Archive | March, 2011

how to… chaturanga dandasana (four-limbed staff pose)

17 Mar

chaturanga dandasana – four-limbed staff pose

lincoln park, capital hill, washington, dc

things to remember:

  • fire up the core (pull the bellybutton up and in toward the spine) to keep the center of the body lifted, even if the knees are down in the modified version
  • activate the legs (engage the quads, lifting the knee caps) to keep the lower body lifted
  • activating the the core and legs is especially important for the ladies with our lower center of gravity
  • send the gaze and heart forward- this will prevent the head from dipping down and weakening the posture
  • squeeze the elbows into the body as you exhale the body down from plank position (top of a push-up) into chaturanga
  • keep the shoulders back and no lower than the elbows (dipping the shoulders forward can cause injury, especially with multiple chaturangas throughout practice)

the MOST important things to remember:

  • do NOT do chaturanga dandasana if you have shoulder injuries. instead, modify or completely abstain from chaturanga so you can take care of your self and heal up.
  • cultivating the best form possible for your body is essential in keeping your shoulders safe.

more about chaturanga dandasana

delay is not a denial

14 Mar

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on wednesday 3/2/11, i received a package sent from my brother in florida.

when i opened the box, i realized the contents had been packed MONTHS earlier due to the bounty of christmas-themed items.

the contents included these AWESOME slippers, which i put on immediately and snapped this photo  —>

i chuckled to myself and remembered one of my favorite quotes from Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith: “a delay is not a denial”

time jump to december 2008: i had my FAVORITE movie “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” shipped express via to my father’s house to make absolutely sure that the my nephews (and the rest of the family) would be able to enjoy this holiday gem.

time jump to december 2009: made sure to pack Rudy for heavy movie rotation at my cousin’s house… because in my opinion, no one can get enough of this movie

time jump to early december 2010: my brother called me on a reconnaissance mission to acquire my address and shoe size.  i gave them to him not knowing exactly why he’d become so interested in my feet.

time jump to january 2011: my brother calls to wish me happy birthday. i am thankful and we chat about my celebration plans and i get updates on the babies. i also let him know that whatever he has sent has still not yet arrived.

time jump to delivery date: so when the package FINALLY shows up i spent all of 3 seconds being full on livid at the US Postal Service. then when i saw the faces of my brother’s family all dressed in red for the holiday i melted into gratitude.  and then i got full on giddy when i saw the Rudolph slippers.

this delay reminded me that just because something i want takes a longer than i anticipate it doesn’t mean that it isn’t going to happen.  and even though Rudolph is so last season, i didn’t take them off for 3 days straight (well… except for sleeping), literally, walking in gratitude.

the delay on getting my slippers was a demonstration that things don’t necessarily have to come “on time” to be appreciated.  and in retrospect, i realize that things i considered “late” or “delayed” were actually in divine time.