I have always delighted in looking at this album cover art! The woman looks comfortable in her body, full of vitality and enjoying a Hot Summer Day (a great song on the album). She has an openness, her heart is exposed, unguarded. She is experiencing the breeze, the sun and life! She is wholly present in that moment!
Along the same lines;
I remember a scene in a visually stunning Chinese *movie. Many people were harvesting or tending rice, they were all bending forward, down. A breeze came up and one by one everyone stretched their backs (similar to the woman on the album cover). At one point all of them were in variations of this position. They were not rushed, they all seemed to be listening to their own bodies needs, stretching their spines as much and as long as each needed to before going back to work!
Think about this for a few minutes…visualize it…
(* I wish I had a clip or remembered the film’s title, if you know, Please comment below!)
…When do you enjoy a nice long stretch of your spine? When are you most comfortable in your body?
I often hear people saying “I don’t backbend” or “I can’t Backbend”, and I see some students struggle with the easiest “backbend” postures. I wonder how much of this has to do with our modern lifestyle and our mindset, and our emotional health (self love, acceptance), to to feel free and safe!
Do rounded shoulders and hunched backs reflect our wounds, our heartaches? Is it some kind of armor over our heart?
As a yogi, I say YES, it is our wounds and our armor both!
I and many people find emotions come up when backbending! Even gaining just a little new suppleness around the heart, has brought me to tears. This is not a bad thing! If I have grief or sadness, isn’t it best to acknowledge it, give it some space and time to release from my being?
“The deeper sorrow carves into our being the more joy it can contain” ~ Kahlil Gibran
I was recently at concerts where the music was amazing, yet few people were smiling and very few danced. I thought of this poem;
O wondrous creatures, By what strange miracle Do you so often Not smile?~ Hafiz
I simply wish for everyone to love being in their body, exactly as it is. To feel comfortable and have a sense of vitality, aliveness.
I wish for everyone to enjoy embodied movement, embodied rest, embodied closeness.
These are some of the many reasons I am passionate about teaching yoga. This is also why I am teaching a Backbending workshop this October.
See you on the mat, Christina