It took me 3 classes to actually enjoy Yin Yoga! My yoga teacher Amanda Fuzes introduced me to Yin, the first two classes were excruciating, I was restless and impatient and wanted to run away. I didn’t, and after almost two years practicing and teaching this incredible philosophy and practice I have noticed some profound effects.
We’re having a big family get together at my place in a few weeks so I have made a plan to get my garden back in shape by then. Back to vigilantly watering my herbs daily and flowers twice a week… But not much is saving my chives, basil and sage- which grew abundantly all summer, providing us delightful flavours for our meals. All I have been able to do is sadly cut off the last of my basil leaves and make my last pesto for the season; and cut back the sage and chives to give to neighbours and friends… The pots look a bit bare but I look forward now to seeing what I can plant to get us through the winter months.
As nature dictates, Autumn is about shedding old- letting go to invite in the new. You don’t see trees holding onto leaves they no longer need, do you? It’s a particularly Eastern tradition to value destruction and death as much as creation and life. Destruction leads to new growth and life, that’s even stronger and more resilient than in the lifetime before. The cycle of life and death through time is impermeable.
Hatha Yoga – means uniting the hot (right) and cool (left) energies in the body. If you’ve perfromed any physical discipline over a period of time, you have probably realised you have a “good” side and a “bad side”. In yoga, that might mean: having one side that’s more stable when you do standing balances; a preferred leg that you kick up with when you do handstands; one side that’s more flexible; less prone to injury; that you relax deeper in. The physical differences can have repercussions on your posture and muscle tension. They also have profound energetic repercussions.
This article is dedicated to our sankalpa for August/ early Spring: to let go of pain/ emotions/ injuries- whatever we’ve been holding onto- that’s ultimately holding us back. What made me think of writing an article about confronting our pain was a practice I have been recently doing to let go of a “party injury!!:- where I clumsily rolled my ankle while wearing precarious stilletos.
A Sequence to Ease Winter Shoulder Pain
By the way- welcome to our brand new, well needed, blog category- Posture Sequencing. I get the feeling i am going to have to perfect the image attachments… so enjoy our first yoga therapy sequence blog post with images very poorly placed on the page!!
I have been hearing many of you complaining about shoulder pain. I am in sympathy, as carrying around a little 10 kilo (and growing) child has caused great grief to my shoulders. Tension can get so great some times that it results in a thumping headache… Here’s a sequence of poses I do regularly to ease the strain, and keep tension headaches at bay….
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