Strike a pose for the change
Ayurvedic medicine, a sister science to yoga, is steeped at it’s roots, of connection to the seasons and the world around us. Fall, to me, always feels like a more dramatic shift than other seasons, but a comforting one. A deep catharsis where you can feel great about staying inside all day, being quiet and a morning rain is welcomed with open arms.
Not only does Ayurveda tell us it is important to pay attention to the food we consume as the seasons shift, but our sleep patterns and body movements as well. For this reason, I picked a pose to practice for the month of October that helps with lung and vital organ purification, as well as rejuvenation for the spine. Getting a nice squeeze and a ringing out, might be just what the doctor ordered as we transition from full light, to more dark.
Ardha Matsyendrasana | Half Lord of the Fishes Pose:
A seated spinal twist, deemed as one of the most important of the Hatha yoga postures for it’s ability to stimulate the kundalini energy stored in the base of the spine. Something that might come in handy on a cold, rainy day. So if your feeling cranky in your body or soul, make your self a nice cup of ginger tea, take a seat, get twisted and breathe deep. And…come join us for yoga class Friday mornings as we explore this pose and it’s variations. @ Home Grown Fit.
Hindu mythology and lore is very fun, if you are interested in the philosophy of this pose, here is a good article: http://www.yogajournal.com/article/beginners/half-lord-of-the-fishes-pose/