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In order to create the life you desire, you may need to make changes. Maybe even drastic changes. As you plan your new path, first question your intent, your focus, your passion. What is it you want out of life? Does your new life plan align with the values you hold dear? If good health is important to you, prioritize your workout time and make healthy food choices. If creative time is vital to your soul, let those around you know that your quiet creative time is non-negotiable time. If giving back is your vibe, choose a purpose or organization and get involved. If nature calls you, plant a garden, hike to a waterfall or explore a cave. Question why you spend your time as you do. It is easy to think the outside world controls our destiny. Yet we all have the power to decide how and why we live our lives.

Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

"I question if my life and values align."

Yoga Pose: Kneeling Extended Side Angle Pose

Kneeling Utthita Parsvakonasana

A variation of the standing pose to question why yoga poses feel new when done with a different foundation.

Foundation. Start in a kneeling position with your back long. Set your intention.

Stance. Shift your weight into your right shin. Extend your left leg out to the side, with your knee relatively straight. Pull your toes back towards your left shoulder.

Arms. Lift and expand your arms to shoulder height. Palms down. Set your right hand on the ground about 12"-24" away from your right hip. Extend your left arm directly overhead or on an angle to the right with your elbow straight.

Torso. As you set your right hand down on the ground, exhale and angle your torso to the right side, bending from the right hip joint, not the waist. Anchor this movement by strengthening and lengthening your left leg and pressing your left heel into the earth. Rotate your torso to the left to keep the two sides of your body equally long. Lengthen your tailbone toward the left heel.

Gaze. Soften your jaw and eyes. Keep your head in a neutral position.

Timing. Stay in this pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Inhale to come out of the pose reaching your left arm to the sky, then releasing it along your side body as you return to a centered kneeling position.


[Repeat on the other side]

Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island, Washington

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