Monday, January 21, 2008

release and surrender

Where am I?
I am here.

What time is it?
Right now.

Eyes closed, legs crossed, hands at heart center

I sit. I breathe.

I am here, on my mat.
I am present here, now.

I am trying to release an issue that occurred earlier in the day,
but the emotion keeps nibbling at the edges of my consciousness.

Breathing in, I fill my lungs with a smooth, steady, great inhale of air -(release the emotion)
Breathing out, I extend the exhale, wringing every last bit of air from my lungs. (surrender it ... let it go ...)

Breathing in, I am aware -
I scan my body for tight spots, I scan my mind for any tight spots
Breathing out, I smile - to all that is me, here, tonight

gain, I breathe in, counting 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5 ... 6 ... I am aware ...
Breathing out ... I smile (there! it's released. Thank you, God.)

We begin our surya namaskars (sun salutations):

Inhale - hands out and up, extending the spine, legs strong, muscles engaged
Exhale - dive down to Forward Fold, spine extended, head relaxed

Inhale - right foot back, lunge deeply, heart raised up, legs engaged
Exhale - Down Dog, spine extended (oh, yes, this feels so good, I smile), core engaged as I push back and lift my tailbone

Inhale - forward into Plank, arms are strong, legs straight and engaged
Exhale - lower down to knees, chest, chin ... noting the strength of the triceps ... eight-point namaskar ... strong, muscles engaged

Inhale - lower down to the mat ... rise into Cobra, heart raised, back muscles tightly engaged
Exhale - push back into Down Dog ... lengthen the spine, extend the arms, raise the tailbone

Inhale - left foot forward into lunge, heart raised, deeply lowering the hips
Exhale - bring the right foot foward to Forward Fold again, muscles starting to feel fluid ... engaged and relaxed at the same time

Inhale - with straight back, engage the back muscles and extend the arms forward and up, looking up between the hands
Exhale - arms forward and then pulled back in to heart center

Inhale - the sound of the ocean as it sighs, pulling the wave back from shore
Exhale - the wave returning to lap at the shore, happily releasing the tug of gravity

Set after set - like sets of ocean waves - we go through the surya namaskars, releasing, surrendering to the flow of the breath ...

Inhale - I am aware ...
Exhale - I smile ...

Where am I?
I am here.
What time is it?
Right now.


justabeachkat said...

Hi Rose

Thanks for visiting me today. I hope you'll come're always welcome.

I've sure enjoyed myself here tonight. Love your music too. I'll be back.


Amber said...

Where am I?
I am here.
What time is it?
Right now.

Love that, Rose!

stewcarol said...

I was right there with you for the first few steps, and then I got a little lost in the yoga moves!! I like the deep breaths and deep thoughts, though. I can do that. Right here. Right now. Amen.


dec0r8or said...

I feel hypnotised! Picture me with those little cartoon spirals in my I love that you make me slow down, Rose. Have a great day.

Beth said...

I just started taking yoga, so this post of yours was perfect for me to read today. Thanks !!

and now back to my regularly scheduled breathing !!!