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Remember the Lotus

Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower.  Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.  Suzy Kassem. The lotus flower is considered a sacred symbol.  The Lotus symbolizes purity, beauty, majesty, grace, fertility, knowledge and serenity.  The lotus will fluorish in murky waters, pushing through mud and mire.  The petals break through and reach toward the sun, while the leaves stay afloat as they shine in the light.

Symbolically, lotus petals can be found in the chakra symbols.  Each chakra has a specific number of petals, representing ascending vibrational frequencies.  The state of enlightenment is represented by the thousand-petal lotus.

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Go-GO YOGA! (Week 3)

Can I say . . . Bwahahahahaha HAHAHA!

This week at No Excuses!  Absolute Beginner's Yoga was quite an adventure!

I found out a few things about myself:
  • I'm not very strong
  • I'm not very balanced
  • I really enjoy the corpse pose

Leggings featuring Original Artwork from Willow's Cabin!
We learned more new poses this week.  The ones that challenged me the most involved upper body strength and balance.  The cobra and upward dog both proved to me that I really should work on my upper body strength.  I couldn't even lift my upper body with my arms!  Sheesh!  My arms are like wet noodles!  Thank goodness the instructor showed us modified poses using a bolster pillow, or I would never have made it off the yoga mat!

We also worked on balance . . . standing on one leg (tree pose).  I sure am glad the wall was there!  I laughed out loud at myself more than once!  And I wasn't the only one . . . I heard a few others snickering as we all tried to balance ourselves.  It's refreshing to be around others who aren't afraid to laugh out loud as we try to regain the balance and strength we all had as children!

It really has helped being in a class with other beginners.  If I hadn't taken this class first, I'd probably have died of embarrassment surrounded by Yoginis who know what they are doing!  : )

I have to admit, I was quite impressed with the flexibility my instructor exhibited when she demonstrated the Bow (as in bow and arrow) pose.  Yes, it is exactly like it sounds.  As usual, she demonstrated the modified pose for those of us who just can't quite make it there!  This particular pose uses a yoga strap (looks like a really long belt made of cotton).  It's a good thing I could wrap the strap around my foot to bring it into position or I wouldn't have made it!

This class was definitely an affirmation that I truly need to be practicing Yoga!

If you'd like to read more about some of the poses we learned this week, visit:

Feeling affirmed!


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