Virbhadrasana, the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet takes this pose with strength, grace and balance. As with any balance poses, staying present, listening to the subtle movements of the body, and practicing often is key to finding your best expression. Balance comes with understanding and embracing opposites. Within this pose, experiment with reaching forward as far as you can with your fingers and back with your toes. What you may find in the center is your ultimate place of unwavering balance.
I’ve been trying to activate new pathways of thought. I’ve been in a mental rut. And when my thoughts slip outside the loop, I get lost in the wilds of my mind.
There is so much beauty in wilderness. And so much terror. And all life moves between the two. Trust and fear. I’ve noticed my fear became a normal pattern of thought for me. It became my natural circuit that kept my thinking small. Fear kept me coming back to my loop. But the beauty kept calling.
Referred to as a “forbidden fruit” and one of the “Seven Wonders of Barbados, ” Grapefruit was first documented in 1750 by Welshman Rev. Griffith Hughes. The name “grapefruit” is attributed to the fruits growing in clusters which resemble those of grapes. Known for its energizing and invigorating aroma, Grapefruit helps uplift mood. Grapefruit is also renowned for its cleansing and purifying properties and is frequently used in skin care for its ability to promote the appearance of clear, healthy-looking skin. Grapefruit can also support a healthy metabolism.*
Improves the appearance of blemishes
Supports healthy metabolism*
The first time I tried yoga, I didn’t like it. Not even a little!
I dropped out of the class after a few sessions, thinking I was better off running or doing something different that burns more calories. I had NO idea how WRONG I was until years later.
Over time I began having issues with stress and high blood pressure. The word yoga began resurfacing over and over again in my world. The most obvious sign was the free yoga sessions offered at work, taking place in a room right next to my classroom. 😊 After giving it another try, I couldn’t have been more amazed with the positive results. I knew this was the start of something very good for me but it wasn’t until a little angel in my kindergarten class led me to Nourishing Storm, where the real shifts began.
Utkatasana is a great blend of strengthening the legs as you squat while keeping your heart open as you lift your arms to the sky. Add in a twist to each side for great cleansing benefits as you release energy and massage the internal organs. It builds a lot of heat in the body, and fast!
Benefits (from yogajournal.com)
Strengthens the ankles, thighs, calves, and spine
Stretches shoulders and chest
Stimulates the abdominal organs, diaphragm, and heart