To NAVIGATE is to manage, ascertain or plot and control the course or position of something. We all have a passion, goal or love that directs us to our true North. That thing, that person, that love that causes all else to disappear and guides us in the direction we are meant to go, allowing us to navigate the hard challenges, emotional storms and complicated decisions we face in our lives. That true North compass might be your spiritual rituals or religion, your child or partner, your yoga practice or creative endeavors. Whatever it is that plots the best course for you, take time to listen to the wisdom it offers you.
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Newport, Oregon
"I navigate outer uncertainty
with inner certainty."
Yoga Pose: Standing Archer Pose (inspired by seated Archer)
Tadasana Akarna Dhanurasana
Orient yourself to your true North, finding balance in the process.
Foundation. Start in Tadasana - Mountain Pose. Set your intention.
Stance. Shift your weight onto your right leg, maintaining a strong foundation through the right foot. Keep your right leg straight without locking your knee.
Legs. Lift your left knee up toward your belly. Reach your left arm inside the thigh, cross it over the front ankle, and hold the outside of your left foot. [If your hamstrings are tight, hold a strap looped around the left sole]. Inhale, keep the left knee bent and tip the knee out to the side. Use your hand to draw the foot towards your heart while you push the foot away from you to create a dynamic interplay.
Torso. Lengthen the spine. Relax the shoulders.
Arms. Float your right arm up to a diagonal, stretching your fingertips to the sky.
Gaze. Soften your jaw and eyes. Keep your head in a neutral position. Smile.
Timing. Hold for several breaths. Release your grip and maintain your balance as you lower the foot to the ground on an exhale. Return to Tadasana.
B R E A T H E
[Repeat on the other side]
Pacific City, Oregon