Lunges feel like the pose you have to really sink in to, but it doesn't happen on the first try. It takes time, breath, and intention. Lunges are a surrender - a willingness to accept that your legs and torso will work together to keep you upright. A sinking, or surrendering deeper into the pelvis, letting those muscles relax and expand and release the tension, but in releasing the tension showing their true strength, strength without tightness, strength in relaxation, strength in knowing that your body will hold you. To truly melt into a lunge, tension needs to roll off and away, and just relax into the stretch, and let your body amaze you with how it holds you.

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Comment by Liz Lawler on April 19, 2010 at 4:37pm
Nice, lunges are really more complex than most people give them credit for. This covers the bases well.
Comment by Ann Fonfa on April 19, 2010 at 4:28pm
I just watched my 15-month old twin great-nieces do yoga poses as a part of their natural activities. It was so cool.
Comment by lorraine on April 19, 2010 at 4:24pm
Allowing for the knees to be bent and heels off the mat in downward -facing dog is welcoming to those of us who don't quite have the flexibility. I really liked the comment, "your body is the teacher!" I also like working into the lunges rather than just lunging into them and the focus on surrender and breath. Nice.
Comment by Jim on April 19, 2010 at 4:07pm
thanks=i need a good stretch. i'm heading to the mat right now!
Comment by Merrie on April 19, 2010 at 1:33pm
oh, i love doing lunges. i do relate to the soft reminder to do only what you can today. that is easy to forget and to strain to do it just like the video. breath, gentleness, and time.
Comment by Ellen Budish on April 19, 2010 at 1:26pm
Ahhh feel the stretch. Loving it.
Comment by Diane Ferraro on April 19, 2010 at 1:12pm
Root locks are happy happy with lunges!
Comment by Elizaabeth McKinley on April 19, 2010 at 12:40pm
I too stopped getting emails on day 6.
this is a nice sequence. I like the different arm variations and the talking point of brightness.
Comment by jes on April 19, 2010 at 11:09am
I loved the description at the begining. I would have liked additional description of positioning of the front knee (it looked like the knee was forward of rather than over the front foot), upper back, lower back and scapula.

In case someone is monitoring this I wanted to let you know that eveyone's may not be getting the daily emails with the link to the yoga challenge. I havnt gotten it since the 6th day.
Comment by Kalina "Kitten" McCreery on April 19, 2010 at 10:08am
Lunges are very hard for me since I have such bad knees. I think it is going to take me some time before I can get through this entire sequence. But, it is going to be wonderful to fell for the progress.

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