100 Days of Yoga, Day 2

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August 21, 2012 by blogmasterjdeam

“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.” 
― Henri J.M. Nouwen

 Compassion

Dear All,

The overall plan today is to deepen into compassion.  When you get right down to it, you can’t give what you don’t have.  In other words, if you don’t have compassion for yourself, how can you authentically share it with another being?  Today, and I hope for the rest of my life, I will practice compassion on myself, as well as every being I encounter.

Asana:  Today has to be a Restorative day.  M & I will do: Child’s pose; Legs up the wall; Reclined big toe pose; Supported Bridge pose; Reclined Twist and end with a longer Corpse pose.

How To Do the Child’s Pose

Yoga: Reclining Big Toe Pose —powered by eHow.com

Yoga Supported Bridge Pose —powered by eHow.com

Pranayama: alternate nose breath.

If you’d like to follow along, all of the above poses and breath exercises can be found on YouTube.Com.

Restorative yoga begs for props.  We’ll be grabbing some pillows and blocks, and making ourselves comfortable.

Yours in compassion, Chris

 

Two mantras to live by

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