Posts Tagged ‘balance’

November 27th is Pins and Needles Day! Celebrate with Thread the Needle Poses!

November 26, 2011

In honor on Pins and Needles Day, try Thread the Needle Poses!

Thread the Needle from Table Pose

Come to Table Pose: hands and knees.
Wrist and Shoulders in alignment and Knees and Hips in alignment.  Top of feet flat

*Allow your weight to sink into your Right Hand,

Lift your Left Hand off the mat, Palm facing Up

Slide your Left arm under your right Arm

Allow your Left Shoulder and side of your head to come to the mat

Inhale and raise your Right Arm in to the air or

Bend your Right elbow, bringing your Right back of your Hand to your Left Hip

Repeat on the opposite side.

Thread the Needle from Child’s Pose

Come to Child’s Pose: Table, then push hips back onto your heels, arms extended, Then follow from ‘*’

Variations

Thread the Needle BALANCE           

From Table Thread the Needle Pose…

Thread the Needle ‘*’ then Lift Leg (if your right arm is raised, raise Left Leg)

Hold

Repeat on Opposite Side

Thread the Needle BALANCE with a Bind

Come into Thread the Needle Balance Pose

Bend the knee of your Right raised leg

Reach back with your Right Hand

Hold your Right Foot with your Right Hand (bind)

Press your Foot into your hand

Squeeze your shoulder blades together and

Turn your heart Chakra up

Drishti is to the ceiling

Repeat on the Left Side

More Calendar Theme Yoga Poses

More Table Poses Coming soon…. 

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September 22, 2010 is the Autumnal Equinox

September 21, 2010

Equinoxes are a time of change and balance.

The word “equinox” means equal, and “nox,” means “night.  The two Equinoxes have an equal amount of day and night.

The Autumnal Equinox is a time to give thanks and rejoice in the abundance in your life.

Give thanks by holding a food drive or creating a gratitude list.  Try spending time in nature.

Try this Gratitude Ritual:

  • Face NORTH – Give thanks for your home, finances and health.
  • Face EAST – Give thanks for the knowledge you posses.
  • Face SOUTH – Give thanks for accomplishments in your career.
  • Face WEST – Give thanks for your spiritual growth and development.

Make a dream pillow by stitching two 7″ square pieces of fabric together and fill with two cups of some sound sleep, deep dream, better dream-recall herbs such as hops, lavender flowers, rosemary and rose petals.

Create a meal with some traditional fall foods like Squash, Apples, Root Veggies, Corn, Wine and Beer.

Practice Yoga and Meditation. Try some Balance Asanas like Tree, Eagle, Crane, Warrior III, Dancer’s Pose and half Moon Balance.  Try Alternate Nostril Breathing.

Find Balance with this Candle Ritual:

Light both a white and a black candle, and repeat:

A balance of night and day, a balance of light and dark
Tonight I seek balance in my life
as it is found in the Universe.
A black candle for darkness and pain
and things I can eliminate from my life.
A white candle for the light, and for joy
and all the abundance I wish to bring forth.
At Mabon, the time of the equinox,
there is harmony and balance in the Universe,
and so there shall be in my life.

For more info, check up last year’s post Autumnal Equinox 2009

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Alternate Nostril Breathing: (Nadi Shodhana or Anuloma Viloma )

September 20, 2010

Alternate Nostril Breathing: (Nadi Shodhana or Anuloma Viloma )

Without know it, our natural breathing alternates from one nostril to the next.  We breathe through one nostril for about 2 hours, then we breath through the other nostril for around 2 hours and we continue on in this way.

The Right Nostril is considered Masculine; it controls energy, heat, force and competition

The Left Nostril is Feminine; it controls nurturing, calming and coolness.

Alternate Nostril Breathing is a technique in which you inhale through one nostril, and exhale through the opposite nostril.

This technique helps direct Prana (energy).  Alternating your breathing nostrils helps to bring balance to your life.  By soothing the nervous system, you become more relaxed and sleeping improves.  Practicing Nadi Shodhana is a great way to prepare for meditation.

How to Practice Nadi Shodhana

Come to a comfortable seated position

Begin to notice your breath

Begin with a few rounds of Dirga Pranayama (Three Part Breath)

When you are ready to begin, choose your hand position*.

Close your eyes.

Close your Left Nostril and Inhale through your Right Nostril

Switch Nostrils and Exhale through your Left Nostril (Right nostril is now closed)

Inhale through your Left Nostril (Switch fingers closing your left nostril and opening your right)

Exhale through your Right Nostril

This equals one round.  Try to repeat 6 more times for a total of 7 rounds.

IN-R, EX-L

IN-L, EX-R

After all seven rounds are complete, return to normal breathing.

*Mudras for Alternate Nostril Breathing

Vishnu Mudra:  use your right hand.  Right thumb holds right nostril closed, curled index and middle finger controls the left nostril.

I prefer to use a third eye mudra.  With your right hand, place your index and middle finger together on your third eye (Ajna chakra, the place between and slightly above your eyebrows).  Right thumb controls the right nostril, and the bent ring and pinky fingers control the Left nostril.

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Yoga Balance Poses

September 23, 2009

Asanas For Balance

Centering

Affirmation for Abundance:
I give thanks, now, for all that I have;
the seen and the unseen that are already mine.

Alternate Nostril Breath

Warm up

Sunflower Breath

Downward Facing Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana

Chair – Utkatasana, lift up on toes

Crescent Moon – Ashta Chandrasana

Tree – Vrksasana

Standing, Knee to chest – Apanasana

Dancer – Natarajasana

Warrior III – Virabhadrasana III

Half Moon Pose – Ardha Chandrasana

Revolved Half Moon Pose – Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana

Horse Pose– Vatayanasana

Squat to Sit

To begin a harvest meditation sit straight, eyes closed, hands in lap and take a few even breaths – breathe in 4 counts; breathe out 4 counts; breathe in 4…