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Celebrate Palm Sunday with Palm Tree Yoga Pose

April 15, 2011

Palm Sunday 2011 is April 17.  Christians celebrate Palm Sunday the one-week before Easter.  It marks the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem. The palm tree was considered a symbol of victory and well-being. Before Ash Wednesday (of the next year), the Palm is burned and used as a symbol of penitence during Lent.

The Palm Tree was also sacred to the Greek god Apollo.

PALM TREE POSE
Palm Tree Pose is a great spinal alignment pose.  It lengthens your entire body.  It opens your heart and chest.  Palm Tree energizes and releases tension as it strengthens your arms and legs.

Palm Tree Pose (Talasana)

Begin in Mountain Pose

Inhale, raise arms over head (palms facing each other), and rise up onto toes

Breathe

Inhale and straighten your entire body reaching up

Exhale bend back slightly

Drishti (gaze) is on fingers

Hold for a few slow deep breaths

Exhale-lower arms and heels

Return to Mountain Pose

Palm Tree Variations…

Kundalini Palm Tree Pose

Same as above, but legs are wider than hip width apart, toes turned out slightly

Swaying  (or Swinging) Palm Tree Pose (Tiryaka Tadasana)

Palm tree with side stretch to each side

Tree Pose Variation-Palm Tree

Come to Tree Balance Pose

Inhale arms up

Exhale elbows down to shoulder height, arms at a right angle (upper arms parallel to floor).

Palms facing forward, fingers spread

Wall/Palm Tree Variation

Begin in Mountain Pose

Inhale arms up into the air

Exhale elbows down to shoulder height, arms at a right angle (upper arms parallel to floor).

Palms facing forward, fingers spread

Slowly walk backwards until your entire back is against a wall

Concentrate on aligning your body with the wall

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Vernal (Spring) Equinox

March 4, 2010

(ver = spring; equinox =equal night)

Sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator on March 20, 2010, this will give us about 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.

The vernal Equinox is celebrated as a time of growth and renewal.

In ancient times, Europeans celebrated the coming of the Goddess of Spring- Ostera also known as Eostre.

Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox and it is thought that Easter gets its name from Eostre, she had an enchanted rabbit that could lay eggs.

Vernal Equinox Traditions:

Pagan tradition may include a green cloth, candle, soil, seed, flowers, paper and a pen on the altar. There’s a dance around an imaginary circle clock-wise. Each participant records desires on paper,  then the paper is burned. The ashes are then mixed with the soil.

Persians have a dinner made up of seven foods, beginning with the letter ‘S.’ Table decorations include a mirror, a bowl of water with one freshly-picked green leaf and a centerpiece of candles.

Eggs are often colored and covered with symbols that represent wisdom, strength, and fertility.

On the Vernal Equinox, it’s said that it is possible to balance a raw egg on its side.

Children’s Ostara Chant

Welcome, welcome, warm fresh earth!
Today we celebrate rebirth!
Blowing wind, rising sun,
Bringing the spring to everyone!
Rabbits hopping, chicks in the nest,
Spring is the season we love the best!
Celebrate the green of the earth with me –
Happy Ostara, and blessed be!

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