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To UPHOLD is to support or lift up. Be it a principle, a promise or a decision, once you commit to it, it belongs to you. It becomes your responsibility to support it and maintain your position. Staying on an ethical path and upholding your standards requires strong moral values that are in sync with your beliefs and physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energies. We all stumble, lose balance, falter. Instead of berating yourself and feeling down, simply re-calibrate your moral compass, shake off the negative thoughts, reset your resolve and lift yourself up again.

Ko-Kwal-alwoot - The Maiden of Deception Pass, Anacortes, Washington

Read the legend here

"I uphold my commitments."

Yoga Pose: Revolved Warrior I Utthita Virabhadrasana I

Uphold your commitment to an ongoing home yoga practice by returning to your center. A strong core is required to maintain and hold this standing twist.

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

Stance. Step your left foot forward into a lunge, bending your left knee, so that the left knee is in a 90 degree angle (or more), with the foot in line with the outer hip. The right leg extends out behind as straight as possible.

Torso & Arms. Inhale and lift your torso upright. Release the shoulders away from the ears. Draw the tailbone down toward the floor and lift your pubic bone toward your navel. Lift your chest from the strength of your shoulder blades against the back torso, creating a bend back. Place your hands in Anjuli Mudra (prayer). Revolve your torso to the left as you lean forward. Place your right elbow to the outside of your left thigh. Lift your left elbow towards the sky.

Gaze. Tilt your head to gaze over your left shoulder/elbow. Hold for at least nine breaths. Release your arms down as you untwist and step back to a standing position.


[Repeat on other side]

Deception Pass State Park, Anacortes, Washington

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