Whirl and twirl and just have fun! Today, take time to act like a child. Let go of your adult side and play. Of course, we need to take care of the things that matter, but try to explore the world through young eyes. Identify animals in clouds. Play hopscotch or jump rope. Hold a butterfly in your hand. Drink water from a garden hose and then spray a friend. Ride a bike. Leap. Spin 'round. Laugh. Play the What-If game.
Give yourself permission to play.
Whirl till your worries spin away.
The American Windmill Museum, Lubbock, Texas
"I whirl my cares away."
Yoga Pose: Tree Pose Vrikasana
Probably one of the most expressive and joyful balance poses, Tree Pose requires no props. It can be practiced anywhere, anytime. Even in line at the grocery store! Have fun with it!
Foundation. Start in Tadasana - Mountain Pose. Set your intention.
Stance. Shift your weight onto your left leg, maintaining a strong foundation through your left foot. Keep your left leg straight without locking your knee.
Legs. Lift your right foot up and place the sole of your foot against the inner side of your left leg. Use your hands if necessary to place it where you want it - by your ankle, near your upper lower leg or up to your upper thigh. Keep your right knee pointed out to the right side.
Torso. Lengthen your spine. Relax the shoulders.
Arms. Allow your arms to float up and stretch your fingertips the reach towards the sky in a wide "V" position.
Gaze. Soften your jaw and eyes. Keep your head in a neutral position. Gaze slightly upward. Smile.
Timing. Balanced here for several breaths. Change the position of your arms, even clasping them behind you. Let your arms act as wings, whirl them up and down. To come out of the pose, set your right foot back on the Earth. Return to Tadasana.
B R E A T H E
[Repeat on the other side]
Lenora's Long Lips Garden, Paola, Kansas