“A woman’s place is on top” - Arlene Blum, who led an all-female ascent of Annapurna I in the 70s (also the first American ascent). . . . Baby #summit. Bear dog and I hiked up from the left most reservoir.
“Oh the woman who thinks she’s a fool, yes she be the wise woman.” - feminization of #slightlystoopid. . . . Thanks to @yoginijeanie, almost a decade into a regular #asana practice I learned a new method of #grounding inside #urdhvadhanurasana. In preparation, stay grounded through the entirety of the palms but keep more weight towards the finger tips. This requires me to shift my hips towards my feet with my hips lifted. . . . Then lift, keep the weight towards the fingertips with the sensation of sucking the armpits into the shoulder blades, which will move together slightly towards the spine and down to the hips. . . . What’s left is to challenge those actions by softening your #heart and straightening your legs! . . . This opens up my #spine in the place that is stickiest, in the place that is the hardest for me to target, the back of my heart (mid-thoracic). Also, the focus on side body engagement helps me activate my entire thoracolumbar complex, which keeps length in my low back and my ribs so #knitted. . . . To say you’re done learning is to stagnate and constantly defend your knowledge against growth and evolution. Say yes to the dress and everything else that comes your way, and use the experience as a tool to refine your beliefs, your intentions, and your life.
Ooooooooh #mayurasana I’m coming for you. . . . A swipe reveals what extending my legs long from the #baddhakonasana shape looks like. It looks like confused breakdancing. . . . To a lifelong practice of learning, to progression with alignment at the forefront, and to exploring the [infinite] well of our human potential.
Apparently when I focus I look like I’m about to sneeze or poop. . . . All I can say is get that shoulder up! The dip is compensation for my tight outer hips - the more I dip the shoulder the straighter my legs can go. . . . Next time I will concentrate on stable shoulders, to be challenged by hugging the inner line of the legs towards each other.