Well, today I returned to a full length 69 Day Journey Pose series…I even had a rest pose between each…it’s been awhile where I’ve done the whole thing…and it felt nice. I think the 36 Kapalabhatis for the past few days and then the break yesterday have definitely revitalized the journey. Most of the poses were strong and consistent. Albeit, Garudasana was a little tough on the right standing foot, but…I still held it the entire time. I still don’t really understand Dolphin pose and I still don’t do Natarajasana in it’s fullest position, but…I actively imagine that I am…
Anyway, Nick left today and I am sad that he is gone, but…I think the full journey helped me in that transition, as I hope it will continue to do in the transition of losing my Dad, who was not only a great father, but, also an awesome friend, confidant, and moral compass…that’s a hard void to fill…
I have been detailing the winner of the most poses with the same Chakra: the Manipura Chakra. We ended on defining Fish pose on Day 19, and I need to finish discussing that:
“Benefits of Matsyasana/The Fish Pose:
· Expands the chest and encourages deeper breathing.
· Opens and stretches the throat area, also encouraging deeper breathing.
· Benefits the thyroid and parathyroid glands in the neck, which are the regulators of metabolism.
· Benefits the respiratory system, and is therefore helpful for asthma and bronchitis.
· Relieves tension in the upper back.
· Strengthens the back and nourishes the spinal nerves.
· Increases blood supply to the head area, nourishing the pituitary and pineal gland where the top of the head is placed on the ground.
· Increases mobility in the pelvic area and tones the organs in this region.
· Offers relief from piles.
· Helps digestion and elimination.
· Helpful for menstrual disorders.”
Well, a while back I had detailed my initial responses to each pose, and I had mentioned in this pose that I was unsure what it was for, but I really liked the feeling it provided me, and I’m intrigued that something that is so easy (for me) is so beneficial for the things I’m trying accomplish for this journey, i.e. “Benefits the thyroid and parathyroid glands in the neck, which are regulators of metabolism.” I think that the 20 lbs. I gained have a little bit to do with the fact that I have shut off this area. I’ve tried to stop crying every moment of every day, and I didn’t always succeed, but…that crying spot is definitely stopped in the thyroid area…there might be a connection there.
Pituitary glands…I’m not sure if I’m positive that I know what these are, so I’m looking up to refresh my memory…I guess it is at the base of the brain…and it regulates stress, growth, reproduction and lactation… Again, this process is to help regulate the stress of mourning…so…again, so far this poses that feels easy, has been one of the most beneficial.
Pineal Gland…again, I’m not sure if I’m positive what those are, so I’m looking them up, as well…The pineal gland is also at the base of the brain near the cerebellum, but it’s across from the pituitary gland. This helps my circadian rhythm and sleep/seasonal patterns. Interesting…seasonal depression, etc. have exacerbated my condition, so…this is a good thing to know about to help relieve during seasonal transitions…and (maybe) there’s a connection to transitions…in general…