Barkan Method Hot Yoga Posture of the week!!!
Pigeon (Eka Pada-Kapotasana)
- From a seated position point your right knee toward the right front corner of your mat and bring your right foot forward toward the front wall as far as your hips will allow. Eventually the foot will parallel with the knee (if you are very flexible bring your foot past parallel).
- Square your hips to the floor and extend your back (left) leg straight behind you.
- Drop your elbows and head on the floor in front of you.
- Close your eyes and center your gaze at the third eye (a spot between your eyebrows). Focus on the Ujjaiya breath, long inhales and exhales. Breathe deep into the right side hip and buttocks muscles. Stay in this pose and continue to breathe deep into any blockages.
- Hold this pose for three minutes then change sides.
By closing the eyes and keeping the gaze (Dristti) on the third eye we enter into what is known as “Pratyahara”. It’s the fifth limb of Patanjali’s eight-limb path. This allows us to withdraw from the five senses and enter into the sixth sense of our inner world. Most of us are aware of the stress and tension we hold in our shoulders. We can also harbor emotional stress in our hips. So as you breathe deeply in Ujjaiya, open yourself up to whatever comes into your thoughts. What physical tension may be stopping you from advancing in a posture? Observe any traumatic experience locked in your body that may be holding you back from advancing in your life. Now we combine the physical (Hatha) with the mental (Raja) aspects of yoga, thus awakening a spiritual energy. When we integrate what we learn in our yoga practice (on the mat) into all areas of our life (off the mat) the magical journey of yoga truly begins!