Happy New Year!! What a day… trying to finish up and squeeze in all the last minute things before the year ends and I managed to get this video made for you as promised in the “4 flying crows” post
Before you watch, keep in mind that this pose requires you to do the crow variation of bakasana and not the crane expression. The distinction: crow = knees lower near the elbow with elbows bent whereas crane is the full expression of crow with knees high near armpits and arms straight. You’ll need to get your butt high in the air… go ahead and lift that badonkadonk and tell 2012 to kiss it cause we’re flying right into 2013. Enjoy!! Hope the tips help you fly and soar into 2013. As always, let me know if you have comments, feedback or other tips to help with this pose.
I recently received an email from a podcast listener who couldn’t quite get what “star fish” pose was. I don’t remember where I got the name of this pose but I think some crazy yoga teacher made it up at some point (ha! maybe it was me LOL) and an internet search doesn’t yield anything but the real echinoderm or silly people having fun spreading their arms and legs as wide as they can go… and no doubt this yoga version of starfish pose is fun! Think heart opening and expressive… like triangle on crack! Enjoy!
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I am inspired by the number of people who have taken the 365 day handstand challenge and have committed to practice at least one handstand a day for the rest of the year. People who were afraid are now having fun. People who are able to handstand are helping those who are just starting. Oh my heart! Is it possible that practicing a single pose can create community?…. wow.. the heart of yoga in action.
More handstand prep techniques using straps. One step at a time…
Thank you to those who have sent me some pictures and videos already of you practicing… it inspires me.. so keep sending them in (snikkin at yahoo dot com).
The space between breaths…
The space between thoughts…
The space between today and tomorrow…
It is called the present…. It is where life happens. Sometimes the space is peace. Sometimes the space is joy. Sometimes it is love. Sometimes the space feels anything but love. It’s gray. It’s unbearable. It’s uncertain. Nevertheless, it is a space where life happens.
How do I deal?
With a crazy yoga transition that matches the intensity of the space between my thoughts, my breath, my life…. in transition from today until tomorrow until the end of time. Enjoy! Please laugh at me… and laugh at yourself OFTEN…. for this is how you make it through the space between transitions.
Practice and all is coming…. (that includes your life!)
I know it’s not about the destination… but it’s a good feeling when you see your own progress. It’s like checking off another item on your to-do list… not because you’re a type-A perfectionist, but because you know you’re capable.. you’re strong enough, flexible enough, and mostly you’re willing to break through… willing to take a risk… willing to fall.
I first saw this pose done over the summer when I was on my yoga coaching trip to Italy. ”Whoa” was the first word out of my mouth. I wanna do that. And the next words out of my mouth was, but “I’m not strong enough,” followed by a slew of other “buts.” But really, I was afraid to fall. What if I twist my neck, smash my already flat nose, and break a nail? It would surely be the end of the world, right? Of course! So this pose stayed off my mat.
Not for long though cause yoga just knows how to creep back in and test your boundaries. It nags at you. It keeps telling you you’re strong enough. You’re ready. It tells you to trust yourself. And when you get quiet enough, you can hear this faint voice. As you listen this faint voice becomes louder than your doubting voice. Then you find that you don’t even need to have that much courage to try it… you find that all you need is a willingness to open up to courage.