Notes from our Sunday Conference with Diana...
Review: Be present; be mindful; make good choices; discipline and traditions.
Year of Snake/Dog (Stirha/Sukha)
New! “Pelvis-Dog”: Relax the thighs and pelvis toward the mat; let go of your buttock muscles; roll outer hips inward.
A Taoist teaching of water and nature – a flowing stream “dancing” around the embedded stones – the waters gently moving around the stones – staying in the flow; no fighting it; no struggle; letting go!
New pre-practice opener pose: Shalabasana (B) – Locust pose – on your belly. Inhale and bring the hands forward toward the waist with elbows bent. Bandhas engaged. Place the palms on the mat with the fingers pointing straight ahead. Lift the chest and feet. Toes and knees together, hip flexors turning inward.
Stirha: Arms/elbows, legs/toes, hip flexors.
Sukha: Heart area, upper thoracic , lower back area.
· Reclining Hero Pose (Supta Virasana): add block;
· Basketball: place in mid-back area;
· Supta Virasana: one knee bent; add block to opposing side;
· Resistance work against wall (shoulder and pectoral areas opener);
· Ushtrasana (camel pose). Fully engage legs; hips forward and roll outer gluts inward;
· ADD: Shalabasana – B.
Continue researching poses prior to your practice
– Breathe deeply – Be present – Dance!
Tao Passages Sixty-six
Because the ocean trusts the Tao, it lies below its tributaries.
Secure in its position, it waits patiently for all waters
to return to their natural source.
Earth is not your real home, but only a temporary port.
You have come here to experience and express,
Evolve and enjoy, evoke and endure.
Doubt nothing that comes from intuition.
Dismiss nothing that comes from imagination.
Deny nothing that comes from inspiration.
Whenever you are ready to awaken, the Way home awaits you.
Translation by Dorien Israel