|Affection During Practice Keeps Me Centered|
I hope that my photo journal of our practices has not overwhelmed you. One or two of my friends' comments made me feel like I may have overdone it. My goal was to share the journey. I do many of the poses with some variation on proper position, in order to manage my own version of the pose. I'll soon be sharing more versions to help you find one that works for you. This has been the most helpful feedback I've received. Each of you need your own way to perform a pose, in which you can enjoy the breath, the relaxation, the centering of your practice and your life.
Here are a few things I've learned from my own Yoga journey. Of course it is ongoing, so I'll continue to add to this list. Will you join me by commenting with your own lessons. I'd love to hear your views on this.
|Tanner's Paw on My Heart Chakra: I'm Melting!|
- Each exhale is an opportunity to go deeper into a stretch. I never understood the relationship between oxygen intake and the flexiblity needed in Yoga until this experience. My goal is to stop when I have taken at least 2 breaths without continuing to extend my stretch.
- My dogs especially enjoy floor poses when I'm at their level and can massage or carress them. This didn't surprise me, but what did was watching their eyes follow me as I move from standing poses to floor poses, and back again. Their attention to my position is amazing.
- Oliver has gained a degree of trust in me when being lifted, as long as I respect that he prefers to be held against my body for security. We're communicating :)
- Tanner enjoys watching as well as participating, and often appears to ponder what I'm doing. He'll sometimes bring me a toy as if to offer an alternative to contorting my body. He's such a love.
- Tanner is quite willing to be my balancing aid for poses that require this. I've found him to be an enormous help in the Airplane pose, a great kisser in Upward Facing Dog, a steady support for Warrior 2 and the Side Angle Pose, as well as a curious friend when I perform Legs Up the Wall. My heart melts when he places his paw on my Heart Chakra.
- Watch Me is a great command to keep my dogs' eyes on what I'm doing so no one gets stepped on. Who knew we could use my practice to continue the dogs' training?!!
- Always end with playtime on the floor. That's the ultimate reward for my dogs--interaction and affection. It keeps us all coming back for more practice.
- Finally, I've learned to laugh at myself when I can't get a pose anywhere in the realm of correct. There is no CORRECT. Sadly, my own sitting forward fold and wide legged forward fold are far, far, far from where I want them to be. The spasms in