VINYASA BLISS - Part-2:
31 DAYS of Physical Fitness, Mental Health, & Emotional Wellness
DAY 18 of #31dayyogachallenge — JANUARY 18th, 2021
✨ Garland Pose ✨ (Malasana)
We live in a society that is jam-packed with sensory stimuli.
People in the modern world are engaged in physical or mental activity all the time.
I suspect that I am like most people. When I wake up in the morning, I am searching for food, liquid, objects, substances, sensations, or activities that will activate or disengage my senses.
It can be coffee to smell and drink, food to taste and eat, central heat or air conditioning to feel, or electronic devices to hear and watch.
Electronic devices, media communications, and advertising propaganda are present everywhere. Contemporary “Brits” like me are “plugged” into technology for work, education, or recreational purposes.
Our culture thrives on constant information and a fast pace. I sometimes fear being left behind by the intensity and velocity of the modern social environment.
The last nine (9) months or so of having to figure out how to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic without much money, dwindling resources, and a mind overcome by cabin fever has heightened these fears.
For these reasons, I try to find time, places, and spaces that will allow me to stop, think, and be aware of what is happening with my body and in my mind.
I am dedicated to yoga because of the emotional calmness and mental clarity that comes with the practice.
Linking physical movement to the rhythm of breath is where yoga differs from other forms of exercise. Yoga creates awareness between your body and your mind. The Sanskrit word “YOGA” translates to English as the union of the body to the mind.
In England and most other modern societies, yoga is just another form of physical exercise. The practice is “marketed to the masses” by the business community to sell consumer products and promote a “wellness lifestyle.”
But the coronavirus pandemic has revealed the value of health, wellness, and physical fitness to all of us. Yoga can help us maintain physical strength, ease, and grace in our bodies for the rest of our lives.
“Like many who take up the practice, I was instantly drawn to the many physical benefits that yoga has to offer,” says Kerry Sara, a freelance writer and yoga instructor. “Yet, I was lucky that my initial introduction to yoga was a 'YIN' class. So I knew that the practice was drastically different from most other fitness regimens,” Sara continued.
Yin Yoga focuses on resting and relaxing the muscles. It stretches the connective tissues of the body and “stills” the mind. A “still” or calm mind is just as important as a healthy body. Navigating the “fast-break” pace of the modern world requires mental dexterity.
Enxhi Zyko, a web developer and tech-consultant, says - “People who live and work in contemporary society face unique economic, mental health, and physical wellness challenges.”
“To enjoy success in marketing, it is useful to have a precise sequence of processes to follow. The same thing is true of personal life,” Zyko continued. “A strategic plan is valuable, whether you are talking about social media marketing, digital promotions, or personal health and wellness," said Zyko.
In many ways, Malasana – or “Garland Pose” is a quintessential “yin” yoga pose. Garland pose releases tight muscles in the hips and the thighs. It is also helpful for muscles, joints, and tendons in the feet, ankles, and knees.
Throughout the “vinyasa” of garland pose, apply the following points:
- Find your inner thighs and focus on them as integral components of the poses.
- As you find and engage your inner thighs, soften and widen your buttocks, outer hips, and lower back.
- Draw your navel into your pine, keeping the abdomen long and wide.
Malasana (Garland Pose)
- Squat with your feet as close together as possible. Keep your heels on the floor if you can, otherwise support them on a folded mat or a blanket.
- Separate your thighs slightly wider than your torso. Lean your torso forward and fit it snugly between your thighs.
- Press your elbows against your inner knees, bringing your palms together, and resist the knees into the elbows. This will help lengthen your front torso.
- To go further, press your inner thighs against the sides of your torso. Reach your arms forward, then swing them out to the sides and notch your shins into your armpits. Press your fingertips to the floor or reach around the outside of your ankles and clasp your back heels.
- Hold the position for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then inhale and straighten the knees.