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Looking at this photo the other day, I noticed the position of my arms and shoulders. It made me think of the sentences ‘long road travelled’ and ‘get them here’. For many, this position is easily achievable but for me, it is the result of a few years of resilience, patience, hard work, pain, lots of tears and rebalancing my body – the endless process of coping, recovering, healing, resetting. Some time ago my body ‘collapsed’ in many ways, all due stress, sadness, anxiety. These feelings embodied themselves around my neck and shoulders giving me a lot of pain around those areas (it turned out to be a herniated disc). My active yoga practice became extremely challenging and for a couple of years, the only practice I could handle was restorative yoga, 6/7 days a week (in the beginning even some basic poses were still very challenging). Due hard work, patience and amazing yoga teachers, that I am forever grateful for, step by step I recovered from the injury’s acute state and slowly made my way back into a more active practice – improving my body’s biomechanics, therefore, improving movement and emotional state. “Your body knows the pace it can handle. Listen to it. It will tell you what it needs.”
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Viparita Karani /Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose, viparita “inverted or reversed,” karani “to do.”
Amazing restful pose. One of my favourites. Bliss.
Move your hips closer to the wall and bring your legs up the wall – ensure that your legs are pointed vertically.
You can prop your pelvis with a bolster or folded blanket.
Glaucoma or other eye problems
high blood pressure
menstruating – some women prefer not taking this pose during their period and some yoga traditions advice against doing it during menstruation)
Hernia – it can be uncomfortable and maybe must be propped in a different way • If you feel pain or very uncomfortable whilst in this pose please, consider not practising it.
• It’s a deeply relaxing pose that helps to calm the nervous system
• It helps to relieve tension or fatigue from the legs, feet and even the hips. It’s just an amazing pose to take after long travels, long periods of standing or sitting, etc.
OBS: You can stay in this pose from 5 to15 minutes. Take your time releasing from this asana. Release your legs down and roll to one side. Stay there for a few moments. Slowly roll yourself up into sitting
“True yoga is not about the
shape of your body, but
the shape of your life.
Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived.
Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been;
yoga cares about the person you are becoming.
Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and
for it to be truly called yoga;
its essence must be embodied.”
by Aadil Palkhivala
‘Everyone you meet
always asks if you have a career,
are married or own a house,
as if life was some kind of grocery list.
But no one ever asks
if you are happy.’
A very interesting chart to understand a bit what is happening to our body during our days…and nights.
You can sound confident
and have anxiety.
You can look healthy
but feel like shit.
You can look happy
but be miserable inside.
You can be good looking
and feel ugly.
So be kind, because every person
is fighting a battle you know
Você pode se mostrar confiante
e sofrer de ansiedade.
Você pode ser saudável
e estar se sentindo deprimido.
Você pode mostra-se feliz
e ‘por dentro’ estar se sentindo ‘miserável’.
Você pode ter uma aparência linda
mas na verdade, você se sente horrível.
Assim sendo, seja sempre gentil, porque cada um de nós está
‘lutando’ uma batalha que ninguém sabe nada a respeito.