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Forward Bends

August 13, 2010

This week’s session was on Forward Bends which teach patience.  We worked gently towards Janu Shirshasana entering the pose deeply.  Enlightenment does not necessarily occur when the head touches the legs, so there was no need to get there in a hurry, or even ever.  The purpose of the session was to be fully conscious, present and content with whatever stage of the practice one is at.  When you are truly satisfied right where you are, you will find that your poses often open up and you progress forward more easily.  Seated forward bends generally have a soothing effect on the nervous system, calming and quietening the mind. If you are one of those people who find forward bends challenging you may wish to take a look at the article attached to this link:  http://www.yoga.net.au/forward_bends.html

Next week’s session is on spinal twists when we will be looking at the Revolving Triangle, Parivrtta Trikonasana.  Twists are very effective at aligning the vertebrae.  Additionally they give a gentle massage to the abdominal organs, through the action of the breath, aiding digestion.  The chest area is also opened, encouraging deep breathing.

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