Sunday Contemplation 

Sunday’s are always a quiet time for me. It’s a day that I rarely work, I sleep in, stay in my pj’s for most of the day. It’s my lazy day. This week was busy at work. New students at my day job means teaching seminars, setting up computers for them and generally getting them settled. Their energy is always slightly nervous, yet excited. I always like their enthusiasm when they begin. But the truth is I work in a very busy legal aid clinic and their enthusiasm often turns to stress and overwhelm. I teach them to breath sometimes, depending on the group. Pull a little yoga into the office. I try to remind them that they need breaks, that they need to regroup, reenergize and take care of themselves. It’s something that everyone needs but not everyone is open to. And law is a very competitive industry and for many students they aren’t willing to let down their guard.

 I often wonder what it would be like if everyone took care of themselves like they would a cherished loved one. That compassion would spread to others. We would have such a different view of the world. A kinder, more gentle view. If only we didn’t feel the need to compete. If we could hold each other up and help each other to succeed the world would be different. But we live in the world we do. And we work with what we have. And we can be that person to others even if they aren’t being that to us. And so, as always the work starts within. It might be hard work, but very worthwhile. One by one, we can start to change the world. 

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Anjaneyasana ~ Low Lunge

There is a story behind the pose Anjaneyasana. It goes something like this: There was a woman named Anjana who wanted a child so much that she prayed everyday that the Lord would provide her with one. With hands stretched open toward the sky in a gesture of receiving she would take a lunging position as she did so.

Vayu, the wind god, felt Anjana was a deserving woman and so dropped a seed into her outstretched hands. Upon feeling it, Anjana immediately swallowed the seed, which is how she became pregnant. Anjaneya, who later is renamed Hanuman, is the result of this pregnancy.

To take a low or crescent lunge, start in downward facing dog and bring one foot up to land between the hands. Start with the back hip stacked over the knee and slowly come forward into the lunge so that your front knee ends up over the front ankle. Keeping that 90 degree angle on the front leg, arms traditionally come up along side the ears or palms join together slightly in front of the head. That said, arms can stay along side of the body, can touch the floor if you have trouble balancing or you can bring the hands to the front thigh. Any of these options will allow the back hip flexor and thigh to stretch out. While doing this pose it is helpful to draw in toward the midline of the body – without

actually moving the legs use your muscle energy to draw inward. This will help you to stay balanced and also make the pose more effective.

Happy lunging!

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