To LIBERATE is to set free or release yourself from the restraints of expectations. We all have old patterns and familiar activities that we have grown accustomed to doing or thinking. What is no longer working for you? It might be a commitment, a belief system, an exercise routine, a project or a relationship. It is time to release the constraints of what is restricting your creativity, energy and love. It is time to make the change to liberate yourself. Like a wave crashing on the shore, set your spirit free.
Smelt Sands State Park, Yachats, Oregon
"Today I liberate myself from the confines
of old patterns of thought and action."
Yoga Pose: Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose Supta Padangusthasana
Free your hips with this hip opener and experience an emotional release.
Foundation. Start supine with your legs strongly extended and your shoulder blades pressed into the earth.
Position. Exhale and bend your right knee towards your chest. Maintain a strong extension through the left heel. Loop a strap around the ball of the right foot. Either hold the strap with both hands or use your right forearm through a loop. Inhale and extend the right heel to the sky.
Torso. Broaden the shoulder blades and use the strap to allow your back to stay engaged on the earth without curling the upper back. Widen the collarbones.
Arms. Lengthen the left arm overhead, stretching the fingertips towards the area behind you.
Hips. Release the head of the right thigh bone deeply into the pelvis. Allow the right leg to lengthen through the belly of the hamstring muscle, drawing the leg a little closer to your head.
Gaze. Soften your jaw and eyes. Gaze upward. To come out of the pose, bend your right knee, remove the strap. Return the right leg to the earth.
B R E A T H E
[Repeat on the other side]
Medina Lake, Lakehills, Texas