The sun is shinning in Edinburgh and the effects can be seen in everyones faces today. After a long Winter it really feels like we are coming in to Spring now.
The sun has been celebrated throughout the ages for its healing and life giving properties. All life needs the sun, and so it is no suprise that it makes us all happy to feel it warming our faces and our backs again.
Throughout the Winter I have been practicing the yogic sun salutes series. In this dynamic series of postures the qualities of the sun are built up inside. The sun we are saluting is not only the sun that is now shinning in Edinburgh but the light energy and warmth that we create in our own bodies in the pratice. We are stoking our internal fires, recognising our own strength, inner power and ability to heal oursleves.
Hope you are enjoying the suns warmth where you are today.
Recently I have been inspired by Gaudasana, the eagle pose. This asana is really good for focus as it is pretty much impossible to think of anything else at the same time as doing it without falling over. It is one of my favorite postures as I love the sense of taking off and opening when I come out of it. I have also been obsessed with birds and flight in my art work for the last while and so it brings out my imagination and sense of play in yoga. Garuda is the steed of the Hindu God Vishnu and the mythic 'king of the birds'. I recently also found out that Garuda can also be translated as 'devourer' and this refers to the all consuming fire of the suns rays (which eagles soar towards and also the fire or agni that burns within ourselves). This works really well for me as this posture demands the mind to be devoured by it, directed inwards, single pointed in its vision. Have you got a posture that you are observed with?
I am starting a new yoga class at KBC Pilates on London rd, Edinburgh next week! It will be on Wednesdays from 8 till 9pm, so you will have chance for tea to settle before coming along. The class will be for beginners and total beginners. I am looking forwards to introducing people to yoga for the first time.
Kristina is a Yoga teacher and artist who lives in Braunton, North Devon with her husband, two children and a cat.