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🌷🎯📝 Day 1️⃣9️⃣ of with ➡️ 📝🎯🌷
The idea behind this today is to practice that family of poses applying the ‘surrendering’ concept we’ve been talking about. Besides devotion, intention, enthusiasm,... another important element to include is a sense of letting go, accept we can’t control everything and be content with that. I tend to attract ‘intense’ people to my classes (same vibes???) and, quite often, I have to tell them to ‘chill’ and do ‘less’. Having a fiery personality reflects also in our practice and, quite often, too much fire brings injuries and other problems. In order to have balance, there has to be a cooling/soothing component, like the yielding I’m proposing. If you wonder how to practically apply it: warm up for backbends and, when you arrive to tougher ones (like the one in the pic), give yourself 2-3 extra breaths to lengthen the spine and push the arch higher as the chest goes out more. Keep opening the heart area, imagine there’s a hand behind you, between the blades, pushing slightly, and keep that sensation the whole time you’re in the pose. Relax the head, let gravity stretch the throat. Drop shoulders, push pubic bone into the mat and bend the legs, sending toes towards crown. Instead of forcing yourself to close the gap by doing unnatural moves (like contracting the hamstrings to the point where they cramp), forget how far you are and concentrate on making the backbend feel GREAT. When you practice to feel fantastic/rejuvenated/at peace, instead of having an agenda to be done by a certain date, all weight lifts up and you’ll enjoy your time on the mat way more (and improve faster too, though that’s secondary). What backbends are you surrendering into recently? What’s the one you find difficult to do that? Feel free to comment below and see what unfolds...
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