breath, mulling things over, poses

Good practice, good breathing

Kate and Dana just came over for our Friday morning session.  Often we do restorative poses because one or the other of us has some sort of issue (headache, sore joints, etc.).  

Today we did a little bit of everything:  body rolling to start, then alternating Adho Mukha Svansana (downward-facing dog) and Uttanasana (standing forward bend), then a few standing poses, including Ardha Chandrasana (half moon) for balance, then some seated poses, the ones that are well nigh impossible for Kate and me, and dead easy for Dana – Upavista Konasana (seated forward bend), Baddha Konasana (cobbler) and Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend), then what we referred to as a lying-around pose, or Supta Virasana (reclining hero), and then Savasana (corpse).

In Savasana, my brain was chattering away a mile a minute.  I was thinking about several people I know who are in some pain (physical and/or emotional).  I kept reining myself in, reminding myself to breathe.  Finally I thought “breathe in black, breathe out white, bless them all.” I took a deep breath and then the timer rang to signal the end of practice.  It was good.

Adho Mukha Svanasana
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Uttanasana I
Uttanasana I
Utthita Trikonasana
Utthita Trikonasana
Utthita Parsvakonasana
Utthita Parsvakonasana
Ardha Chandrasana
Ardha Chandrasana
Upavista Konasana
Upavista Konasana
Baddha Konasana
Baddha Konasana
Paschimottanasana
Paschimottanasana
Supta Virasana
Supta Virasana
Savasana
Savasana

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