January 12: It's still early enough to start a catch-up email with "Happy New Year." Annual resolutions may already have slipped. Now is an appropriate time to examine habits. Continually bringing awareness to what we want to carry forward and letting go of what's harmful, or simply no longer relevant, creates space to live fully in this moment. One helpful tool to sharpen presence is a mindful practice of yoga. The poses we repeat every day can reinforce habits, if left unexamined, or guide us toward new ways of moving, thinking, and living in our bodies.
"The less mindful we are of what is happening in the moment," writes Tiffany Russo for Yoga Journal, "the more room we make for opportunities to injure ourselves." In a blog post and photo series, she breaks down Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, a component of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation), breakfast of yogis. "The most vulnerable body parts are the low back and the wrists. But by practicing this posture with more awareness and attention to your approach, you can actually find more space, length, and integrity in the body."
Read Tiffany's piece to learn mechanics of Urdhva Mukha Svanasana that contribute to a safe, healthy, and enjoyable experience of the pose. Which components of your yoga practice, or aspects of your daily life, could use a little extra time and attention?