Yoga has been a part of my every day lately, be it YouTube practice with yoga vidya (search it - he’s great) or pranic breathing on the subway or sitting in sukhasana every morning and feeling rooted to the earth. As one video said it “be nurtured by mother earth and recharged by father sky”. I liked that. Sukhasana is today’s featured pose by @growsoulbeautiful and happens to be one of them I can actually do! It’s called easy pose or roughly translated sukha = sweet & asana = pose, so sweet pose :) Yoga journal wrote a good article on setting it up here:
Happy Birthday to the remarkable yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda, who has been a major influence on my spiritual path. Ever hopeful, humble and loving.
“Yes, She is the source of your well being, because you are here only for a little while. Everything you experience is temporary. Only the association with God is permanent and forever; and, since this is so, you must not be deluded by the temptations of the world so that you forget. The Creator can be known. The Master-Mistress of the universe who twinkles in the stars, whose life-throb is in every blade of grass, is the One you must find. That is the most important thing in this world. You must seek the Beloved in the temple of silence. When your heart again and again, with unquenchable devotion and attention, cries to the Divine Mother, then you will find Her.”
Child’s pose is so underrated. It helps with dizziness from headaches, relieves fatigue, helps reduce anxiety, releases tension and pressure in the lower back and spine, and normalizes circulation. Every pose in yoga has a set of incredible benefits, but child’s pose is such a simple and effortless one that feels good to almost everyone.
2013: The Year That 2012 Wasn’t
So, its February again.
This time last year I was probably queuing up posts for the day and wistfully imagining the incredible year-long progress pics I’d be posting of my journey to my goal body in which I should be happily, healthily, hotly sitting right now.
2012 had other plans for me. I spent 5 of it’s 12 months coping with the pain of a lumbar spine injury complete with visits to the Doctor, useless medication and misdiagnosis. It was chiropractic (specifically NKT) that set me on the road to recovery. I also had very concrete results from the well-researched use of meditation (specifically compassion, love and forgiveness) in the treatment of low back pain. Both courses combined with patience and time have returned me to a cautious, albeit vulnerable state of healthy, vital strength.
I have a deep new found respect for people who cope with chronic pain. Just as a back injury will show you that every movement in your body is dependent on your back, chronic pain will show you that a lot of your life’s vitality and inspiration derives from being in a pain free state. Now that I’m back to that state, I will do anything to preserve it. I will remain grateful for all of my ability and treat it with humble respect. I will continue the practices that restored my health, knowing they will only serve my continued growth. It’s important to not remove the sun, soil and water that made the seed sprout just because you finally broke ground. That means more yoga, more chiropractic and more cultivation of a loving, accepting mind.
2012 did not see me reach my goal body. I guess that wasn’t what was necessary for my path. It seems I got what I needed rather than what I wanted. All things in place now, I believe deeply that I’m perfectly poised for what I want. I believe deeply that what I want is exactly what I need today and that I am speeding towards it, now equipped with the necessary mental game to respect and nurture my body towards it’s best.
I’m still strong and reasonably fit. I have all kinds of good habits that are more the norm than bad ones. I have a kinder, gentler respect for my body and will use that to coax it along further, to a stronger and more alive version of myself.
I will need support. From my friends and family. From all of you wonderful fitblrs who show me an elite mindset wherever you may be in your journey. I’ll need you to have my back. I’ve got yours anytime. Most importantly, I’ve got my own.
Let’s do this!