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Spooky Yoga Postures on Halloween

Hello creepy people who is interest in scary yoga poses for Halloween 🎃

I am not going to lie the first time I ever hear or read about yoga postures for Halloween I thought it can not be real , but at the same time I was curious like you to see what is this about.

It is a great topic to use if you are teaching yoga for kids but also is a great idea to give a fun turn to any of your regular yoga classes and allow yourself as you can allow your students (if you are a yoga teacher) to do not care about what people think.

Why is that?

Well.. I think we can use this theme as an excuse to practice those awkward postures or pranayama (breathing exercises) that we will never do in public because we are to worry   about what the other might think if they see me doing this. Or you can feel silly when you do it 

Here is some examples of what I am talking about.

Yoga postures to have fun trying on Halloween

Get into your comfy clothes and yoga mat

Maybe some zombie make up 😉 and let’s begin

Also known as the cat & crow pose we usually do as part of a spinal warm up before the practice of the more challenges asanas. It has great benefits!

Try to synchronise each movement, each breathing. On your neutral table pose; as you inhale lift your tailbone and you chess, looking up producing an arch on your spine; as you exhale tuck your tailbone rush the floor look into your own belly rounding the spine.

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Benefits:

  • Improves the flexibility in your spine and back muscles.
  • Stimulate and massage the internal organs of your belly.
  • Is a great practice to relieves the the menstrual cramps and the uncomfortable pain this can bring.

If you have knees problems you can imitate the same movement seating on a pillows or on a chair .

 

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Preparatory postures:

  • Bakasana (crow pose)
  • Baddha konasana (bound angle pose)

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the arms and wrists
  • Tones the belly
  • Improves sense of balance

 

Are you ready to get rare?

This is a pose that can make you feel uncomfortable to practice if it is your first time.

The name comes from the Sanskrit words simha meaning “lion”, and asana (āsana) meaning “posture”.

The asana resembles a seated lion, hence the name Simha (lion in Sanskrit) asana. The practitioner’s facial expressions are modified to resemble a lion.

Following the kneeling position from the image below, press your palms firmly against your knees and take a deep inhalation through the nose. Then simultaneously open your mouth wide and stretch your tongue out, curling its tip down toward the chin, open your eyes wide, contract the muscles on the front of your throat, and exhale the breath slowly out through your mouth with a distinct “ha” sound. The breath should pass over the back of the throat.

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Simhasana is a good pose to use to “clear the air,” so to speak, at or near the beginning of an asana or pranayama practice. So almost any pose would be appropriate to practice next

Preparatory postures:

  • Dandasana (seating position with extended legs)
  • Sukhasana  (seating cross legs position)

Benefits:

  • Relieves tension in the chest and face.
  • Reduce anxiety and stress with calming effects after the practice 
  • According to traditional texts, Simhasana destroys disease and facilitates the three major bandhas (Mula, Jalandhara, Uddiyana).

If you are not familiar with the terms the explanations of the bandas is extended so I promise to do it another post.   

Kapalbahati Pranayama (front brain cleansing breath) 

Kapal: meaning cranium/skull

Bhati: meaning light-perception or knowledge.

This pranayama invigorates the entire brain and the centres responsable for subtler perception and insight. 

Sit in a comfortable position, spine straight, you can sit on a pillow and place  your hand on you knees. it can be better to practice with your eyes close to avoid distractions.

Kapalbahati only use forced exhalation, reducing the thoracic volume in exhalation while inhalation remains restful. Commence this pranayama by forcing the breath out by puling the abdominal muscles in, allow the inhalation to occur spontaneously. Practice fifty kapalbahati breath. Perform both inhalation and exhalation trough the nostril; practice to the speed of about one breath per second. After the last expulsion of air, inhale fully, then exhale fully and hold the breath out for 5 sec.

Rest a short period of time before the next round. You can practice up the 10 rounds

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Some of the benefits is to purifies the whole body by accelerating the alveolar air, stimulating the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide with can provide a total effect of cleansing and increasing metabolism throughout the body. Also helps to release tensions. Is a useful practice for the suffers of asthma, bronchitis and tuberculosis.

Contraindications: should not be practiced by people suffering high blood pressure, vertigo or hernia.

 


These are just a few I suggest to practice on Halloween so you can get out of your regular yoga routine and give your self permission to  try different yoga postures that might not look as pretty as other ones.

