Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Pose of the Goddess: Deviasana

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I love the Goddess! After all, she is the divine source of our creative inspiration. The Goddess lives within all of us--men and women--as the intuitive, creative, receptive, feeling, and nurturing parts of ourselves. This is the essence of feminine energy, which we must cultivate in order to achieve balance between the masculine and feminine parts of ourselves.

Deviasana, or Goddess Pose, is a yoga posture that helps us connect to and cultivate that feminine energy.

Goddess Pose (Deviasana)

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To Practice:

  1. Begin standing with the legs wide, and the toes turned out about 45 degrees.
  2. Activate the bandhas to connect and stabilize your center. To do this, draw the pelvic floor up into the body (this is Moola Bandha) and draw the lower abdomen back toward the spine (Uddiyana Bandha).
  3. Inhale, and as you exhale bend the knees, keeping the spine straight and the bandhas engaged. Be especially careful not to arch the low back, and keep the tailbone lengthening toward the floor.
  4. Engage the hips so that the knees are drawing back and all four sides of the feet are firmly planted into the floor.
  5. Lift the arms so that the elbows are bent at a 90 degree angle, with the elbows wide and the palms facing forward.
  6. Breathe deeply and evenly, sensing the connection to Earth through the lower body, and the lift and expansion in the upper body.
  7. Connect to the qualities of the Goddess within you--the strength of your creative center combined with the softness and openness of the heart.

Ladies: Are you interested in exploring your inner Goddess? Check out my upcoming Goddess Series, which begins next Tuesday.

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Photography by Sparrow.

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