Most of us have what I call quirks in the body. That sore hip, bit of a dodgy knee, griping tummy and so on. I believe this is the body talking to us - maybe even singing loudly out of tune at us. And we should listen. I always ask at the start of class, anything I need to know about? (My fellow yogis know me well enough to grab me if they want to talk privately) And often, I ask is there anything we want to focus on. Our day to day posture has a huge effect on our wellbeing. Texting, phone under one ear, desk bound, driving, rushing - all of these things can change how we use our bodies - and our spines. Aligning the spine allows the mind to calm. If we sit slumped, how do we feel? If we sit, lengthened and aligned, now how do we feel? I know that we cannot change the pace of modern life, but we can, and should, bring our practice into our roles and activities.
Many women are told to do pelvic floor exercises at the bus stop or in queues! Well what about Tadasana - standing. Coming into the feet and upwards, creating the posture that connects us to the earth and the sky. And so the spine can lengthen and align, the mind can calm and quieten. In traffic, Pranayama - breath practice. Be aware of your breath, let it slow, focus on the inhalation and exhalation. These little things begin to bring the undoing to the body - maybe the muscles around the sore hip can loosen little by little, creating space and easing the soreness. Maybe by using the feet properly through the practice of Tadasana, the dodgy knee is supported better. Little by little.....
Take care and enjoy the sun - hope to see some of you at class