Curious Bamboo learned that
every inhalation is an opportunity to engage, expand, and grow,
and that every exhalatioN is an opportunity
to cleanse, reset and refocus.
Below are several of Curious bamboo’s favorite asanas where she applies life’s learnings to practice
Mindfulness is about being present, fully aware and engaged in the moment in order to accept things for what they are.
Tadasana (Standing pose)
Inhale reaching the crown of your head to the sky, neck and spine long and straight, exhale feeling the soles of your feet deeply rooted into the earth. Tuck your tailbone in, fingers spread and arms activated by your sides. Drishti and gaze forward, shoulders rolled back with an open heart, neck and spine long and straight. Inhale a deep breath in through your nose to reach the crown of your head higher to the sky, exhale a deep breath out of your nose to find more stability and groundness in the earth.
Clarity is the ability to see things for what they are without judgment, anticipation, expectations or control.
Vrksasana (Tree pose)
Standing in Tadasana, inhale your right leg off the ground, exhale finding stability in your left leg. Gently lift the sole of your right foot onto the inside of your upper left thigh or the front of your left thigh utilizing the inhalation of your breath to guide your lift. Exhale finding more groundness in your stance. Inhale raising your chest and arms high to the sky, exhale finding more groundness in your stance. Inhale to lengthen your spine, exhale, slowly lowering your arms and leg to release. Switch legs.
RELEASING OF JUDGMENT
Releasing of judgment is about detaching from what you know. It’s about allowing the moment to be what it is for where it is in its time.
Uttanasana (Forward fold)
Standing in Tadasana, inhale both arms high to the sky, lengthening from the base of the spine to the top of the neck, drishti and gaze forward. Exhale folding from the lower back and lumbar or hinging from the hips, keeping the spine straight, heart open, shoulders relaxed and drishti and gaze forward. With every inhalation, elongate your spine, reaching the crown of your head to the sky and with every exhalation, folding deeper in your bend keeping your tailbone tucked in. Your breath should guide every movement whether you’re extending or flexing, and when you inhale, you lengthen to become longer and when you exhale, you fold even deeper from the lumbar spine.
Impermanence is about permission. It’s allowing everything to have its purpose and function and releasing attachments to an anticipated or expected outcome.
Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle)
Standing in Tadasana, inhale to lift your right foot, exhale to swing your right foot behind you, toes facing the back of the mat, hips opening to the side. Inhale to raise your arms up inline with your shoulders, exhale finding stability in your stance. Inhale reaching your right fingers as far forward over your right toes as possible, gazing over your right middle finger, exhale windmill your right fingers down to the earth, left fingers reaching the sky. Inhale to lengthen your stretch from the left middle finger to the right, exhale finding stability. Inhale, windmill your arms up, exhale, step your right foot to meet your left at the top of the mat, releasing your hands back into Tadasana.
Embracing is about integration, absorption, commitment and assimilation without attachment and expectations.
Bakasana (Crow pose)
Standing in Uttanasana (forward fold), inhale to halfway forward fold, exhale full forward fold with knees bent and hands on the mat, fingers spread, arms slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Inhale to walk your knees to meet your underarms, exhale finding groundness in your palms and stability with your shins on your upper arms. Inhale to tilt forward, lifting the toes off the mat, drishti and gaze in line with eye sight, exhale finding groundness in your palms and stability with your shins on your upper arms. Inhale to draw your heels toward your glutes, exhale finding stability in your palms and with your shins on your upper arms. Inhale lifting slightly higher, exhale, to slowly lower down.
Letting go creates the opportunity to be truly present. Rather than reacting to emotions, thoughts, sensations or stimulis, letting go allows objectivity to bring awareness and mindfulness to what is happening, preventing the creation of self inflicted suffering.
Shavasana (Corpse pose)
In a seated position with legs bent, inhale to lengthen your spine, exhale to slowly extend both legs to the front of the mat. Engaging your core, inhale to lift your heart, exhale, to slowly lower yourself, one vertebrae down at a time. Tuck your tailbone in so there is no gap between your lower back and the earth. With hands by your side, palms facing up to receive and eyes closed, inhale to expand your lungs, exhale to feel your entire body grounded on the earth. Challenge yourself to focus on the inner movement of your breath, resisting every urge to adjust, move or react to any stimuli that arises in this pose. Allow yourself to focus on the movement of the inhalation that’s contracting and tightening your diaphragm to expand your lungs and draw your ribcage in and exhalation that relaxes the muscles so the ribs can move down, inwards under gravity and push the air back out of the lungs.
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