Recently I was invited to write for The Limestone Post Magazine, a local online magazine celebrating Bloomington, Indiana and the surrounding area. As any of my friends can tell you, I am in love with Btown and all it has to offer. Often taken for granted by life-long residents, and not as well-known outside of the mid-west (unless you follow basketball), Bloomington is a hotbed of intellect, music, art, culture, cuisine and comedy. To my friends back in Denver who asked why in the world I would move away, I described my town as a little less weird than Boulder, CO and without mountains. But honestly, without a doubt, this is where the deepest part of my heart resides. Limestone Post gives me an opportunity to share my thoughts and views on the things I love most and introduces me to other perspectives about this place called home. Click on the photo above to read my first article.
This week, my pal Ellie Bernstein and I are hosting a little Instagram challenge #GetYourHanumanOn as we prepare to travel to Boulder for my favorite yoga festival, Hanuman Festival! Hanumanasana, or squared hip splits is a big posture that can be very challenging! This asana necessarily requires patient opening of the hips, hamstrings as well as the quadriceps. It encourages us to cultivate a burning desire to work towards a long-term goal of a pose that may never show up in our bodies. It demands that we check our ego at the door, so we can avoid pushing too far, too fast. Working towards Hanumanasana just might help us open the back line of fascia that often tightens causing problems up the back chain of our bodies. It could help open our hip flexors that tighten due to our desk jobs and sedetary lifestyles. Finally, it teaches us that if we have faith in the work, reaching the asana will simply be icing on the cake.
The above sequence can be done anywhere, anytime. Once in Parsvottanasana, you can step back into Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) or forward into Uttanasana (forward fold). It can even be added onto your Sun Salutations to make a mini flow!
“Do not burn yourself out. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains, bag the peaks. Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: You will outlive the bastards.”