Twelve Days of Yoga: On the 10th, 11th, 12th Days

“On the 12th day of yoga, my guru gave to me…

12 corpses sleeping
11 chanters chanting
10 stretchy pants
9 dancing yogis
8 chaturangas
7 chakras tuning
6 heavy breathers
5 minute peace

4 flying crows
3 om’ing om oms
2 turtle poses
and a Hanuman in a coconut tree.

12 corpses sleeping… shavasana/corpse pose can be one of the most challenging poses to do.  I remember  when I first discovered yoga, I thought shavasana was a complete waste of time… we were just lying there doing nothing.  I didn’t understand the importance and benefit of being as still as possible after the practice.  Now, a five minute shavasana isn’t enough.  I prefer a 10 minute hold if time permits.  The longer you can stay still, the more time the body has to absorb all the prana and energy that you created during the practice.  It also gives you time to cultivate some space between the thoughts.  As the body comes to stillness and the breath slows down, you can notice a pause between the next inhale and exhale… and then magically as the pause between breaths increases, the pause between thoughts also increase…. pure PEACE!

11 chanters chanting… I love to chant even if I don’t know what the words mean.  The sounds, the rhythm, and the foreign words of sanskrit take me out of my head and into the vibration of my voice.  I especially love it when I listen and chant along with Krishna Das who is my favorite kirtan singer.  Some of my favorite chants to sing is:  om shanti shanti shanti; lokah samastha sukhino bhavantu; om; and of course the Hanuman Chalisa.

10 stretchy pants… stretchy clothing of any kind is my favorite thing to wear especially during the holidays because I can eat extra and let my belly expand🙂

Hope you enjoyed the 12 days of yoga.

Mele Kalikimaka  (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian)

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