My daughter Dayna took some photos of me Saturday at her house for some of the poses and stretches I want to share with you specifically for the long hours we spend hunched over our machines, so I now have material for 3 Sunday Stretch posts!
While I'm sweating my butt off Sunday during workshops, you can read about a great pose you might already know. Then stop reading! Go do it!
Here we go:
This is Cowface Arms aka Gomukhasana pose. Take yourself to the floor first of all! You know I've said how good just sitting on the floor is for our hips. You can sit in a loose cross-legged position as I did here, or tighter, or half lotus or full lotus. Heck, put the soles of your feet together and let the knees fall apart if you like for a lovely outward rotation in the hip joint, known as Butterfly in Yin, or Baddha Konasana. Remember "asana" just means "pose" in Sanskrit. Please excuse the somewhat wet hair; I'd just got out of the shower.
wink) and drop it down your back. Reach around with your left arm, grabbing onto the strap. Breathing steadily and slowly to a count of 3 or 4, start to work your hands closer together, lifting your right elbow into the air and keeping your shoulders relaxed and away from your ears.
Bernie Clark says you want to feel sensation, but don't make it sensational!
Release the strap or your fingers after 1-2 minutes (you may need to work up to two minutes, no worries) and s-l-o-w-l-y undo your arms, imagining there are two walls crushing into your sides, so put the palms up and push those imaginary walls apart, engaging all the muscles in your arms as you do so. Shake the arms gently. Repeat on the other side.
This is wonderful for the neck and shoulders and arms. :-)
I had company when I did my Yin practice Friday morning.
Wings! It is one of Cynthia's Scrap-a-Palooza quilts. Although it is not quite done, I wanted to try out the Minkee backing. Ahhhh. Divine! No, it's not finished yet; some tweaking needed on the quilting, and then binding. Yep, Avril and I are on good terms once more.