Many of you who know me, or have have practiced with me, know that I LOVE TO BE UPSIDE DOWN! Practicing inversions is such a powerful part of your practice, and their benefits (emotional, physical, energetic) are incredible. So when I got to the mat this morning, Headstand was just the thing for me.
As I flowed through the beginning of my practice, I found a lot of release in Downward Facing Dog. Pressing my heels to the ground, one at a time, I could feel every fiber opening and awakening from my ankles to my hips. (Note: if you’re not ready for a Headstand, Downward Facing Dog can give you many similar benefits – blood flow to the head, improved circulation, etc.). A few Sun Salutations, backbends, hip openers, then I was up! Ahhhhh….I love being upside down!
When I came back to the ground, I remembered that when I came to my mat I was already thinking about Om Mani Padme Hum – the mantra of loving-kindness, compassion and divine energy. That’s where I went in meditation – reciting this beautiful mantra over and over, in the hopes of sending some loving-kindness to the world.