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 Sarah B on April 22, 2010 at 12:54pm
Wish the girl kept her head straight went she leans to the side in the standing poses. She drops her head which is blocking the flow of energy from the spine to the head creating tension.
Comment by Deborah Sica on April 22, 2010 at 12:51pm
This is a wonderful series of poses. Love the strong sense of rooting to Mother Earth...especially on Earth Day.
Comment by Stephanie Skiba on April 22, 2010 at 9:10am
Love, love, love the triangle pose! It feels so good. Thank you for these videos!
Comment by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on April 22, 2010 at 7:51am
I've watched all the videos and have enjoyed reading the comments, too! Congratulations to all yoginini's that have risen to the challenge, adapted it their needs, found the sweet edge of stretching and inspired others to learn through their willingness:) Yeah, Yoga Bear!
Comment by Karin Tang on April 22, 2010 at 7:27am
Woh! we are just a day from completing the yoga challenge. What a journey, doing and writing about the poses in my blog..hope some of you visited my blog to get more info about the poses. These poses are part of my yoga teacher's hatha class routine. I always love the flow from one pose to the other. Thanks!
Comment by jes on April 22, 2010 at 7:01am
Beautiful intention!
I would have liked some additional info about positioning head, back, pelvis.... for beginners or as reminder to hold/let go of different parts. (what's new) Adding an alternate arm position for those who can't bind yet would also be helpful. Thanks
Comment by Liz Lawler on April 22, 2010 at 5:53am
Standing poses are so empowering. And they strengthen feet and ankles in surprising ways.
Comment by lorraine on April 22, 2010 at 5:09am
Indeed warriors and triangle ground us and allow us to stand strong as we meet the challenges of our lives.
Comment by Jim on April 22, 2010 at 5:05am
love the part about allowing your heart to be unshielded. these standing poses are some of my favorites.

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