Don’t care about what others might think! Have fun, sometimes we take yoga in an extremely serious way. Explore new movements!

Your limits in this practice would be to listen to your body and practice with awareness where safety always goes  first.

Do not hesitate to consult a professional yoga instructor if you do not know how to get into the posture.

Thank you for stoping by 

Renée

October’s Full Moon 2018

As I mention in another post I am incredibly curious about the moon and it affects our states of mind and emotions. I truly believe the moon has an incredible power on us living beings.

So if you are curious about the moon as me you are in the right place

First I would like to share here are some interesting facts about October’s full moon:

“Is commonly called the Hunter’s Moon, harkening back to European and Native American traditions where hunters would use the light of the full moon to track down their prey and stock up for the coming winter.

Contrary to popular belief, the Hunter’s Moon isn’t actually bigger or brighter than usual. It simply rises earlier, soon after sunset, which would give hunters plenty of bright moonlight to hunt by during the early evenings. To Neo Pagans, however, the Hunter’s Moon is known by a far more morbid name – the Blood Moon.

Humans through the ages have always found autumn’s full moons to be creepy, and not without good reason. There’s a reason why English folks in the Middle Ages called October’s full moon the Blood Moon, and it’s the exact same reason why even Halloween imagery today often features a large, low-hanging moon with an eerie reddish glow. The Hunter’s Moon rises early in the evening, which means that you are more likely to see it near the horizon.

Exactly today October 24, 2018 you will see the moon rising at 9:45am PDT

12:45pm EDT and 16:45 UT

When you observe the moon while it’s near the horizon, it gives off the illusion of being bigger while it’s in fact the same size. In addition, observing the moon at the horizon makes it look redder. This is because you’re seeing it through a thicker atmosphere, which scatters more blue light and lets more red light pass through to reach your eyes”.

Going back to the yoga approach of this topic, scientific explanations aside, the Hunter’s Moon or Blood Moon still holds an undeniable aura of mystique and power.

You must have heard about the Surya namaskar or Sun Salutation, but not many people know about the other side of it:

Chandra Namaskar or the Moon Salutation.

Is a sequence which reveres and honours the energy of the moon.

The name is derived from the Sanskrit, chandra, meaning “moon,” and “namaskara,” meaning “salutation.” Although they are less well known than the  practice, they complement it perfectly, as they embrace the opposite, interconnected energy. 

While surya namaskar’s 12 postures, chandra namaskar has 14 positions correlating to the lunar phases. The moon salutation has the opposite effect on your body than the surya salutation; it is meant to calm your body, preparing you for a long and restful night’s sleep.

Chandra Namaskara is considered more yin in nature than the intrinsically yang Surya Namaskara. As such, Chandra Namaskar  is a more cooling, meditative sequence of postures, which is ideally to be practiced in the evening. 

The sequence of asanas for Chandra Namaskara has many variations, but will often involve moving to the right and left, and facing the long edge of the mat.  Side stretches and circular movements of the sequence can be considered to represent the phases of the moon as it waxes and wanes.

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In practicing Chandra Namaskara, it is helpful to take the focus inward and to reflect on the meaning and significance of the moon and its energy for earth and oneself. . The practice can then be one of gratitude for the moon and all it offers.

Is recommended to have pen and paper close by so you can journal any thoughts or ideas that might present during your practice.

Chandra Namaskar practice is also beneficial for:

  • Strengthening all major muscle groups
  • Improving flexibility
  • Calming the mind
  • Grounding and focusing the body and mind

Practicing Chandra Namaskara is probably a relatively recent yogic practice, perhaps dating to the late 20th century, but practices of worshipping the moon are undoubtedly ancient. The moon was traditionally regarded in certain yogic texts as the source of immortality

From the Tarot perspective today Full Moon is in Taurus:

Time to release to make peace

I am not going to dive deep into it because I am a beginner in this aspect if you wan to know more about it there is tons of information online and books as well.

Hope the information helps, go and get your comfy clothes and start including this into your own practice, if you are not doing it already. 

Until next time, 

Renée

“One thing is for sure, a transformation is happening so surrender yourself to the flow of change that is taking you to the next level of growth for you. This Taurus Full Moon has us releasing excess emotions to make room for more peace”

Britney Carmichael.