Thursday, April 9, 2009
Here is Swastikasana (heals line up in front of the perineum):
Here is Siddhasana (heals stack on top of each other):
And HERE is Sukhasana (Shins are virtually parallel and feet are underneath the opposite knees):
Each cross-legged pose has a different purpose. Each opens the hip joint a bit differently, of course. I also find I enjoy each for different purposes. I find Sukhasana very stable for doing upper body work such as shoulder rolls and neck stretches. I like the stability for forward folding and twists. (Experiment with this one. Do a forward fold in Siddhasana or Swastikasana. Your sit bones pop up.) I prefer Siddhasana for meditation. I find the groundedness of the thighs beneficial for calming my mind.
What do you discover? Add these ideas to the other Study Points we suggested!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Are you really in Sukhasana? Shins need to be parallel with feet hidden under opposite knee.
Sit in the pose for a long time – 5-10 minutes. What comes up?
Compare being on a lift and not. What changes?
How is this pose different from Siddhasana? Compare the two. When would one be more appropriate than the other?
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Do the pose with your back to the wall. How close can you be to the wall and not touch it?
Do the pose standing on two blocks. What changes?
How does Uttanasana compare to Prasarita Padottanasana for you? Physically AND energetically?
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Have fun playing and let us know what you learn.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Maybe someday I'll learn to love it - just not today.