While the held variation of this pose is typically called Setu Bandhasana, the Vinyasa for this pose is called Dwi Pada Pitham, two-legged table pose. The many variations one can choose with regards to foot and arm placement will be explored in future posts. For now, try starting with the feet at a comfortable width apart with the heels placed approximately under the knee and the arms alongside the body. Once you have the feet in place, give yourself the opportunity to take a few breaths to feel the connection between your body with the floor.Read More
What then forms the foundation of a Yoga practice? Though the answer can vary, I have found that a sustainable Yoga practice is supported by proper movement mechanics, awareness of the breath, and a philosophical orientation that considers the relationship between ease and effort. These three concepts have become the bedrock of my own approach to yoga, and have made my personal practice has become both more rewarding and interesting.
Around this time I made a simple commitment to myself – I will try to find time and space to write, and I will continue to take note of those topics I would like to explore more in depth. Rather than deciding that I could not add anything extra into my schedule and withdrawing from the process, I set the intention to write more frequently and practice patience with regards to when and how that might happen. I have tried to leave space for grace to reveal the openings where writing might be possible.Read More
Yoga is not about staying the same and repeating the patterns of thought and movement that do not encourage our continued growth. To a large measure, it is about change, finding the softest part of our being in the most uncomfortable of situations and fundamentally altering the way we interact with the world at large. This transformation happens at its own pace, typically with fits and starts. But with consistent and prolonged practice it occurs, and perhaps then we slowly, but more fully, begin to embody and honor our highest ideals.Read More