Learn a mudra prayer temple dance and boost your joy

OM Namah Shivaya, Lord of my Heart

Before we dance we offer a Boomi Pranam in gratitude to the earth for giving us ground stable enough to crawl, walk, run and dance upon in the first place.

The lyrics, tune, and melody of this mudra dance are taught by the Yasodhara Ashram yogins on Kootenay Lake, BC. Please note that the Sanskrit portion of the video is sideways at the beginning, but turns upright after a few seconds.

Here are the words to the English part of the song, which start at about 1:24 minutes into the video:

Let my mind always abide at your feet. x2

Let my speech always sing of thy glories. x2

Let my hands always be at they service. x2

Let my ears always hear thy stories. x2

OM namah Shivaya, OM namah Shivaya, OM namah Shivaya, namaho x4

Let me always contemplate on you. x2

Let my eyes always see thy glorious form. x2

Let the aim of my life now be to know you. x2

O, my lord, of my heart, thou art my refuge x2

OM Namaya Shivaya, OM namaya Shivaya, OM namaya Shivaya, namaho x4

Lotus mudra

How to use yoga to heal an injured tailbone

If a yoga student has a tailbone injury, sitting asanas are going to be uncomfortable. There is a large community of people with coccyx pain, most commonly incurred from falling on ice and stairs, or from childbirth. If it is simply a bruise, the student can still attend yoga classes and benefit from the healing possibilities therein, but if it is a more chronic problem, then due diligence is in order.

sacrum

The sacrum

The tailbone, sacrum, and coccyx are all contained in our root chakra, the muladhara, and influence our feelings about our right to exist, to belong and to be fully present. On the psychic level, the muladhara chakra has a survival instinct to “brake in case of emergency” if we are threatened or perceive being at risk by something in our lives. The body’s a natural instinct to send all the energy into the head when danger arises functions to shut down the feeling in the pelvis and can cement a tension that, if left unchecked, will result in an armoring of the body. Yoga teachers are all too familiar with this – especially in beginner students who come to class unaware of the amour they are carrying from past trauma.

Since the tailbone is awkward to reach, warming/icing it can be a challenge. To apply heat, get a portable bidet and fill it with hot water (as hot as you can stand) and place it on your toilet seat (lid up). Sit with your tailbone immersed in the water for at least five minutes, especially after driving in a vehicle which tends to inflame the area. To apply ice is another challenge that can be overcome with a little ingenuity. Get surgical gloves and fill the fingers to ¾ full with water. Freeze, with fingers hanging, and then cut them off at the hand joint. Tightly tie the ends in a knot and there you have tiny ice packs to place in the crack of your buttocks. They melt quickly so keep several on hand (pardon the pun).

This complete list of home and office chairs suitable for people who experience coccyx pain also contains photos and tips on what not to use. In particular, a soft exercise ball is a good investment as it is portable and can be used for a number of supported therapeutic exercises.

Yoga postures can help remove the armour, by loosening the withheld tension and bringing suppleness of feeling back into the tailbone region. Cardiovascular and abdominal exercises are excellent for reducing pain in the tailbone, simply by toning the muscles that surround it. Tadasana (mountain), marjoriasana (cat/table) and balasana (child) are some recommended postures for people with coccyx pain. They increase stability, bring suppleness and deepen the breath respectively.

Besides yoga, there are effective alternative therapies such as the pelvic lock, sacral unwinding and Torque Release adjustments that can bring healing to the tailbone region. For those who wish to avoid medical intervention or other invasive procedures, arm yourself with as much information as you can gather about your situation, and possible courses of action. This definitely involves discussing your tailbone, coccyx and sacrum with your doctor. Guidance and record keeping is what they’re here for!

Rise to your peak in the triangle pose

I gained a valuable piece of personal insight in Hidden Language yoga class this week. Some repressed feelings surfaced during the Triangle pose which gave me the opportunity dispel depression.

Trikonasana presents two main ways of entering the pose. Either the hand rests on the floor…

or the hand rests on the lower leg.

I have always bent all the way down to the floor. That time however, I experienced escalating discomfort, both emotionally and physically, and had to look within myself for answers to the sudden suffering…

Part of the Triangle asana is to rise up to your peak and look outward from there. I asked myself, “how can I broaden my vision and see the meaning of loneliness? I don’t want to let myself get this low, so how do I lift up?”

I told myself  “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” This reminded me that I love my home life, and that every situation has pros and cons. A yogin must take in as many perspectives as possible, remain impartial and meditate on impermanence.That line of investigation opened up an earnest commitment to let my higher self have more prominence in my decision making.

I brought my whole torso up about a foot , and rested my hand on my calf. Glancing gently up at my palm, outstretched and accepting of more choices. From that position, I felt taller and lighter, could see more options, feel more connected to universal consciousness, and in due time came out of the asana with an increased feeling of empowerment.

As we went around the room to share our end reflections I called my revelation a classic Hidden Language moment. Since then I have stood taller in the Triangle!

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