“Keep Me In Your Heart”
“Keep Me In Your Heart”
Today you might feel a little under the weather due to physical and emotional stress over the past few days. Take it easy today if you can. This isn’t the day to be too busy or start new projects. Miscommunication could cause an upset or two, Taurus, so try to maintain your cool. Don’t make mountains out of molehills. Nothing will come up that can’t be handled.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Vat Savitri Vrata
Savitri-Vrata is observed by Hindu women in honor of the legendary princess Savitri. She loved her husband, Satyavan, so much that she refused to leave him when he died, eventually persuading Yama, King of Death, to give him back. Women whose husbands are alive spend the day fasting and praying, anointing their husbands’ foreheads with sandalwood paste, and showering them with gifts. Women whose husbands have died beg to be delivered from widowhood in a future existence. The vrata, or vow, is a ritual practice observed by Hindu women to obtain their wish. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Otto Loewi (1873)
Loewi was a German-born American physiologist and pharmacologist. A professor of pharmacology at Austria’s University of Graz, he was forced into exile by the Nazi purge of professors in 1938 and began teaching at New York University in 1940. He investigated the physiology and pharmacology of metabolism, the kidneys, the heart, and the nervous system. For his discovery of the chemical transmission of nerve impulses, he shared the 1936 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with whom? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
This Day in History:
Valerie Solanas Attempts to Assassinate Andy Warhol (1968)
In the mid-1960s, American pop-art icon Andy Warhol began to devote much of his time and energy to filmmaking, producing marathon essays on boredom and voyeurism. In 1968, he was shot and wounded by Valerie Solanas, a feminist writer who had appeared in one of his films. Warhol never fully recovered from the shooting and died from complications following surgery in 1987. Warhol’s shooting was mostly overshadowed in the media at the time due to the assassination of what figure a few days later? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Quote of the Day:
Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith, faith and freedom. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Article of the Day:
The Fourth Crusade
Launched by Pope Innocent III in 1202, the Fourth Crusade was originally intended to conquer Muslim-controlled Jerusalem by means of an invasion through Egypt. Instead, the crusaders were persuaded to help Alexius IV Angelus help his father regain the Byzantine throne, in exchange for money and aid on their mission. Realizing the promise would not be kept, the crusaders ruthlessly sacked the Byzantine capital, Constantinople, for three days. Did they ever make it to Palestine? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Idiom of the Day:
Having auditory hallucinations. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Word of the Day:
Definition: (adjective) Too numerous to be counted.
Synonyms: innumerable, myriad, numberless, uncounted, unnumbered, countless, infinite
Usage: Here, along the lines of multitudinous houses, up one street and down another, he wondered which of them might be occupied by her.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
This is a guest post by Andrea Ridgeway.
During the course of our lives many, if not all of us, will experience back pain.
There are numerous kinds of pain in the back resulting from spinal injury, sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time, bending over while picking up heavy objects without proper knee support, etc.
While yoga and correct posture are helpful prevention aids, when the body is injured or in pain, the following series of yoga postures will aid in relief of back pain.
I learned the Vajrasan Series as part of my Yoga Therapy course at Yoga Point in Nasik, India under the instruction of Vishwas Mandlik.
He developed the program in correlation with his Yoga Sopan course.
I have found the following series, and variations, to be especially beneficial for those suffering from back pain.
Vajrasan is basically a kneeling pose with hands on the knees and elbows bent.
While kneeling, close your eyes and focus on feeling and relaxing in turn:
If you notice any lingering spots of tension, take a moment to focus on those spots.
(Feel free to make any slight adjustments to your posture to allow the parts of your body to relax. Example, when trying to relax the hips, you may find it helps to lean slightly forwards or slightly back.)
Relax your mind.
Gradually deepen your breath, and imagine a particular ailment being healed during the series.
(If you have trouble breathing try this exercise while kneeling.)
Januhastasan is a variation of the kneeling position but with hands on the floor just in front of the knees, with elbows straight.
While continuing to kneel, place your hands on the ground directly in front of your knees and straighten your elbows.
Use your arms and shoulders to help lift your chest.
