I love August. For as long as I can remember August is when I finally feel summer's lazy days effect as the city finally gets quiet, schedules super lighten and moments of reflection seem to go on for hours at a time. Practicing this pose, malasana with prayer hands demonstrates what August feels like for me. It is grounding, clarifying and humbling with stirrings of gratitude for what I have and where I am showing itself to me with all the extra time I have to think and feel.
If you're not feeling this way and would like to be able to let go, chill out and count your blessings, I strongly suggest softening your front body with back bending postures more often. Eventually you will notice as you come out of a pose like bow or any other back bend and rest in a calming counter pose like malasana how stress, worry and anxiety is there to fool you and make more of itself while the real you who has emerged from a back bend wants to relax, play and enjoy the warmth of the second half of summer.
|One legged bow pose, danurasana|
|Full bow pose, danurasana, make up www.onehundredpercentpure.com earrings, New York City street vendor|
|Malasana, a nice alternative to child's pose. Top www.zara.com skirt, vintage from India, cuff www.forever21.com nails, seaport breeze www.karmaorganicspa.com|