I’m pretty sure that in last year’s December newsletter I was campaigning for everyone to fight the holiday busy-ness by deliberately slowing down and aligning the body with the rhythms of nature. In yoga terms this means turning one’s attention and energy inwardly through forward bends and generally more quieting practices. Well, this year I’m purposefully singing a different tune. Lately I’ve been practicing back bends, which are extroverted poses that have an energizing effect. And somehow this juxtaposition between the dwindling light of the encroaching winter solstice and the expanding of lightness inside of my chest has been making me feel wonderfully balanced. It’s truly amazing to me that I can move through these physical postures and experience a shift toward a more warm-hearted attitude, almost like I want to give my best Tiny Tim rendition all day — “God bless us all, everyone.” I know that sounds horribly Hallmarky, but it’s the way that I feel.
Each of our new releases features sequences of poses that are designed to restore lightness to the center of your chest and improve your breathing. In Mission Impossible 5, Shannon Hill guides you through her personal recipe for entering Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana, which is Sanskrit for the pose that’s depicted at the top of this newsletter. Stunning, right?! Level 3 practitioners will certainly want to give that a try. Then 20 in 20 #2 is one of my favorite recipes for approaching Ustrasana, or the Camel’s Pose. This is a fabulous way for level 2 practitioners to create openness in the chest without fear of putting weight on the head. Don’t have time during your holiday errands to squeeze in a 20-minute practice? No problem, check out One Pose Wonder #3 and in a mere 5 minutes you’ll get a good taste of the lightness of being that yoga inimitably provides. Hope you enjoy! Happy Holidays!
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