Annie on DEEP REST
The year is growing older and colder in the Northern hemisphere and Nature is calling us to Deep Rest. The Solstice is coming and it is after the long dark night that most cultures and religions call for reflection on the seasons past and a presence to what might be on the horizon in the shining new year.
In our asana practice we prepare for deep rest with the supine twist. Twisting compresses the abdomen, gently moving and squeezing the organs, and stretching the small tight muscles around the spine, making space. It comes at the end of practice to ground all the Agni, metabolic fire and power you created in your practice, so that you can transition from practice to daily life with ease.
The alignment cues for twisting are grounding and opening, creating opening and ease in preparation for deep rest.
So in asana, as in daily life, rinse away the excess, squeeze out everything unnecessary and create ease and space to take your rest.
Kari and Annie are closing the studio Christmas Eve to New Years Eve to take our deep rest, body mind and spirit. You might take the week off yoga, practice restorative at home, or come to a couple of community classes to have joyful movement with friends. We will see you 1/1 on the mat ready to work and excited about all the learning in the year ahead.