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"Regardless of what stage of life we're in, Yoga practice should serve to bring forth our unique skills, strengths, and talents. It should help us live with greater ease and acceptance.
In this light, always consider your practice in terms of how it can balance and serve the rest of your life. The practice should serve you: you are not a servant to the practice.
Sometimes the harder practice is not what we do on our mat but what is demanded of us off the mat. The greater practice may be in giving up part of our formal practice time to devote more attention to raising our children or taking care of our elderly parents.
It is a terrible thing if we see these periods of our life as somehow taking us away from our "real" practice. Yoga practice should not conflict with our life but contribute to it.
Whatever connects us to our essence is our practice. Whatever clears our head so we can see what is important is our practice.
We define advanced practice as any practice that brings us back toward our self."
- Donna Farhi, excerpted from Bringing Yoga to Life, pp 149-150
"Gesture of the Protective Shield"
Hand Position: To take this mudra, make both hands into fists with thumbs on the outside, resting on the 2nd joint of the ring fingers. Cross your arms in front of your chest, right arm closest to the body, and place fists just under the shoulder joints on either side of the body. Relax the shoulders.
Begin by holding this mudra for 5-10 breaths, or until you have a sense of how it effects you in subtle and physical ways. You may want to take notes in your practice journal about your experience to deepen your understanding and for later reference. Practice, and notice what you notice.
Dana Wyss Healing Arts
Breathe deeply, practice often, be well.