The third-eye chakra enables us to see the bigger picture of our current situation. and surrender the ego. We can encourage this surrender in the body and mind by practicng forward bends.
Balasana (Child's Pose)
Kneel on shins with big toes together, knees apart. Lower hips towards heels and belly on thighs. Rest forehead on floor. Place hands beside heels, with backs of hands on floor
Therapeutics: Stretches back body and increases breath awareness there, allows for going inwards, all-purpose resting pose
Janu Sirsasana (Head of the Knee Pose)
Sit on floor with right foot on inside of left thigh, left leg straight. Press left leg into floor and extend through ball of left foot. Inhale and sit up tall through front of chest. Exhale and release forward from hips, keeping heart forward and shoulders relaxed. Hold up to 1 minute each side, then release.
Therapeutics: Stretches back of legs, hips and lower back
Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Forward Bend)
Stand with feet wide apart. Bend forward from hips placing hands between feet. Release spine forward with crown of head facing floor.
Therapeutics: Intense hamstring stretch, opens back of body
I attend Cheryl's class regularly and feel that my practice has improved immensely over the past few years due to her expert coaching. Her teaching style is clear and compassionate and her previous experience in teaching adults is evident in her organized approach and easy to understand instructions. I also appreciate that Cheryl not only teaches us about how to correctly position ourselves, but also touches on many aspects of yoga philosophy, which in turn has deepened my personal practice and heightened my awareness of the connection between mind and body, breath and relaxation.