Let your heart lead.

“You are being called to heal yourself,not to agonize over your mistakes. Quit overthinking; this is what surrendering really means. Don’t focus on your problems and don’t obsess about “fixing” things. Avoid forcing “positive thinking”. These thoughts can be psychological. Just leave yourself alone! When you pick at things they never heal. Simply relax and give yourself some time.”   (not why words, but couldnt find from who).

 

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Creating Flexibility for Arm Balances

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One reason why arm balances can be very challenging is that they require both strength and flexibility.

A great place to start your journey towards arm balances might be to create strength in the upper body and the abdominal muscles, never the less, having the capacity to twist and extend your body is going to make it so much more easy.

Any of the sitting twists, like Ardha Matsyendrasana, can help you to build intercostal space, body awareness and most important rotational flexibility in your spine something that is needed for asanas like Parsva Bakasana (Side Crane Pose).

If you don’t have yet the strength to lift your self up, perhaps foccusing in asanas like plank pose or dolphin pose, can be a place to spend some good hours in order to establish a solid foundation.

““Love yourself”, says Buddha, and then immediately he adds, and “watch”. That is meditation – that is Buddha’s name for meditation. But the first requirement is to love yourself and then watch… Create loving energy around yourself. Love your body, love your mind. Love your whole mechanism, your whole organism. By “love” is meant, accept it as it is. Don’t try to repress. We repress only when we hate something, we repress only when we are against something. Don’t repress, because if you repress how are you going to watch?”

Osho – Love, fredoom, aloneness. 

Anjaneyasana – Low Lunge Pose

 

Level: Beginner, the open chest variation might requiere more time, flexibility and abdnominal strength.

Anantomy: Glutes, hamstrings, hips.
Benefits: Stretches the hip flexors, hamstrings, and groin. Decreases sciatic pain and opens the chest and abdomen. It  creates low spine stability by strengthening the thighs, quadriceps, and glutes.

Tips: In the variation and also in the traditional pose lift the torso to lengthen the upper and lower spine, and firm your abdominals.

The process

How many times have you seen an image in Instagram, facebook or any media, and think…..wwwuoo this person is so amazing, they have a great practice.

Behind that “amazing” pic there are 1.000 attempts, hours and hours of practice, perhaps frustration, self judgment, many days where the person thought of quitting or got injured.

Yoga is a path, a choice, not valid for a seccond captured by a camera but by trying to keep connecting with ourselves and finding our own rhythms. So, what i’m trying to say here is, give yourself the acknowledgement of the beauty of your practice, of your process and the place where you are right now.

My your day be full of love…

Wrists flexibility

it is such a crutial part of arm balance asanas and handstands how ready/warm our wrists are before you start getting upside-down.

These are 4 easy, simple possitions to start with. Find movement in all directions, while being aware of not creating pain or forcing joints.

I ussually give myself like 5-10 minutes wrists therapy and then up I go!!!!!!

Quotes

“If there is something you truly want to know,
then you truly want to listen to your own wisdom.
You know, meditation is learning how to listen with your own wisdom,
so that you can see.
I think why meditation is amazingly important,
is that somehow our unconscious world is much bigger.
It is huge, universal, and we don’t understand that one.
Meditation allows this world to be light and knowable, understandable.
That is why it is important.
Normally we are totally robbed by the egotistic, conventional mind,
not allowing the fundamental mind to be functioning.
That is why one should have confidence,
truly… through experience,
one has confidence in one’s spiritual journey.

Lama Thubten Yeshe