Namaste to you lovely people! I’m feeling very grateful today, so I’d like to thank each and every one of you for following my blog. I DO appreciate you!
We’re moving from the Niyamas to the third limb of yoga, ASANA. Postures, poses, the shapes we make, are designed to strengthen and increase the suppleness of the body. But, of course, the benefits are far greater than this. The asanas also work on all the internal processes, and, most importantly, prepare us for meditation.
We’re going to begin this week with the bridge posture – Sethu-Bandhasana. Then we’ll move on to the nose-to-knee poses – Apanasana. We’ll do a gentle twist before using the boat – Navasana – to take us to sitting.
Let’s loosen the legs with some butterfly knees before moving into tortoise posture – Kurmasana. We’ll probably be tempted to throw in the seated balance – Merudandasana! Then move on to a deep forward bend – Paschimottonasana, and then the backward bend – Purvottonasana.
Now, standing, we meet our challenge for this half-term. It’s a sequence which uses 12 postures – Surya Namaskar, the salutation to the sun. By the end of this half-term we’ll be able to perform this sequence gracefully, effortlessly, smoothly! For sure!
Meditation is about appreciating and thanking our bodies. We’ll begin by thanking our spine, our hips, our shoulders, our limbs, our neck; then we’ll thank our internal organs; then we’ll thank all our systems…
Relaxation will be the 22 body parts. Working with asanas allows the body to release, than we’re ready to let go and truly relax.
My laptop was playing up this morning, so I’m very grateful that it decided to finally co-operate!. Thank you, computer, for allowing me to post this week’s class!
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti.