Straddling the Cosmos
I am back with a fresh Lotus Flow (see video below). This one incorporates a bunch of straddles, where Upavistha meets Prasarita, peppered with springy lifts and shifts!
To call on our own ability to lift, fly, and feel free, let's shape the Shiva/Shakti mudra. Place one hand facing up and the other hand in a thumb's up at your navel or nabi center. This ignites and sparks your boundless creative power! You might even have Shiva and Shakti vibrating on your lips in these sacred moments as well.
This Lotus Flow dances with open arms, straddle legs, some springy jumps, and a loose vinyasa flow in the midst, so that you can always feel the freedom to move like your amazing Self! We will also be exploring different ways of moving in and out of Pinchamayurasana, or Forearm Balance, from Downward-Facing Dog, and then include the straddles.
When you're jumping, call on the Shiva/Shakti mudra and fire up your belly and you'll feel plenty of support and lift as you move and shape shift through the Lotus Flow. Bring the call of your breath with you as the ultimate guide and friend, and notice how the exhalation becomes an incredible parachute as you're practicing those springy lifts in the air!
Here's a Lotus Flow playlist to inspire your groove:
The Healer, Erykah Badu
Pari-Madras, Rene Aubry
Patience, Nas & Damian Marley
Wild is the Wind, David Bowie
I Feel Awake Even Though This is a Dream, Suphala featuring Edie Brickell, Sita Ram, Bhagavan Das
Oftentimes, energetically I slide on my Wonder Woman UndeRoos and tap into that cosmic shazam she seemed to embody so fully.
Friends ~ give it a whirl, have fun, and straddle the cosmos!!
Yours in Devotion,
Dana Trixie Flynn is the director of Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC and is Co-Creator of Lotus Flow Yoga. She is forever the student of life's boundless teachings and shares her raw and personal creative expression with great love all over the world.