The discipline of yoga won’t stop us dying, but it will help to keep us healthy and positive until we do!
We’re focusing on Tapas, the Niyama which means discipline. We’ll begin with a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ poem about death. We’ve been discovering this term that poetry takes us to a different place – there’s something about the rhythm which engages the mind in a different way…
Let’s begin our posture work with lying side-stretches. We’ll see how supple we feel in the hips and the side of the body. Then we’ll move through the boat, and on to the abdomen for cobra, locust and bow. Stretching back on to the knees, we’ll experiment with the variation on the swan.
Now let’s reacquaint ourselves with our old friend half-camel and camel. Backward bends are a great discipline for opening the front of the body, the heart and the heart chakra. then we can have a counter-stretch in the form of the child.
Following these with the mermaid will give the spine a good work-out, and we’ll complete our asanas with a balance – the cosmic egg.
Meditation, after the cool-downs, is our challenge at this time. Let’s see how we’re progressing with the discipline of counting backwards from 200.
Relaxation will feature the 22 body part exercise – Marmanasthanam Kriya.
Use the discipline of yoga to remain healthy and positive in a changing world!
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti