Check out today's article by Cyma Shapiro on our Matthews Yoga Bowspring classes:
Join us this week as we celebrate this season of harvest, the end of the lighter half of the year and the beginning of the darker half. We'll practice with seed hands and harvest hands as we move deeper into the shadow side of the body, the back side.
Back Cat Pose and other Cat poses are on the agenda as we pulse in our poses this week.
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
from "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
We have freedom to choose the paths we wish to take. The Bowspring yoga practice is new, different, and not well-known. Yet we have experienced the benefits of even more freedom of movement and relief from pain. Bowspring takes yoga to a whole new level.
Over and over in our lives we are offered opportunities to choose between one path or another. The paths we choose make "all the difference."
Photo is along the trails at Col. Francis Beatty Park, Matthews, NC
In our Bowspring practice we bow our belly long and forward, narrowing and strengthening the waistline. This opening of the belly gives more space for breath and fluids to move. We also bow our neck forward and up, opening our throat. With our throat open we feel freer to sing, to say what we need to say.
Come bow your belly and open your throat this week in class!
Photo is Christina in Handstand at the Wall
It is from the heart in the center of the ribcage that we spread our wings (our shoulders, arms, and hands). And we integrate our wings back into the heart from our fingertips.
We softly curl our fingers and hollow the center of the palm as we squeeze the 2 sides of the wrist toward each other, hollowing the center of the wrist. These actions in the hand create an even tone all the way up through the arms and shoulders, connecting our "wings" back into the heart.
Engage your arms and shoulders from your fingertips this week in class. Drop-ins are $12.
Linda has taught yoga for 19 years. Certified in Kripalu and Anusara yoga, she now teaches Bowspring Yoga.