Strap one on

Last night I was in hysteria from deadline hell.  I was working on a proposal at home that is due today.  Biggest one yet in my technical writing career.  My son needed me to take him to baseball practice.  My youngest daughter  needed me to help her with her economics fair (make items to sell, also due today), I had a class to teach and all I really wanted was a glass of white.   I was about to lose it.  Then decided I needed to strap one on.  Grow a set.  Take a breath.  Keep perspective.  Practice what I teach.  Yoga breathing.  So I dressed for class and proceeded out the door with my handy, dandy strap – mystified at how deep I was going to need to dig to offer anything to my students.

I had a plan.  we were going to break down Sun Salutation A and B – emphasize the breath and vinyasa in additional standing poses and tear up chaturunga – a despised pose to many.  Not me.  I love plank, chaturunga and anything core-related.  A lot of people hang up in their shoulders and elbows for this nugget of love.  Once you realize it’s a ‘whole body contraction’ (get your mind out of the gutter) you grow to love it.  Here’s how a strap can help.

Make a loop shoulder-width length and place it right above your elbows.

Next, come to plank:

Then lower.

Chaturunga, baby!

Fierce.  Predatory.  You.  I wonder what else the strap can do? 

Any pose (situation, person, job challenge, life question) that gives you a fit and makes you roll your eyes – is the one you need the most.  Now, go do some push-ups  Yogic or not!

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