"It takes a lot of courage to grow up and be who you really are." -E.E. Cummings
I am not sure if it has something to do with turning 40 this year, but it has finally happened...I have stopped trying to be anything else but myself. Before we celebrate this major feat, let's talk about why the hell it took so damn long.
For me, the biggest barrier is ego. An ever present voice that chimes in on what I should be doing and how I should be acting. In addition, this charming voice likes to pipe in some assumptions about what others are probably thinking about me and my choices.
The ego does quick work on creating a solid shell barrier over truth. Our work has to be to chip away at it day by day and breath by breath. For me, it is done through a quiet yoga practice, journaling and allowing my closest pals into my head so we can sort it out together.
By the way, what you are looking for is already there. Pure, loved, beautiful, you. Happy uncovering!
What is one thing about yourself that you know is true?
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Upward Facing Bow (Urdhva Dhanurasana)
(p.s. Thanks for your patience of my photos. Typically a cat and toddler are trying to help.)
Complete a well-rounded warm-up that has some emphasis on chest & hips opening
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor hip-distance apart
Flip your hands, wrist creases back, in line with your ears
Push into your hands & feet to climb just to the top of your head
Pause to integrate your shoulders into the pose and direct your elbows together and back
Straighten your legs and arms fully to lift the center of your chest upwards
Engage your hamstrings and lengthen your tailbone to support the widening of your low back
Rewind the pose slowly and rest in Reclined Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)