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What a interesting concept. To be at peace with each other and our world. You do not need to completely agree with other people, just find some common ground. That place where you find similarities rather than differences. It is possible for friends to disagree on politics, healthcare or life choices, yet still want to spend time with each other enjoying shared passions. Finding harmony is not unreachable, but it does take effort. And it starts within ourselves. No one is perfect. Accepting and appreciating who you are, with all your strengths and weaknesses, is the first step in harmonizing with the world around you. Simply acknowledging who you are, trying to improve those areas that need attention and reaching out to accept others, can illuminate your world with the light of peace.

Lake Conroe, Willis, Texas

"I harmonize with

the world around me."

Yoga Pose: Downward Facing Dog Adho Mukha Svanasana

While out hiking, a good down dog stretch on the perfect flat rock brings a yogini in touch with the natural world.

Foundation. Begin in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Set your intention.

Move. Inhale and fold forward from your hips. Place your hands firmly on the rock (bend your knees if you need to). Step one foot back, then the other, to create a V-shape. Lift your hips up and back as you extend your arms, without locking your elbows, into Downward Facing Dog.

Legs. Lengthen your legs, but keep a softness in your knees. Extend your heels towards the Earth, but do not worry if they do not touch down.

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, step forward to a forward fold before returning to Tadasana.


Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada

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