Find the Recipe for Balance with a Yoga Prescription By Sam Merkur #movementmonday
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” B.K.S. Iyengar
Last week I shoveled my driveway 3 times. Mother Nature was preparing us for a white season, just like it was almost 40 years ago. I remember a different life, one that felt like we used to live in slow motion. We would wait longer to be satisfied and satiated. We would practice patience, contentment, and likely discipline more often and more intuitively to maintain our vitality and calamity. Life was simpler and being human was more top of mind.
If I try to reflect on my most recent past and compare, it feels like I live in high speed. I shopped easily online, arranging delivery and gift-wrapping with a touch of my fingertips. I watched the news happen in real time right in the palm of my hands and took immediate action by donating some money. But then, the anxiety strikes, and perhaps we become reactionary and the stress begins to vibrate through that same neighbourhood that used to simply shovel their way to vitality and security.
When did life get so fast and everything so complicated that our mindfulness diminished? Cell phones, computers, screens, smart boards, and maybe even the reverberation of all that radiation are perhaps rewiring our brain. I think of it as the second hand smoke of this generation. We don’t function emotionally quite the same way used to. Maybe that’s a good thing? But if you are one of those looking to simplify your life or simulate a more balanced existence, the recipe can always be found in a yoga prescription.
I often talk about how important our foundation is in yoga starting from our feet. But I spent a good portion of last year practicing my inversions to help rewire my brain. In yoga we would call upon the Queen of all poses, Shoulder-stand (Sarvangasana). Shoulder-stand will exercise the heart muscle with intensity, introduce your body to the concept of body locks (Bhandas) or perhaps mastering them, standing on the eyes of your shoulders can release congestion, help teach meditation, encourage you to regulate your breath, and bring you one step closer to finding and communicating with an inner wisdom.
In pursuit of ideal balance, adding the Head–stand (Sirsasana) practice before your Shoulder-stand is asking the king to attend your yoga-body party! Be sure you are ready for the “seer” in you to begin to emerge. The King of all poses, Head-stand, will stimulate the penal glad, responsible for the connection with spirituality, among a number of strengtheners for your prepared body.**
Iyengar had a reputation for being a severe teacher with an expectation for his pupils to achieve perfect balance. It is my newest creed to welcome 2017 with balance in mind and reflect on the simplicity of just last years’ past. Namaste and Happy New Year!
**As an Iyengar practitioner always follow your Headstand with a Shoulder-stand. Never a Headstand without a Shoulder-stand finish, but just a Shoulder-stand alone would be beneficial to the Nervous and Endocrine systems.
Sam Merkur: Certified Yoga Instructor, (CYA-RYT) and Iyengar trained, uses Yoga to assist with healing injuries, aiding in recovery from surgeries, managing chronic and degenerative issues, and as a preventative measure to increase stability and mobility for overall well-being. Sam is a mother of 2 kids, two dogs and the founder of Yogabodii. Visit: yogabodii.com