By Donna Farhi
The world over popular and bestselling writer Donna Farhi strikes yoga perform past the mat into our daily lives, restoring the tradition's meant functionality as a whole, sensible philosophy for day-by-day dwelling.
Expanding upon the lessons of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the middle textual content of the yoga culture, Donna Farhi describes yoga's reworking energy as a whole existence perform, a ways past its universal relief to mere exercise session or tension administration. this is often the philosophy of yoga as a route to a deeper knowledge of self. Drawing upon her years of training with scholars, Farhi courses readers via the entire pitfalls and offers of navigating a religious perform.
Farhi's enticing and obtainable variety and extensive adventure provide very important teachings for novices and professional practitioners of yoga alike. and since her teachings of yoga philosophy expand into each nook of everyday life, this e-book is an both obtainable advisor to these looking non secular assistance with out studying the pretzel bendings of the actual perform itself. As one of many most sensible academics around the globe, Farhi's exploration of the center philosophy of yoga is destined to develop into an speedy vintage.
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Let your arms hang by your sides, with the palms facing forward if possible. If it causes too much strain to fully turn your palms forward, then turn them forward as much as possible without straining. Align your head with your spine. Slightly pull the chin in towards the neck. Move your shoulder blades slightly down and in towards the thoracic spine. Notice which muscles in your legs are more engaged. Are they the quadriceps muscles in the front of the thighs, or the hamstrings in the back of your thighs?
To pivot to the left or right? Now gently rock back and forth on your feet. Can you feel that as you put more weight on the front of your feet you are more ready to move forward, and the muscles in the back of your leg tighten? As you put more weight on the back part of your feet, do the muscles in the front of the leg tighten up and do you feel more ready to take a step back? Now find your sweet spot. That is where you have equal muscle tension in the front and backs of your legs, and there is equal pressure from your whole foot on the ground.
Later in this book we examine how we get stuck in movement patterns that no longer serve us and how these habits can lead to injuries. For now, let’s look at how to improve our movement abilities. We are typically able to perform a task better through the combination of increasing available resources and improving how the resources are being used. When we face movement challenges, if it is important enough—if the cost–benefit ratio makes learning or improving a new skill worth it—we will figure out a way to do it.
Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi