Have you ever heard John tell the story about the little girl who had night terrors, how the parents tried everything and nothing worked. I heard him tell it a lot. Maybe some of you were in Denver last December and may have remembered the close of the tour. It was so special because we had an 83 year old women and an 11 year old girl in the same workshop. John commented on this and said, ” an 83 year old and an 11 year old in the same workshop, this is Anusara!”. While the rest of us were assisting each other in drop backs, this sweet little girl was doing tick tocks. Abby and Emma were assisting just like they did in Cincinnati only 2 months earlier. Everyone seemed remarkably happy. John addressed this girI often, taught her throughout the practice and shared with us how he had helped her with her night terrors, how he told her to say 3 things she was grateful for every night before she went to bed and how after years of suffering every night this sweet little girl never had a night terror again.
Well I know the story very well because the little girl is mine. [read more on]
Today’s Yoga Moment alignment tip comes from Ross Rayburn. Ross did his annual Anusara workshop in Atanta last weekend and it was sensational as always.
“Think of Upward Facing Dog as a standing pose like Trikonasana
or Warrior II. In standing poses there is more leverage to stabilize the body and thus create freedom. Try to cultivate a similar stability in poses like Upward Facing Dog and Cobra; then the ability to organically expand out of the focal point will make space in the back and allow you to go deeper into the pose”
Today’s Yoga Moment alignment tip comes from Atanta’s very own and only Certified Anusara teacher, Gina Minyard.
“If the legs are passive in forward bends the psoas shortens which agitates the nervous system. In all forward bends push through the four corners of your feet to firm the quads and root your thigh bones to the back of the leg. This action settles and grounds the body and mind. Against your grounded thighs scoop your tailbone to lift your belly and fold into calm and cool depths.”
I drank the Kool-Aid in 2006 but it was more like divine nectar, an elixir that left my mouth-watering and my body longing. It wasn’t instant by any means, more like a warm heavy meal on a cold day that takes a while to digest. I would never feel alone again though because I learned I was supported by Grace and I knew it to be true. I connected with that energy that was breathing me. I didn’t have to do anything but let it lead me, I didn’t have to muscle through any of the poses, not to say it is not hard work. I only had to participate with the bigger flow.
That is what Anusara means – to flow with this [read more on]