One forward bend, plus four major areas stretched, equals the ability to play with five more digits you may not already spend a lot of time with.
Oh, the joy! In this posture; you can give yourself a pedicure, you can sing “This Little Pig Went to The Market,” and you can even blow your toes a kiss.
In all seriousness, Paschimottanasana or otherwise known as Seated Forward Bend, stretches some major areas of the body, which include; the spine, shoulders, lower back, and hamstrings. It also helps to lower blood pressure, and improve digestion.
With all these benefits, what are you waiting for, bend over.
Before my mom became sick I had a solid yoga practice going. I was also doing other things to help support my physical, and mental well-being.
Our mental, physical and emotional consciousness will shift to make room for what we feel takes precedence in our lives.
When I got the call that my mom was diagnosed with stage 3 Esophageal cancer, my life shifted. I was grateful I had been taking care of myself. I was physically, and mentally strong enough to be there for my mother.
We often give so much of ourselves away, thinking very little about the vessel we need to support our caregiving, our work, and our relationships.
Give yourself the love you need so you have the love you need to give away.
When I was a kid, I would dream I was a superhero. But when I committed to a goal for 30 days, I no longer have to dream. I am meeting my superhero.
We all have our own Superhero (our true self) living within us, a self that knows what we are truly capable of doing.
In the beginning of our commitment, we ask ourselves to show up. That’s all it takes, everyday, just show up, and the superhero you dreamed of becoming, emerges.
This is how you meet your dream and reach your goal.
There are four parts to a yoga pose. Getting into, aligning, holding and coming out of the pose.
I use to think I was “all that, and a bag of chips,” when I thought I mastered the pose. Until one day, the instructor tried to adjust my alignment, and I lost my balance.
I was comfortable with holding the posture as is. Introducing proper alignment felt like starting all over again.
How many times have you felt like you mastered something, only to find out you have returned to the baby Bhudda stage of enlightenment?
Alignment gave me new insight. I gained energy because my muscles were being used more efficiently, and I prevented possible injury.
What doesn’t challenge you, won’t change you.
Let’s Talk Benefits!
I would like to share some from my own personal experience. ( It’s worth reading to the end:))
1)Help you relax
2)Help you focus
3)Assist in creating a healthier lifestyle because of increased awareness-The better you feel the more you will want to support your overall health, and well-being.
4)It builds better bones. It is
documented that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones. I was diagnosed with Osteopenia, and with the help of a continued yoga practice, It has helped to strengthen my bones.
5)It helps to drain lymph and boost immunity because you are contracting and stretching muscle.
6)It prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
Joint cartilage is like a sponge;
And certain postures hone in on specific areas of the body squeezing out old fluid so new fluid can be absorbed, feeding the joints with fresh nutrients.
7)Yoga helps to decrease the symptoms of IBS and other digestive issues.
Ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation— can all be exacerbated by stress. So if you stress less, you’ll suffer less.
Now, if I haven’t convinced you yet with all the benefits I have listed above that practicing yoga is worth your time, this one just might “seal the deal.”
8)Would you believe that yoga improves your sex life? You will become a lot more “bendy.”
Stepping outside of a routine brings a deeper awareness.
Today, I practiced yoga with the intent to focus on what I was feeling. I tried keeping my eyes closed so I could stay focused. Although, the instructor demonstrated several poses I have never done before, so I kept my eyes open long enough to get the instruction, and then turned closed them.
How ironic, he asked if we were feeling frustrated or mad. I guess, I was not the only one who was experiencing some frustration. I struggled just trying to get into the pose let alone hold it.
He questioned, “if you are feeling irritated, is this a familiar pattern that arises when you don’t get what you want?“
Our emotions contain valuable information if we are patient enough to embrace them.
I smell something! I have to pee. Did you here that?
How many times are we focused on something, and our concentration becomes seriously interrupted?
Many times, it’s our senses that have been triggered. It is what we hear, see, and feel etc. that deters our focus.
The power of the Ujjayi breath https://wordpress.com/post/trinaschartz.wordpress.com/3904 helps to draw the senses inward, reclaiming your concentration.
The sound, and the coolness of your breath as it enters through your nostrils, and the warmth of your breath as it exits, assists in redirecting your attention back to the moment.
When you bring attention to anything, your awareness and sensitivity heightens.
I am more alert to when I am holding my breath or when I have diverted my attention away from my practice. I notice when I am just hanging out in the pose or actively engaged.
I am not just showing up to class any more because I NEED some exercise. I WANT to be there because I am more alert and more actively involved. I enjoy being present to the process.
I cannot help but smile. A change is taking place and I am not sleeping through it.
I have to go to work. I have to clean up my plate. I have to make good choices.
For many years, I thought this was how I was supposed to show up in the world. I didn’t know it was a choice.
When I discovered it was a choice, it changed my perspective from an obligation to a blessing.
I get to choose to eat healthily. I get to choose to love what I do. I get to choose to make good choices.
When I choose how I will live my life, life feels like an adventure, not a prison.