This weeks Yoga we will be focusing on the importance of opening the hips to release the back... and how does this effect us positively.
Well, by doing so we in fact release much more...
This week I have had an emotional roller coaster of a ride and it's the release, the vinyasa, the connection with my breath that circulates the positivity to my whole being that enables me to in fact fully open up. To take no shit and to be strong is pretty hard sometimes, but there was a wise man once that really taught me something 'Truth Against The World' he said. It came off a sign at a Celtic Exhibition in fact and today, this is what I live by... Truth....
So opening the hips can be a challenge for some but to have courage, to be kind and to be truthful in your practice allows the ride to be pretty sweet and emotions to be set free.
Feel deep in to the body and allow the body and mind to rest.
I too practiced a lot of pranayama this week and the connections that formed for me in my self awareness was incredible, that actually we don't need to always get on the mat and make shapes, we need to breathe and realise why.
To live fully. If we are fully awakened beyond the illusions of our own self story creation, then we can begin to comprehend compassion and love. As the wonderful teacher Christopher Gladwell writes in his Engaged Yoga text "Compassion is ultimately facilitating the transparency of the self-story mechanism in all beings everywhere. This dissolution of the self story mechanism through it becoming transparent leads to the ultimate freedom of yoga. It is from this place of freedom that one can then live as love through responsive, creative and spontaneously appropriate action."
We must come to realise the relations between our practice, our daily lives and our actions in the world, our relationships, our truth, our words, our responses to challenging situations or people. Yoga flows off the mat and can therefore only flow on the mat when you have a conscious and compassionate approach to life in general. Brahman meaning 'inseparability' is what is described here. You and everything are not separate. Lets remember this and work as one. A whole.
Starting with our hips and releasing yourself in more ways than one.
Yogic tradition holds the hips as a storage ground for negative feelings and pent-up emotions, especially ones related to control in our lives. Hip-opening can also create space for the birth of new ideas and new pathways. Opening the hips gives us access to freedom in the body and in our own unique expression — creatively, physically, sexually, and spiritually. http://www.yogajournal.com/article/anatomy/qa-hip-openers-good/