So…the past three days I’ve done the 36 Kapalabhati breath version because I want to spend as much time with my love while he is visiting, and, I think a part of this journey is to be a better person for him, so…it is fitting that this journey/transition should also take him into account. I have done this, already, by playing a playlist that he made me during, and by hanging pictures of him around my practice area to remind me that after death there is life and that I can bring the love I had for my Dad to life by being the most caring and generous person for him…I just need to find consistency in that, and I need to find a balance in the sadness I feel for my father’s death. 36 years/36 Kapalabhati breaths are my current age…my life…the living…so…it is fine that I’m using the symbolic number of life while my love is here with me and not focusing on the symbolic number for death (the age of my father when he died: 69).
Speaking of death…a friend of mine passed yesterday and I didn’t feel sadness… I think it is because I knew she had been suffering for so long, and I was happy that she could finally be free of that pain. I am sad for her five children and for her husband, but…I am not sad for her… This was a new emotion for me to realize: that sometimes sadness is happiness, when we know that it is needed…
Anyway, back to the intuitive path at hand…
So, the biggest chakra in this series is the Manipura Chakra and we’ve been examining the poses to see what their function and benefits are. We ended on the dog series…so…next we’ll look at the Bow.
Bow/Dhanurasana: “In Sanskrit “Dhanura” means “bow.” Dhanurasana is a posture that resembles an archer’s bow. Prepare for this posture with Bhujangasana and Salabhasana to build the strength and flexibility required for Dhanurasana.” (As always, from Noa Belling’s THE YOGA HANDBOOK)
“Benefits of Bow/Dhanurasana:
· Increases flexibility in the entire spinal column.
· Helps correct conditions of unnatural spinal curvature.
· Benefits the respiratory system and can be helpful in conditions such as asthma.
· Stretches, tones, and massages the abdominal muscles and can reduce fat accumulation in the abdominal area.
· Expands the chest and opens the solar plexus area.
· Increases blood circulation to the abdominal organs, keeping them healthy.
· Improves digestion and the appetite.
· Strengthens the function of and revitalizes the kidneys and adrenal glands.
· Benefits and calms the nervous system.”
So…part of this journey is to take these poses that I google-d three years ago and find out why they are helpful for mourning, and to see if I can find a better transition out of my 3 years of mourning…and maybe lose the 20 lbs. of flesh that I gained and cannot seem to drop in the process. It seems as though this is one of the poses that will help with that 20 lbs. of flesh dropping. And…the “benefits and calms the nervous system” seems as though it hits the other goal of this journey of yoga for 69 days…the calming of my nervous system/mourning…
So…the next pose and the last one in Part 2 of the series is Matsyasana. I’ll start describing this and then we’ll go into detail with it tomorrow.
The Fish/Matsyasana (In the series it asks for a supported fish, but…we’ll use regular fish to define it…): “One reason for this posture’s name is that, when viewed from above, the body resembles a fish. Another reason is that in this position you will be able to float well in water. Matsyasana – the Fish – can be used as a counter-posture after the Shoulder Stand and the Plow.”
That’s going to be all for today…