Magical Openings

Something magical have happened with my yoga practice for the past 2 weeks! I have only practiced 3 times during this time & haven’t been practicing consistently for over a months time, still yet my body has opened up to a new level. I call it magic. This magic makes me wonder whether there is a correlation between the body/mind & spirit not only in the physical aspect of yoga but also the mental. I’m wondering if my mental openness & acceptance of myself has aided in opening up my hips, strengthening my core & deepened my breathing. There is a saying that we store our emotions in our hips…..& I really have started to wonder if that could be true.

Just to give you an insight. Here are some magical changes that have occurred in my yoga practice for the past 2 weeks:

– got balance in my handstand to stay inverted for 10 seconds +
– finding my fingers in the pretzel asana as I call it, which is the Marichyasana D pose in Ashtanga. Got to feel my fingers yesterday & what an enlightening feeling I had! This has never ever happened before.
– tortoise pose!!! I can now stretch my legs in kurmasana & this pose feels really good! It feels like you are in your own little den in there. Never enjoyed it before even though my Ashtanga teacher always mentioned that it will give you a relaxing feeling….for me it used to be one of the dreading ones.

So my take-away today is that things are possible to anyone! With patience, practice & acceptance – your body will eventually allow you to deepen & open up your inner & physical self. But it will come to you when you least expect it.

Below is a progress picture of my handstand. 3 months ago I was swinging & cheating myself with twisting my feet around a tree branch. Now I’m able to hold still in a handstand without the help of the tree. It’s an amazing feeling finding a inverted balance!

Psst…..I used to never in my life be able to handstand without a wall before. This is the first time I get to defy gravity for real.


Release Your Inner Child with a Pretzel Asana

You might have noticed, I have been quiet for some time. Haven’t really had anything philosophical on my mind that I have been wanting to write about. On top of it – I haven’t yogad as frequently as I have been wanting to. However, during this week I got to both have play time with my beautiful friend Elaina (@elainapalmer), who was visiting the island. I got to know her from Instagram & we went out on a yoga excursion. It was soo much fun! Two mamas doing asanas & upside down poses in the sand with a baby patiently playing with his rice crackers.

To be honest, ever since I started taking my selfie yoga shots with Instagram, my inner youth has appeared again. I don’t feel embarrassed to be upside down taking pictures on the beach by myself or doing pretzel asanas in the grass while trying to press the remote control button. It’s a lot of fun! Instagram has unleashed my inner childhood & I think it is beautiful! We all need to just relax & let go & be children – no matter what age we are.

So I guess today’s inspiration is to let go of your inner child & just play! Whether it is by being upside down in the sand or by skateboarding yourself around the neighborhood. Let go & be free cause life is too short to be all adult-like all day long.