Add yoga mat, music and a candle. I would use it for opening my heart once gain, in privacy, securely. I would lie on my back, bend my knees and place my feet flat on the ground. My palms flat on the ground above my shoulders. I would take a deep breath, pressing into my palms, lifting my head, shoulders, and hips off the mat, straightening my arms and legs. The wheel pose – The Heart opener. I feel exposed, vulnerable, weak.
An open heart in my life, means not afraid to love, to share, to open your heart. Which also can be difficult or dangerous if you have closed yourself off for protection against emotional pain. An open heart is beautiful creation. Allows you to willingly give and receive love. I’m opening up in way that feels safe and secure, at my own pace, here in my breathing room.
increases elasticity and flexibility of the spine
strengthens your arms, wrists, abdomen, legs, shoulders and chest
opens up the chest and strengthens the lungs
energizes you physically and mentally
heart opening backbend intended to cure any broken hearts from our past, while allowing ourselves new opportunity for love
I bend my knees slightly, lift my left foot up and cross it thigh over the right. Point my left toes toward the floor, then hook the top of the foot behind the lower right calf. Now I balance on the right foot. Cross my arms so the right arm is above the left and then bend my elbow. I wind them around each other and press palms together. Now standing and balancing in
E A G L E
Easy, I can do this! I am now the king of the birds! I feel strength & focus in my eagle spirit. I have turned into an Eagle, Rising above the all material to see the spiritual. Just When My master says ‘Now come out of your pose and change the cross of the Legs’ I relax and mentally prepare myself for changing my legs. I start very slowly because I don’t trust my left foot. While I’m just slowly bending my knee – I notice the whole studio room is full of perfect still eagles balancing on left foot like they were all eagle egg hatched! I panic. That’s where my head gets full of thoughts and I start talking to myself in my head:
‘Oh Great! You just lost your focus! Come on! You can do this! Concentrate; do not compare yourself to those other Birds! Take a deep inhale – focus – You standing now – exhale – keep it Balanced .. Ok, ok .. let me do this, just stop talking to me please!’
I’m now Balancing on my left foot I cross my arms in reversed order, then… Expected happened: my Left foot let me down and I flew my Eagle with all its ability to see hidden spiritual truths right out of my pose. Well, I may not have Eagle qualities, but the good news is strong Eagles aren’t born, they’re made. And with Eagle’s determination I keep practicing to become a better Eagle.
This is a lesson learnt from skilled and fearless Eagle: Work smarter, not harder.
Eagle Pose Benefits
Strengthens and stretches the ankles and calves
Stretches the thighs, hips, shoulders, and upper back
My yoga practice is one of the many gifts that i received through my life.
My Favorite Yoga Pose: Headstand!
Why Headstand ?
My perspective of the world has completely changed since I mastered my first Headstand, then i got addicted to this view on life. All I wanted to do all day long is to – Headstand! To be in upside down position gives me a strong sense of independence.
And as deeper I go into any yoga poses I realize how much they remind me my own situations in my own life.
As an example I have a little problem with Balancing as simple as standing on one foot – especially my left foot – which I can clearly see in my own life – Unable to stay grounded – unbalanced and not always in control or harmony with myself.
When In Headstand I feel great, I feel comfortably at home, I found myself. I feel like an outsider of society listening to only my own inner voice. Being in Unusual position – translates in my life as being always “different” in so many ways – that make no sense to nobody but Me. Taking pleasure in Doing things I was told I can Not Do. But I know this will take me to the right place. One thing is for sure, once you have been the Upside-down Head-standing you never see things quite as you did before.
My girlfriends always question me about my waxing experiences, it actually became a very popular and fun topic to talk about, after one glass of wine. I have been getting waxed for over 6 years and I have to agree with my girls “I am a Pro” I come, I strip, I hope up on the table, I lie down, I relax, I Chat, I Smile, no pain and leave the salon silky smooth. So I get questioned about it a lot. Girls ask me all kind of things: about getting nude or the pain. But mostly they are curious about the actual position when getting Hollywood wax.
Well, for me it’s just like a Butterfly pose in yoga. (lie down on your back, bend your knees, open them like a book, bring the soles of your feet together then keep legs in butterfly)
I lie there on the top of table comfortably and shamelessly, my legs open as wide as it goes, in my case after two years of practicing yoga my hips can open really wide effortlessly. With my knickers off getting my usual “Hollywood” wax. After so many years of regular waxing it is just like going for a haircut or pedicure, and No, I do not feel pain anymore. And Yes, ofcourse it was very painfull on the beginning. The girls in the salon are proffesional and will try to make your experience as painless as they possibly can.
To explain Hollywood wax: is much more then just a bikini line and a bit more then brazilian wax (often left with small strip or triangle shape piece of hair in the front) Well, Hollywood means to take it all off !
About Butterfly Pose:
Your Hips Would Love you for this!
Nice pose for pregnant woman also.