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Lisa’s Asana 101 | Goddess Pose
5 Minutes 4 Positive Change | Lisa’s Asana 101
Sanskrit: High Malasana Squat or Utkata konasana
According to Sally Kempton, popular journalist on Yoga Journal, in Indian lore, Parvati comes onto the stage of mythology as a young maiden, the daughter of the mountain king Himalaya. She’s fiercely independent, and with good reason: Parvati is the incarnate form of the primordial shakti, the divine feminine power in its absolute form.
Shakti energy is one of the most important aspects of my practice as a Yogini. I utilize this posture often in my classes I teach to invoke fire energy and increase Tapas.
To start, please begin in Warrior 11 Virabhdrasana Vri.
Inhale and turn your feet to face the side of the mat, heels in, toes out, feet twice as wide as the hips.Use root lock on the inhale, Mula Bandha. Use upper abdominal lock on the exhale, Udyana Bandha.
Exhale and take Goddess Squat, stacking the knees above the ankles. hold the posture for 5-15 breaths.
Chandrasana~ Lunar Goddess Flow
Inhale and straighten the legs as you bring your arms out and up, palms facing forward, until thumbs touch overhead
Exhale as you come back into the asana
Repeat this flow, linking your pose with your breath at least 1- 2 minutes to build heat.
Suryasana~ Solar Goddess Flow
At the top pf the breath, inhale fully
Then as you exhale, bring your arms out and down as you fold from the hips scooping the arms on the earth
Inhale and lift to rise up lifting arms out and up overhead touching thumbs at top, reaching for the sun
Exhale and scoop arms out and down reaching for the Earth below.
Continue this flow, focusing on utilizing your fullest range of motion, sweeping the arms like a beautiful sun.
After 1-2 minutes return to Warrior 11. Focus over front fingertips. Inhale and expand in all directions
Exhale and sink into the hips, releasing tension at the shoulders into the Earth below.
Inhale and lift back heel turning it to 6 O’Clock, exhale pushing off back ball of foot and step to Mountain pose.
Bring hands to heart center. Honor your practice, finding peace, tranquility and deep release.
See the full article by Sally Kempton here
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