Stand and Deliver
New Year's Salutation
May you have a nice, slow start to a good New Year with our Stand and Deliver Salutation. Find your own rhythm with this sequence as you flow from asana to asana within the salutation. Hold each pose for our recommended number of breaths, or more importantly, follow your own comfortable capacity for the strength, stamina, alignment, and attention required by each part of the salutation.
There is a bit of an upper body challenge offered in this sequence along with plenty of lengthening movements to release and balance the long muscle groups of the body. As we always suggest, let your breath be what guides you to deliver a new awareness as you practice this salute to a new year.
Sitting on cushion,
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Spirit of DOG
And All the Things I Have Learned
by Tracey Rich
If you are not a dog person, we know what you think of us anthropomorphizing our pets. We get it. We know how it looks, but, you love who you love. Still, if you are not a dog person, you may want to stop reading here. One thing I do know is that there is never too much love in the world. There is never too much kindness. You can never laugh too much or smile too much, and that keeping your heart open, no matter what inspires that, is a gift.
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