What do you feel when you look out from atop a high hill? Isn't it amazing, how all of the things that seem so big and overwhelming when you are near or in them, seem so small from above? This place presents as an ideal location to practice sequences that invoke feelings of introspection and intuition, such as Third Eye and Heart Mind sequences.
As you clear the channels of intuition and clarity of thought with the Third Eye Breath Body Link, you may have a sense that your contribution to this open place feels but a droplet in an ocean of air and space. Sometimes it is good to realize that most of our actions, while often impacting those closest to us powerfully, barely ripple the surface of the world as a whole. We are part of a much larger pool of energy and intellect.
Have you ever tried Side Plank on a hillside? Maintaining balance while facing downhill seems somehow easier than facing uphill. Perhaps it is the knowledge of solid ground at your back, ready to catch you sooner than if you happen to tumble downhill. If the temperature where you practice is starting to dip, cold feet can be a hindrance to this pose, so a pair of toesox might be a well-advised addition to your practice attire.
Lowering to the ground from Plank is a moment to observe the detail in the world around you. The tiny droplet of dew on a blade of grass can be seen as a reflection of yourself on this hill. Notice the beauty of it, and think of the nourishment it contains for every element of the world it resides in. When a tiny, glistening drop of moisture combines with so many others of its kind, their impact is far reaching.
The Heartmind sequence offers an opportunity to feel connected with the world around you. The Heart Opening breath body link allows a moment to give thanks for your surroundings, especially this time of year, as the scenery becomes a rolling tapestry of changing colors and textures. Here is a moment to reflect on how things can transform with great significance externally at yet at the core, remain unaltered.
Where do you find your awareness focusing when in poses such as Sunbird Lift or One-Legged Down Dog? If balance and stability are challenging in these positions, the focus is likely to be lower and centered closer to earth. However, if you feel strong and stable in the pose, what do you notice of your extended foot? What about the grounded leg, is your weight distributed along the length of your shin in the lift? Thoughts follow points of struggle. We pour energy into those areas in an effort to shore them up, but if the thoughts are unclear, uncertain or negative, the opposite effect can occur. Just as a hillside rises strong and stable despite gravity's intentions to draw such extrusions inward, so too must you stay strong with confident, patient energy.
Endurance, intuition and patience enhance your ability to last through the seasons of life. The marriage of mind and spirit allows you to feel your connection to greater things and know that you can continue to aim for the sky, even as external forces pull in myriad directions, including down. Patience, the knowledge that seasons change, perspectives change, but the core of it all remains strong.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Heather Gregory is an avid Namaste yogini and has been practicing the sequences nearly every day for nearly four years. Her favourite part of Namaste is the opportunity it affords to find her calm, collected center and carry that forward through each day. We enlisted Heather to share her #namasteNewViews as she explores the practice with our iTunes downloads, and blog about her experiences. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org