As Lee Ann Womack so perfectly sang: "Never lose your sense of wonder...When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance." It is with a sense of fun and whimsy that our long lists of obligations and responsibilities become more bearable. As your day unfolds, what can you do to bring some joy, laughter and spirit-lifting fun into your daily tasks? Put on some good music and dance while you clean. Call a friend while you cook. Do a yoga practice inspired by all the animal-named poses you know. Tackle your to-do list alphabetically to keep you on track (please note, Q and X are hard ones). Give yourself little rewards as you accomplish each item. Being a bit whimsical brings positive energy into our lives. Make your life shine bright, even with the obligations. Have fun.
You've got this.
Spurs in the Desert, Wickenberg, Arizona
"My whimsical side reflects my positive spirit."
Yoga Pose: Staff Pose Dandasana
It takes much more strength and energy than it appears to maintain a lengthened and engaged back, straight legs and a 90 degree angle through in the hips in this basic pose. If you are tight in the hips or hamstrings sit on a blanket to lift your pelvis.
Foundation. From a seated position, extend your legs out in front of you.
Legs. Keep your legs fully engaged by pressing out through your heels, flexing your feet and gently pressing the backs of your legs toward the ground. Try not to hyperextend your knees.
Torso. Lengthen your spine, while you continue to root through your pelvis and sit bones to fully connect to the ground. Lift up through your chest without pushing the front ribs forward.
Arms. Bring your hands together in front of your heart in Anjuli Mudra (prayer) or on the ground on either side of your hips. Ad a little whimsy by stretching one arm towards the sky.
Gaze. Soften your eyes and look toward the horizon from your heart center. Breathe. To come out of the pose, bend your knees and return to a comfortable seated position.
B R E A T H E
Cathedral Rock from Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona