This post is part of Sadhana, a 26-week exploration of each of the Namaste Yoga sequences. It’s never too late to join! All that is required is to try a new Namaste sequence each week – and don’t forget to post about your experiences to be entered in our monthly contests. Read all the Sadhana posts here or connect with others participating in Sadhana on our Facebook wall.
Have you ever experienced a yoga sequence and felt as if it were made just for you? All the mental wanderings, all the tension, everything that happened before this moment or will happen after this moment ceases to exist because this... This...THIS (!) is SO YOU! That sequence compels you to open your mind, open your heart, change your perspective!
Lord of the Fishes is one such sequence. With its twists and turns, it will allow you to improve your ability to go with the flow, shoot the rapids and be invigorated by continual change. This sequence creates happy that starts in the nucleus of every atom that comprises you and radiates out to the universe from there.
Beginning with the Lotus Link Breath Body Link feels delicate and intricate. It is a link made for gentle souls who love details. Bring your hands back into prayer and then, carry that softness forward with your heart as your arms extend to welcome everything that is coming your way! Now, get ready to float lightly down into the soul of the sequence.
When you arrive in the Crouch, place your hands at the Third Eye. A reminder of your intuition, a notation that with softness comes opening, and that opening creates space for awakening. It feels almost instinctive to roll back into Plow pose. The motion is so fluid! Feel every millimeter of your spine briefly kiss the floor before rising into this position.
You might anticipate that your chest and neck will feel crushed in the Plow Position, but when you lift from your tail and make space in your torso, you find that there is room for your chest and neck. It doesn't feel compressed, and you may even be able to inch your toes a little farther back behind your head. Roll with it!
Roll forward and change your perspective with Head to Knee Pose. Draping and stretching the upper body over the extended leg feels blissful! Inhale and lift the chest with the breath, then let everything sink back down over your leg as your hand embraces your foot. Roll back and turn everything upside down again! It's amazing how the spine experiences a forward bend in completely different ways as you move in and out of plow pose.
Sage Twist brings another angle to your perspective. The twist is an opportunity to wring out any negative thoughts and open your mind to yet another viewpoint. Your arms continue to lead you through the sequence by now wrapping around the bent leg and upper body to clasp behind your back for a very Sage variation.
Kate fuels your instinct to open all the channels of the body. "Open your chest and arms and eyes and heart," she encourages. How can you say no? In one Namaste Yoga Sequence, you have taken in the world from every conceivable angle, and every bit of it has been incredible! Who would refuse more incredible?
Soon you are in Savasana. All of your senses have been heightened, opened, enlightened. You move through each moment with grace, ease and confidence. "Feeling this new body, this new breath," Kate says. Do you feel it? More confidence, more awake, super alive! Absolutely calm. Inspired. Connected.
"Our intellect tells us we are separate. Our deepest nature knows no such thing," Kate says. Like a school of fish, all on the same path, yet experiencing their own, unique sadhana.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Heather Gregory is an avid Namaste yogini and has been practicing the sequences nearly every day for three years. We enlisted Heather to embark on Sadhana, our 26 -week journey, and blog about each sequence. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org