There are moments in life, when you are stopped in your tracks and have to catch your breath as the beauty of the world unfolds and you are filled with awe and admiration. Standing at the edge of the magnificent Pacific Ocean, the stresses and conflicts of the world left behind are erased and the grandness of the natural world envelopes you. The pure vastness of nature leaves one awestruck. With that same level of awareness, what is it about your life that takes your breath away? What leaves you simply awestruck?
Ocean Shores, Washington
"I am awestruck by the
magnificent beauty of the world."
Yoga Pose: Three Legged Downward Dog Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana
Often a pose used to transition to another pose, take time to really settle into this pose. Explore the nuances of the weight shift, feel the energy of the Earth and notice how your core is engaged. Allow your spirit to fly as you press into the Earth and lift your leg to the sky.
Foundation. Begin in High Plank. Set your intention.
Move. Inhale and lift your hips up and back as you extend your arms into Downward Facing Dog. Shift your weight to your right leg as you lift your left leg towards the sky. Keep your knee straight. Firmly extend your left heel to engage your whole leg.
Torso. Let your heart center expand towards the ground, while keeping your spine long. Lengthen both sides of the torso equally. Engage the shoulder blades against the back of the rib cage.
Arms. As your arms are extended, draw your elbows towards the mid-line of the body. Slightly externally rotate your shoulders so that your elbow creases start to face forward. Keep a softness in the elbows. Spread your fingers and press your hands firmly into the ground. Draw your shoulders away from your ears to create space.
Gaze. Soften your jaw and eyes. Gaze slightly forward. Stay for several breaths. To come out of the pose, exhale, lower the left leg and return to Downward Facing Dog.
B R E A T H E
[Repeat on the other side]
Sunrise, Long Beach, Washington