Weekly Yoga Practice – 2

In the last week or two we have oscillated between high spirits of spring and low energy of grey skies. With those energy changes, we can either stick with our plans and carry them out exactly as we planned it, or just take each day at a time. This week’s practice will touch upon both approaches.

You will have two tasks. The first one is spend at least 30 min walking in nature… not in your neighbourhood, not at your lunch break around your workplace, no! In nature.

If in doubt what nature is, here is a picture of nature, taken last year during the Magnolia walk. Nature usually has trees, flowers and birds chirping and chirping and chirping 🙂 And chirping.

The second task will be to relax in Viparita Karani in the evening, and particularly after a day spent sitting or walking. Viparita Karani is also known as “Legs Up the Wall” and has a couple of versions.

1. You need about 2-3 feet wide wall space. Sit right next to the wall, with your right thigh touching the wall. Lower your  back to  the floor and swing  the legs up the wall.

Modifications:

1. If you do not have the bolster (which is under her pelvis on the photo above), you can just be on the floor or a folded blanket.

2. If your legs are not straight, move away from the wall until they come to a straight position.

3. If your hands are not comfortable, put something under your wrist,  like a rolled towel.

Pay attention to:

1. This is a relaxation pose – so face, breath, belly – all relaxed.

Stay in the pose  for a couple of minutes, then gently push away from the wall with your feet. “Knees to the chest” and then turn sideways.

Each pose tells you something – you need to listen carefully…

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
John Muir

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