The underlying theme for February will be finding space in our practice. Can we find space between positions and movements? Can we give our body more space in poses? See if you can also be aware of finding space in between our thoughts. What is found in the gap between the out-breath and the in-breath?
As core related poses can be felt as more of a challenge for many, it’s a good opportunity to try to create more space so we are not tensed and tight. Space can be felt in places such as relaxing the muscles of the face, between the shoulders and the ears and in the belly as we breathe.
As you start to feel lighter, the rest of the body will relax. When we consciously breath we are staying present and experiencing awareness. Even the gaps in between the breaths are opportunities to find more space.
Week 1 - Build strength and stability in the core - our poses and the way we come in and out of them require stability and strength which come from a steady core. Many of our yoga poses require engagement in the core which are a great way to build strength and stability in the core muscles and harmonise the upper and lower body movements to move with grace and ease.
Week 2 - Strengthen lower back and core - yoga is very good for working on our flexibility but also our core stability, improving our posture and breathing which are all important for a healthy back. Yoga poses that help to build core strength also help us to protect our spine.
Week 3 - Core strength and improved balance - the core is the centre of our physical balance and strength and is very important to protect our backs and help maintain our balance. Developing strength through our poses also helps to cultivate balance. Our standing yoga poses are great for building strength and stability, especially balancing poses.
Week 4 - Steady and strong foundation - a strong and stable core can make a big difference in not only your yoga practice but also your life. Things such as walking, sitting down and certain sporting activities and yoga become easier and more improved with a stronger core. A strong core can make us more resilient and cultivate intelligence and strength beyond the mat.
In an asana, the mind has to reach inside the body to find a quiet space until a point comes where perfect balance is felt.
This Months Music
Here's the usual selection of music that Vicky has been listening to this month.
|Sangit Om||In Balance|
|Anugama||The Empty Sky|
|Lisbeth Scott||Dawn Light|
|Peder B. Helland||Flying|