|This is not a metaphor for the wacky compartments of my brain, lol, but still a metaphor...|
Here is the first one I often will do, a standing forward bend, known as Dangling in Yin yoga.
|Feet are hip-width apart, legs are either straight or bent at the knees, and you hold onto opposite elbows.|
|Dangling, arms in an alternate variation: relaxed down|
To come out, bend your knees, place your hands on the floor and go into Squat.
|Mild back bend; great for the ankles (note I am not sitting on that heat register; there is space between my butt and the floor)|
A Yin flow, like the first quilty picture, which is the beginnings of my Scrap Vortex, found here at Crazy Mom Quilts, will put several pieces, or poses, together to make an overall wonderful workout (or quilt, ha) for the body, mind and spirit. As we hold these poses, we have time to go inside our body, both watching our breath flow in and out slowly and steadily, and also getting in touch with the sensations we are experiencing in various parts of our bodies. This awareness helps our busy minds to slow down, relax, and be more fully present in all aspects of our life, not just while we are on our yoga mat. However, these two simple stretches can also help to relieve some muscle tension from too many hours of FMQ!
I also mentioned I had started Cynthia's Scrap-a-Palooza quilt #16:
I will be linking this post with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework, the place to be every Sunday if you want scrappy inspiration.
Note: My Yin notes are based on information in Bernie Clark's book The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga. You can purchase it on Amazon or through his website, yinyoga.com