Below you'll find my first set of show notes - sometimes almost verbatim what I'll share, sometimes a hodge podge of bullet points, and always the links that I promise to share for resources you want to connect with. Thank you for listening!
Hands, Feet, Breath + Eyes
- that which is subtle is difficult to notice, we are typically distracted by that which is gross (meaning visceral) and strong
- could be emotions, physical sensation of effort or release or the interplay between the two
- advanced yogis typically interpreted as someone with physical skill to complete postures
- I see advanced yogis in their 70’s who will never headstand, but have a strong awareness of their entire system
- these are some of the ways we ignore the details in our practice, and how they can help you refine your posture practice
- when students are growing fatigued in a class, you can look at their arms reaching in a lunge or Warrior 1 – fingers curl back in
- wrist strain or compression is a common malady of practice
- wrists + hands are leaned into in a passive range of motion
- active/passive difference
- doubt me? try this… reach your arms out in front of you
- feet relax into shapes, too, and impact foot strength + ankle stability
- can look at many people’s postures and assess if it’s foot/ankle range of movement impacting them in other joints
- strengthen your feet with this exercise, good for nervous system + balance
- when you practice, engage your feet
- we’ll go into more detail about breath in a future episode, but breathing well is a tremendous gift
- most people breathe shallow breaths that pop their chest up and down
- breathing down strengthens musculature of the breathing apparatus, and also properly directs the subtle energy of prana
- eyes, especially for A type personalities with a lot of fire, can get quite intense during practice
- see this in W2 and other heat building, intense postures
- yogis tend to finish twists with their eyes
- eyes consume information constantly, so if possible, close your eyes throughout your practice
- make time throughout your day to consciously close your eyes (pratyahara)
If you’re interested in some of what I talked about with passive/active practice, Yoga International is about to publish my piece on Functional Movement. Stay tuned!
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Remember that Ayurveda encourages us to respond to nature, so stay cozy and nourished in this dry, cold season.