As you might imagine, after three months of daily yoga practice and taking a few courses on the basics of Sivananda style yoga, I've learned and improved along the way. You can also see that there is plenty of room for more improvement in my poses - but that's part of the fun! Each day is a new challenge.
Last week, I showed the sun salutation warm up that is done before the 12 Basic Poses - the first pose is called sirsasana (promounced shear-SHAHS-anna) the King of the Asanas - the headstand(above)! (also a very good natural facelift)
Yoga Teachers also daily caution anyone with uncontrolled high or low blood pressure, neck or spinal injuries, glaucoma or recent eye surgeries, pregnant women and those women in the first day or two of their menstrual cycle to not do the headstand. Putting legs up against the wall, making the body into an L-shape is a good alternative inversion.
The teachers here explained that Sivananda yoga is based on a long lineage of classical yoga originating in India.
A common misconception is that all people of India practice yoga, and that yoga is their religion. Yoga is not a religion, and at the Ashram I am at in the Bahamas, all faiths and beliefs are welcome. The common denominator to the yogis is a strong belief in God, and that God is found within each of us.
Thousands of years ago, the yoga practices were quite secretive and only for select few people.
Yoga has actually become more popularized in India, alongside the increasing popularity in the West, especially the United States.
A clear and practical approach to yoga came from Swami Vishnudevananda, who founded the Sivananda Teacher Training Courses in the West and this Sivananda Ashram Yoga Resort.
The 5 Points of Yoga:
I hope that each of you are fully engaged in your lives, in the way you want to be living. Living in an Ashram was never in my wildest imagination, let alone on any radar screen of what I thought would be along my life path.
Yet, here I am in the Bahamas for a year, exploring What is Possible?
Sending You Love from the Bahamas,🌞
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