“So be wise and keep on reading the signs of my body.” — Shakira
We often ignore what our bodies are trying to tell us. Perhaps it’s time for the loo and you hold out a little longer. Maybe you’re like me, ignoring your need for sleep over many years’ time, developing an inability to rest or recharge. It could be that you need more carbs/vegetables/protein/calcium/whole foods in your life, but you’ve shut them out. Whatever it is, be honest with yourself. There are things you are ignoring right now that your body wants you to know and address.
We just finished up a weekend of Hip Openers in YTT. Saturday was particularly intense. I’m extremely open in my hips, so I was loving our two-hour sequence, which included:
- Standing Splits
- Ardha Galavasana
- Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana
- Parivrtta Utkatasana
- Baddha Konasana
- Upavistha Konasana
- and Baddha Padmasana (= love).
After Sunday’s practice — more hip action with the addition of inversions — I went home, fell face first onto my bed, and passed out. Unbeknownst to me (until this morning, that is), those poses found and set loose my bone-deep weariness and fatigue. Today I feel hungover, bowled over, and much like death warmed over.
Yoga Hips Don’t Lie
Our hips really don’t lie, do they? Now I’m beginning to realize that I have to address what’s been unleashed.
Even though I’ve made it sound wicked, and believe me it is not exactly bliss, I encourage you to get in there. Get inside your hips and excavate. Find a good sequence, a workshop, or simply a class with a focus on hip openers.
Your hips have much to tell you.
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