Tag Archives: inversions

Gotta get upside down!

 

 Have you ever had that feeling where you just need to flip your perspective? Where you would rather be on your hands or head instead of your feet? This is a feeling I have often. I find such a childlike joy from inversions. Handstands always bring a smile to my face, no matter if it’s a “good” or “bad” handstand it makes me happy to play upsidedown. 

In the photo above you’ll see my handstand I played with the other day while out walking my dog with my husband. While in the handstand, from lifting up, being in the pose, and coming down I felt strong, confident, youthful, and happy. Then I looked at the photo and started picking apart my alignment and I began to loose those feelings that inspire me. Originally I thought I can’t share this photo online since my alignment is off. Deciding to forget about it I moved on with out posting the photo. Later in the day I realized how silly it was to not share because my posture wouldn’t make it to the cover of yoga journal. What was important in that moment was the strength and power and ease I had felt within myself. Handstands bring me joy and sharing a photo of me in a handstand shares the joy. 

All the photos we share online don’t need to be perfect. They express a moment in time. That’s where captions come in handy so we can get a sense of what the person taking the photo was trying to evoke. For this picture I am hoping to show joy, spring, that you can stop and play with a yoga pose anywhere – no yoga mat required. Also, that a pose is more than an alignment of bones, it evokes emotions and builds confidence, strength, and flexibility on and emotional and physical level. 

Yoga poses like some knitting projects can be works in progress for months, years, a lifetime. Allowing us to share those imperfect moments shows our human side and allow for softening. What I mean by softening is a removal of judgement and an ease with being in the moment and not jumping a head. Finding your way into a handstand is done in stages and each progession gets you closer to a solid handstand, but there are always adjustments to be made that could take hours or years to integrate into your being. The same in knitting, it’s a progression of learning new techniques to create beautiful art with no particular end date. 

Live Light Practice:

Take a picture to capture a moment of joy or inspiration. It doesn’t have to be perfect, play with what the imagine evokes in you and how you felt in that moment. 

Apr18

No mat required

The practice of yoga, meditation, or breathing exercises does not require a yoga mat or being inside. Anytime, anywhere you can be mindful and practice. While in SC I took time to practice outside on the beach. Practicing in nature is one of the most beautiful ways to really get grounded.

Oct24

One thing that scares you

 

I am sure you have heard the saying before “try one thing a day that scares you”. By following this guidance it can help us to move beyond our comfort zone to a point where we can grow and do things we didn’t know we could before. Challenging ourselves and pushing our limits gives us a chance to change. Trying to do one thing a day that scares you is a way to do that.

When faced with a fear we can cower away from it or forge through it. Being fearless doesn’t necessarily mean you have no fear, but that you act in spite of that fear.

In this photo I am doing a handstand on a 5 ft high rock wall. Although I am not afraid of handstands, I was nervous to be trying them so high up with limited space for error. It was exhilarating and forced me to stay very focused on my control while upside down. It was a mindful practice that challenged me physically and mentally.

 

Live Light Practice:

Do one thing today that scares you. It can be anything from talking to a stranger to trying a cartwheel! Have fun with it and see how you feel after.

Sep29

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Start your day with a new perspective.

Go upside down in a forward fold, down-dog, or handstand.

Mar06
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