Ustrasana aka Camel Pose - increases flexibility in the spine, stimulates the nervous system, opens the chest and shoulders, improves circulation and digestion, and stimulates the thyroid. It can also help to relieve anxiety and stress, help you connect to your heart chakra, and increase creativity and problem solving thanks to a change in perspective.
Make sure you always practice safe yoga, don’t push farther than your body wants, and work with your teacher to ensure correct postures and pose alignment!
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Happy Tuesday! I wanted to say thank you 💋💋💋 to my readers and clients.
Sometimes I wonder how I might be different from certain things were different...
If I hadn't gotten into an abusive relationship as a young teen, if I hadn't waited SOO long to get help from therapy, if I hadn't tried to be in denial of my trauma until I was 20, etc.
Would I be less awkward?
Would I be cooler?
Would I be more of an extrovert?
Would I be more interesting to know/work with?
I can't answer those questions. I just can't. All I know is what I have right now and how I can act from that. And I'm going to act with grace and gratitude.
Last night while meditating, an interesting thought popped up. "Embrace the chaos. It means you're alive." Thank you for being here while I attempt to embrace the chaos of life. Thank you for being here while I'm alive.
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I've been thinking a lot about success lately. Namely- and without getting into the semantics of what "success" truly is- what causes a person to be successful?
I've become fascinated with the work of Angela Duckworth, a researcher, author, and recipient of the "Genius" grant. Angela studies success, and what kinds of personality traits lead to successful people. And she's found one trait in particular that seems to always point towards bright futures: grit.
Angela defines grit as "the disposition to pursue very longterm goals with passion and perseverance." And, perhaps more surprisingly, students and children who are naturally more talented or gifted don't tend to display more grit. In fact, Angela's research has found that there's a negative correlation between inherent ability grittiness.
Why's that? Well, Angela has pointed out that it's rather simple: if you're always just good at stuff, you'll never learn how to persevere through hard things.
This reminds me of a favorite mantra of mine: You can do hard things.
Turns out the science backs me up.
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Some days, I rest, ground down (block on sacrum, lavender pillow over eye lids and sand bag over hips). I might play with some breath work and meditation …maybe even a little chanting with my harmonium from Vrndavan (Lokah Somasta anyone?). But then some days, I dial it up. ALL THE WAY UP - and FLY!! But I’m always checking in with myself to see what fits and what works in my body on that day. My practice is no longer about my ego chasing bone-breaking shapes. It’s about service and healing - heaps of self-study and compassion - An ever evolving practice to quiet my mind so I can listen to the clearest intentions of my day. 📸 @saffronpen #service#seva#service#selfcare#compassion