Keep the chest lifted and gradually push your abdomen down towards your thighs so that your pelvis tilts forwards and your lumbar spine bends backwards.
Gradually lengthen your neck (try pulling your ears away from your shoulders) and then slowly tilt your head back to a comfortable position while keeping the body and breath in a relaxed state.
In this position (januhastasan) the entire spine is bent backwards while the hip joints are bent forwards.
Hastashirasan is another kneeling variation but with elbows on the floor in front of the knees with the hands cupping the chin
From Januhastasan, bend your elbows (one at a time is fine) and lower them to the ground. Bring your hands upwards and place your chin on both palms with your finger tips touching your cheek bones or ears.
You can separate your elbows shoulder width apart or try to move them together. Friction your elbows back slightly against the floor so that your shoulders move forwards.
Use this action to help elongate your back.
Try drawing your ribs away from your pelvis and gradually make your spine feel long.
Move your elbows forwards or back as you need to.
In this posture the spine (except possible the neck) is reasonably straight with the hip joints bent forwards.
Ekpad Sahajahasta Bhujangasan is a transitional pose between the above kneeling postures and the following cobra posture.
Keep the elbows on the mat and your chin cupped in your hands.
Slowly extend your left leg backward with the toes backward.
Rest comfortably in the position.
In this position the front of one hip is being stretched with the spine slightly bent backwards.
Sahajahasta Bhujangasan is a laying down/prone yoga pose with the head lifted and chin supported on the the hands which in turn are propped up by the elbows.
From Ekpad Sahajahasta Bhujangasan, slowly extend the right leg backwards so that both legs now reach back.
Keep the chin on the hands.
Close your eyes and rest comfortably in hand to chin cobra pose. Allow your lumbar spine (and lower thoracic spine) to bend backwards and let the bottom front of your ribcage sink down and touch your mat. Then let your waist relax so that it too sinks into the mat. Relax your lumbar spine so that it feels comfortable. Let your thighs and knees sink down also.
Rest comfortably in the position.
Makarasan is a prone resting pose with chin or forehead resting on the hands and legs spread and rotated outwards.
Bring your hands to the mat, placing one hand on top of the other, palms down, with elbows on the mat pointed outwards, 90 degrees away from the body.
Rest your chin or forehead on the top of your hands.
Widen your legs, allowing your knees and feet to open outwards so that the inner edges of the feet are on the floor, with heels inwards and toes outwards.
Slowly come out of crocodile pose and move back into “chin on the hands” cobra pose.
Position the legs so that they are parallel with the knees pointing down and the toes pointing back.
Move your elbows towards each other and lift the hands off of the mat, placing your chin on your hands.
Again, relax your waist, thighs, and knees so that they touch the mat.
With elbows still on the mat and the palms of the hands sit cupping the chin; slowly bring your left leg forwards, bending the knee and bringing it under the torso.
Rest comfortably in the position.
From ekpad sahajahasta bhujangasan bring the right knee forwards so that both knees are bent and you are kneeling again.
Rest comfortably with bent knees and your chin resting in the palms of your hands with elbows on the mat.
Keeping the back straight and long, take long, deep breaths.
Place your hands on the floor in front of your knees.
Slowly straighten your elbows.
Bend your lumbar and thoracic spine backwards so that your abdomen pushes down towards your thighs while at the same time your chest lifts and opens.
Lengthen your neck and then slowly tilt your head back to a comfortable position
Return to thunderbolt pose by placing hands on the knees with elbows bent while relaxing the face, neck, and body.
While in Sahajahasta Bhujangasana/Cobra Pose, you can adjust your arms in the following ways to help target specific points in the back.
Andrea Ridgway is the director of The Healing Tree which specializes in holistic health aimed at healing spirit, soul, and body through natural non-invasive methods.
Her services are designed to help you understand your bodies individual needs and caringly address mental, emotional and physical stress or imbalance.
She is an Usui and Karuna Reiki Master certified in Ayurvedic Massage and Nutrition and is also Yoga Alliance certified Yoga/Yoga Therapy Instructor.