What You Resist, Persists…Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend)

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Nothing worse than feeling stuck.

Stuck. Stuck. Stuck.

When I find resistance sometimes my thought is dig heels and and use brute force.

Clearly, this line of thinking doesn’t always end well.

Not surprisingly, yoga has taught that in order to move forward I need to breathe and let go.

Paschimottanasana or seated forward bend has been my best teacher in this department.

I scooch my legs back and back again to settle into my Dandasana.

Next, I envision that my hamstrings are like peanut butter spread on my mat. This way, I’m breathing into the back of my body and not straining the lower back.

Then, I inhale and exhale a few times, sending energy throughout my body and unlock my bandhas.

As I slowly hinge from my hips, I lift my chest so that my heart points forward and then I fold.

And breathe. Inhale stretch forward, breathe into my hips. Exhale and I let go. 

It was a slow process, but over time I’ve been able to let go enough that I can stretch past my feet.

You can’t muscle your way into releasing the hips or hamstrings. You have to breathe.

Seems like everything in life boils down to just that. It’s about the breathing. When you get stuck breathe in, breathe out and let go.

This is yoga. And I’m unstuck.

Namasté y’all.

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