I was about to start this post with the question of if you've ever been stuck in a low spot. A silly question really, because I know we have all been there before, maybe too often. Sometimes it's a hole life throws in our path just to trip you up, and sometimes it's a hole we've dug with our own two hands. Too frequently those holes lead deep into a space of self-loathing and denial.
Several years ago, I was buried by my own hand to a depth so profound I barely recognized myself. Rarely do I ever regret anything in life because I know every moment can offer unseen opportunities to learn and grow. But that was one part of my life I wonder if full regret would be beneficial. Perhaps not though. I was able to climb up and out, re-creating a life and self I truly wanted.
That progression felt like coming out of a coma. It certainly wasn't easy, and I couldn't do it alone. It was powerful growth, enough to leave a life-long scar of betterment and awakening. I could do it again if I needed to, or even better, I could help guide someone else through the process. It's something I take along with me throughout the journey into the rest of my life. That personal experience from dark to light often passes through the airspace of my mind as I increasingly find myself truly joyful and happy.
Rise. Surge. Climb. Ascend.
Connecting the threads of the heart and walking dauntlessly past fear is the true key that will unlock your ability to soar.
Rise to soar.
That is a five-day-old puppy, and he's ours!
I don't remember ever really having a problem after long car rides in the past. Yeah, my body was stiff and I needed a couple of stretches and a bathroom break, but then I could sit right back down. It wasn't until I started practicing yoga regularly that car rides became more of an "issue". The past two years, my body has experienced growth, strength, flexibility and constant fluidity. This is a new body. I consider myself very body-conscious, able to notice any changes in movement or feeling. But as a practicing yogi now, I've become much more sensitive to this. I can feel micro-changes. Not moving for long periods of time has become more and more difficult. My desk job has brought to light numerous areas in my body that crave attention. Long car rides are in this same category. There are parts of my body that scream from the basement as if they've been abducted and chained to the wall.
We are all different, but I think we can all relate to sitting for long periods of time and then feeling like our legs are 100 years old after standing up.
I drove from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Lincoln, Nebraska and back...a little over six hours each way. My body felt like one of those oddly-shaped metal art structures often found on college campuses. Needless to say, I needed a yoga-session to put me back in place!
In any back bend pose, it is extremely important to be conscious of what part of the spine is bending. Generally, most of us are more flexible in the lumbar spine (lowest portion of spine, low back). This makes sense because the lumbar spine is naturally curved in favor of back bends. Because of this natural curve, it may seem easiest to use the low back curvature to increase back bending flexibility. This is very unhealthy for the spine and low back., Beginners should be cautious NOT to over-compensate back bends within the lumbar spine.
Notice two very different things in these photos...
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