When we talk about spirit, we are referring to the subtle body – the energetic level of being. Few people these days are aware of this body, which is made up of the aura and chakras, but we all experience life through it regardless. If you want to connect to your subtle body, try ustrasana, or camel pose, preparation. This gentle, yet energizing, backbend can be an introduction to the full expression of ustrasana or a way to open up the front of your spine to prepare for other backbends. It’s also a beneficial pose by itself. As you lengthen and open your spine, you activate the seven main chakras, the energy centers that start at the base of your spine continuing to the top of your head. As these centers of energy open, you can release old patterns and create space for clarity in your subtle body.
Here at Hale Pule, we talk about asana with three designations: essence, anchor and strength. This is a simple tool to remember the intention of the pose, where your body is grounded and the muscles you engage for proper alignment. These components will support optimal energy flow and a sustainable practice throughout your life.
Ustrasana preparation from the ground up
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