Yoga Challenge Day 11: Standing Poses & Triangle Pose

A cancer diagnosis, whether for yourself or a loved one, is a repudiation of feeling safe. The standing pose visual imagery of using our legs to root us into the ground, standing tall in the face of adversity and chaos, is such a simple and beautiful image. It makes the legs feel sturdier, the feet more alive and connected to the earth, and the top of the head reach for the sky. It's all with a few simple words that these feelings are activated, and reminds me of how powerful our words can be. How are we using our words today? Will we choose our words with care and compassion, or will we protect ourselves with sarcasm? Will we take the time to look people in the eye, and try to make connections with them, or will we keep our heads down and pass without ever knowing each other?

Try an intention, just for today: Today I will greet those who greet me with love and compassion. I will try to see them for who they are - someone's mother, lover, husband, friend. I will choose my words with kindness and respect. I will treat others as I would be treated. See if anything changes in how you connect with the world and the people in it. If it works for you one day, try it again the next day. Small changes in your intentions can lead to large changes in your soul.

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Comment by Kate L on April 25, 2010 at 4:58am
Hi everyone, and thank you so much for all your thoughts, comments, suggestions and encouragement. Denise (the instructor) and I put alot of thought and consideration into which poses we would include and I'm so glad that they were helpful! The poses are all on you tube in the chapters, and Halle and I had discussed posting these all on yogabear's site as well - Additionally, the video is available in its entirety at, or on amazon. However, if you were a frequent commenter, I am happy to send a video to anyone who participated in our little community, so just email me your address at and I'll pop one in the mail to you! Finally, if you want to sell the video as a fundraiser, we are working on a program to do so, and also if you have a hospital or cancer center you think could benefit from the video by sharing with their clients, send me the center name and contact to mail it to and we'll get one donated in your name. Basically, we want to spread the word on the benefits of yoga in the fight against cancer and are looking for your ideas and suggestions to help us spread that word! Thanks again for your comments, I'll miss all of you!
Comment by Diane Ferraro on April 23, 2010 at 8:42am
Ah, the power of standing right where you are. Whew.
Comment by Janice Rohwedder on April 22, 2010 at 10:17pm
Put my vote in for all poses and intentions on 1 page also. Would be helpful in setting up a routine for myself.
Comment by Janice Rohwedder on April 22, 2010 at 10:11pm
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I have so enjoyed these videos. The demonstrations have been so very helpful. I am loving it.
Comment by Aracely Cueva on April 22, 2010 at 7:46pm
I agree with the other comments. How empowering. It is so true that a cancer diagnosis is a "repudiation of feeling safe". Thank you for those words. I have been looking for them for a long time in order to describe the lack of safety I often feel. Yoga helps me take back my power. Thank you so much!
Comment by Kalina "Kitten" McCreery on April 22, 2010 at 6:55pm
What a wonderful way to reground myself. Thank you!!
Comment by Katheryn Harlan on April 22, 2010 at 4:55pm
Beautifully done poses. The extended warrior is great for those w/ lymphadema who cannot extend their arms over head. Again, these poses are both very empowering, something we as survivors need!
I too would like all poses & intentions on 1 page. I've been taking notes to share w/ my classes.
Comment by Trish Martin on April 22, 2010 at 3:46pm
Really like the cue to wrap arm around to thigh or hip crease which helps with up shoulder and lifting chest. Lovely flow.
Comment by Ellen Budish on April 22, 2010 at 3:07pm
I like the intention of the day idea. I always take a minute in the shower for yoga breathing and positive thoughts to start my day. The poses for today were perfect! Will all the poses be available on one page? Or are they already? Thank you.
Comment by Merrie on April 22, 2010 at 1:21pm
i like to keep the intention of making every triangle pose new...each day is new and different, never before. so each pose should be as fresh and new.
somedays this is easier then others.

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