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Embrace Change this Spring with New Patterns with Sam Merkur #movementmonday

Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.” ~ BKS Iyengar

As April slowly swells and our trust in her begins to take shape, you may even feel like this month really makes us work for “it” as we pine for kinder winds, longer days, warmer nights, and seasonal change. April is a cultural and traditional time to cleanse, rebirth, and experience new motivation. A time of year where some detoxify their bodies, clean the kitchen cabinets, spring clean garages, and question one’s own intentions. It’s a time to choose new patterns and mantras to practice.

This past year, I challenged myself and played with the concept of inverting my entire practice. I knew my knees and ankles were on the borderline of going on strike. Being victim to a number of clumsy mistakes and repetitive strains, these age-appropriate injuries were cuing me to get off my feet and onto my hands. The inversion process has been pivotal for my body and transformative for my courage. I have experienced some beautiful “a-ha” moments practicing with my head beneath my heart. And I am learning when fear proceeds how I can change my patterns to help make better decisions.

Yoga is a practice, a discipline, a prescription, and a self-help book. After practicing for some time, your body will learn to communicate with you on deeper levels where vibrations and energies will have an ever-lasting affect. Yoga can truly help us heal from the metaphysical to spiritual. My new patterns are currently being imprinted on my heart and soul as I continue to prescribe my body new yoga sequences and mantras as I evolve. My yoga is my medicine, my teacher and my motivation to accept and welcome change. How is your yoga working for you?

Namaste and Happy Passover.


sam merkur Yogabodii village livingMOVEMENT MONDAY – POSE – Salamba Sarvangasana, Supported Headstand

Supported Headstand strengthens the arms, legs, spine, and lungs while toning the abdominal organs. It stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands, and it also improves digestion. It calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. It is considered therapeutic for asthma, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis. BKS Iyengar suggests practicing this pose daily for minimum of 5 minutes.

You may want to avoid this pose if you have a back injury, headache, heart condition, high blood pressure or a neck injury. If you are menstruating, you may also want to skip this pose. If you have low blood pressure, do not begin practice with this pose. If you are pregnant and already have a headstand practice, you can continue practicing this pose. Do not begin practicing this pose on your own without an experienced teacher if you are new to the practice.

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