Posts Tagged ‘spirit animals’

Today’s Spirit Animal and Asana: Praying Mantis

September 16, 2011

The Praying Mantis by Ogden Nash

From whence arrived the praying mantis?
From outer space, or lost Atlantis?
glimpse the grin, green metal mug
at masks the pseudo-saintly bug,
Orthopterous, also carnivorous,
And faintly whisper, Lord deliver us.

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My husband and I have been trying to have an Outdoor Movie night all summer.  Between busy friends and rain, we finally had our chance last Saturday, September 10, 2011.  We decided to screen two Muppet Movies.  It was to be an old school double feature.  We decided to watch The Muppet Movie, (1979) my favorite of the Muppet Movies.  Our Second feature was to be my husband’s favorite, The Great Muppet Caper (1981).


We watched both movies…note to self: Schedule next outdoor movie night closer to a New Moon instead of near a Full Moon.

Other than the bright moonlight, everything went well.  We even had people stick around to help us dismantle everything.

Being a photographer, I used a background and stands for the screen.

As we began breaking down the backdrop, we noticed a Praying Mantis.  He did not want to leave our screen.  We put the stands down, carried the cloth and he still hung on.  Finally, I had to move our little friend so I could take the equipment into the house.

As spirit Animals, Praying Mantises are all about calm, quiet, stillness and are perfect symbols for meditation.  They show is to be patient with others as well as ourselves.  They channel female warrior energy. When a praying mantis appears in your life it is asking you to direct your energy, thoughts or actions in a different way. “Follow Mantis” means putting that core aspect of yourself, your foundation of Spirit, at the helm and let it direct your intellect and ultimately your life.

Now on to the asana:  Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis is a balancing squat that helps open hips.

  • Begin in Table Pose
  • Curl toes under and begin to walk hands back towards your knees
  • Roll back onto your feet and allow your knees to come up off of the floor
  • Inhale your arms up, overhead
  • Interlace your fingers, index fingers up
  • Exhale, keeping your arms straight, lower your arms and lean torso forward
  • Point your fingers to the floor
  • Drishti is at your fingers
  • Hold for several breaths
  • Release to child’s pose for a few breaths

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Today’s Spirit Animal and Asana: Grasshopper

September 22, 2010

I’ve been encountering a lot of wild life lately.  It seems they have a message.

This Grasshopper actually landed on my arm and hung out there until I moved him to this plant.

Grasshoppers are Good Luck.  They symbolize abundance (perfect for the Autumnal Equinox).  Grasshoppers teach us to move forward and take chances, to act on a whim and jump in.  Grasshoppers give us bravery to listen to our internal voices.

In yoga, Grasshopper Posture, better known as Locust Pose or Shalabha-asana, teaches us to looking inward.  We open our hearts in back bends.  We learn compassion, to love and forgive.  Strengthening our backs helps us to stand tall in the assuredness that we have all the answers and we will eventually prosper.

How to perform Shalabha-asana (Locust or Grasshopper Pose):

  • Lay on your mat, belly down, arms at your sides
  • Inhale and lift your chest, neck, head and legs
  • Hold posture, and breathe
  • Relax your neck and bring your shoulders away from your ears
  • Open your Heart Chakra
  • Inhale and lift a bit higher
  • Drishti (eye gaze) is up, about where walls and ceilings generally meet
  • Lower back to your mat on an Exhale
  • After you complete Locust Pose, relax in Child’s Pose (Balasana)

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Today’s Spirit Animal and Asana: The Blue Heron

September 13, 2010

I’m having a trying day today.  Nothing too horrible going on in my life, but there are a few crazy things happening that have gotten under my skin lately.  I went to the Reading Museum Park during my lunch break, to relax and find some peace.  I was lucky enough to see this majestic Blue Heron.
(at least I think it was a Blue Heron)
Animals offer guidance and help with the challenges of our daily lives.

The Blue Heron:

Herons are solitary animals that teach us to stand on our own.

They show us the wisdom of standing still.
Through them we learn patience to wait; what we need always comes to us.
Herons teach us to walk with deliberation.
Often standing on one foot, Herons show us balance.  They are power animals.
They help to awaken your soul.
They teach you to assert your self in the face of others discouragement.
The Heron brings self-reliance and helps you gain independence.

So today through the Blue Heron.  I will be strong, confident and I will assert myself.
Today I will find Peace and I will relish my ability to stand alone.

Every year I pick an asana or two to try and master by the end of the year.  Ironically, HERON POSE (Krounchasana) was on of my chosen postures to work on this year.

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