Thursday, July 7, 2011
Mountains out of Mole Hills
The past couple of weeks have found me doing limited yoga. Not only due to the busy-ness of the move but also because my knee has been bothering me. Some how, unbeknownst to me, I injured it before the move and have been dealing with the swelling, lack of mobility and sometimes pain that have been the result of this injury for the last few weeks. The swelling has ceased but the overall discomfort has not. I have been babying it and trying to keep from moving it in any way that is bothersome. Last week pretty much all I did was headstand while trying to right my world which, by the way, helped.
This week, with my world feeling more normal, I will be looking at things from the perspective of Tadasana or mountain pose (http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/492 Yoga Journal, 2011). Now that I'm surrounded on all sides by mountains it only seems right that this should be the pose of the week. I'm in the valley of Park City and in every direction I look the skyline is above me. Mountains by nature are strong, sturdy and wild. My life here without a doubt will come to mirror that. Given that the foundation of my body is compromised right now by my knee I need to take a lesson from the hills that surround me. I need to broaden my foundation energetically and draw my life breath from the ground below my feet and carry it upward to the peak of my being or the crown of my head. While in Tadasana I will focus on aligning my chakra system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra Wikipedia, 2011). Tadasana itself is a bit of a static posture. One doesn't move the body in the sense of limbs lifting, extending or flexing. Instead one moves the energy within the body. I find that when I am in Tadasana and I close my eyes I am able to feel the energy rise from the ground below my feet and slowly sweep it's way upward touching each and every cell before gently releasing from the crown of my head. I will focus on this movement of prana (life energy) as it moves through me. I will pay more attention to it than I normally do and I will stay in this posture feeling this energy vibrate within in me as will as beyond my skin into the space around me. Most importantly I will allow this flow of energy to meld my body, mind, and spirit into the mountains that surround me as they become not only a passing aspect of my life but an integral part of it.