The Journey To Adho Mukha Svanasana

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Adho Mukha Svanasana: Comes from the Sanskrit words adhas meaning down, mukha meaning face, svana meaning dog, asana meaning posture. Or more simply Downward Facing Dog.

Downward facing dog, for me, was and is one of the hardest poses to do correctly. If you look at the pictures:Downward Facing Dog

To look at this pose, it looks like it should be quiet simple, lol, but it’s not really. I will do my best to explain. First, you hands on the ground about shoulder width apart, with your fingers spread wide and you press down with the five points behind your fingers and thumb and also at the heel of the hand. This is very important because if you put too much weight on the heel of the hand you can hurt your wrists. Next, your inner arms are facing each other with your with your shoulders relaxed and side apart away from your ears. You backbone should be straight from your neck all the way to your tail bone. It should twist, turn or bow in any direction. Next your legs should be straight down past to the knees to your ankles. And finally your feet should be flat on the ground about hip width apart parallel to each other. Sound easy? Hahahahaha. Try it once and have somebody look at you and look at these pictures and see how close you really are. When I came back to yoga, I couldn’t do all this, but with every class, I felt I was getting closer and closer to it.

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Mau

“Yoga is not a recipe to follow but a set of tools for one’s own inquiry and individual conclusions” Mauricio Pena

I really don’t know enough about yoga to start critiquing teachers (and yet I know enough about yoga to resist critiquing teachers) but I just wanted to make a post about Mau before his classes fade a little from my memory.  Mau was a guest teacher at Elements through the month of July while Adrian and Shane went off and did cool things in foreign lands.  He had a slightly different style from many of the regular Elements teachers, some new ideas (often involving straps) and he led his classes with a warm, self-effacing manner that seemed quite precious as if it flowed from an abundant heart chakra.

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wellness

Today my Ayurvedic doctor, Sangeeta Sirinthipaporn, dusted my oily feet with something resembling allspice and declared me healed.

Well not exactly ‘healed’ per se, but completely relaxed (solar plexus and adrenals) unblocked (bladder meridian) and cleared in a energy flow sense and able to conduct the remaining physical healing on my own.  I felt a bit wobbly and emotional as I said goodbye and wanted to give her a hug but clung stoically to my English stiff upper whatsit.  Which is ironically what got me into trouble in the first place, the tendency to go “no really I am fine” and swallow whatever anguish, anxiety or other unpleasant emotion beginning with A that I deem inappropriate for public consumption.

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The Journey Makes Thailand Beautiful Again

Don’t forget to read: The Start Of A Journey and The Journey In Its Early Days.

If you’ve been following my journey, you will know, just from reading my posts that I’ve fallen in love with yoga … again. But something really amazing happened to me along my journey. And this amazing thing is what inspired me to start writing about my journey. But before I get to that, I have to give you some background and history, and I hope it’s not too boring or too wordy for you.

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on having a day off

I had a day off yoga today, which kind of blew my intention to do a full week (ish Thursday thru Tuesday anyway)  but I learned some things anyway so it is all good.

First I learned that I worry over much about what Dom will think of me.  From the moment I decided not to go to my class (after the third trip to the toilet) to the moment I saw Dom (about two hours later) I worried that he would be disappointed that I had decided not to go to class. I spent that two hours continuously rolling his potential disappointment around in my head and making half-hearted attempts to counteract it from telling myself we would get to spend more time together and that would make him happy, to thinking how I could go shopping on my own to give him that hour and a half of ‘alone time’ that my skiving out of yoga class would deprive him off if it didn’t (make him happy for those of you who can’t follow a long sentence).

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healing

Ha this is what happens when I open this blog to the public eye (i.e. tell my husband about it) I stop posting.  Just kidding, I think I needed some time to do yoga instead of talk about it and as a result of a wonderful week off and daily classes I think I am well on my way to beating the “left leg thing“.  I can’t say exactly how it happened.  I started seeing an Ayurvedic therapist who oiled my hair and my back and did repeated (often painful) reflexology sessions on my feet.  She also gave me some delicious smelling oil for my head (although I slather it everywhere) and suggested I give up my morning cereal and banish cold from my life.

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Ha this is what happens when I open this blog to the public eye (i.e. tell my husband about it) I stop posting.  Just kidding, I think I needed some time to do yoga instead of talk about it and as a result of a wonderful week off and daily classes I think I am well on my way to beating the “left leg thing“.  Wow, so much has changed in such a short space of time, I feel almost breathless and full of joy and excitement and other fantastic things.

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The Journey In It’s Early Days

The Start Of A Journey

If you’ve read my first post in My Yoga Journey, you will know that Tracy and I have started studying yoga at Yoga Elements, and it’s been an amazing experience to say the least. We are so happy to be back. Another thing you should know is that I’m just here to enjoy the journey, and if I’m lucky, I will inspire some of you to start a journey of your own. It may not be a journey of yoga, but a journey of self exploration, self discovery, self centering and / or self betterment.

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The Start Of A Journey

Railroad TracksThe Railroad Tracks Of Life
Imagine your journey
Through out life
Like the tracks
Of a railway
You look down
The tracks in front
That’s how far
You have yet to go
You turn and look
At the tracks
Leading you here
That’s how far
You have come
Some would say
Looking at the tracks
In front of you
And say with a sigh
Look how far
We have to go
some would say
Looking at the tracks
Leading to you
And say with a smile
Look how far
We have come
But the thing
You must remember
Is during the journey
It doesn’t matter
How far you go
Just enjoy where you go

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paradise regained

Rather than thinking how good I would be now if we hadn’t quit yoga in 2007 I try and focus on what gifts I have received by losing and regaining paradise a second time. Not only did I find and lose yoga and the flexibility and centeredness that comes with it, but I found and lost most of the more obvious aspects of being in control. I regained all of the weight I had spent the whole of 2004/5 shedding (at least 35lbs, until I find the courage to get back on the scales I won’t know for sure). I stopped smoking only to start again in Chiangmai (ok so I quit again Jan 1st 2011) but still it is a long way to go about finding grace.

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