April 4, 2015: I awoke last night at 3am. It took me a couple of minutes to realize why: a full lunar eclipse had begun. The advice from my dear friend Jory came up in dealing with jet lag, “just get up and do your practice!” And, so I did. Recently, I have been starting my pranayama practice in supta baddha konasana which helps open the pelvic diaphragm. So, laying in supta baddha konasana, I did full Viloma breaths pausing in thirds on the inhalation and the exhalation breath. I began to have a natural longer pause, not quite a kumbhaka (retention), after the exhalation and I went with it. From there, I sat and did full ujjayi breaths 1:1, meaning one ujjayi breath and one unconditioned breath. Then, I just sat. Finally, flat savasana for a couple of minutes from which a yawn and sleepiness re-emerged. But, first I went out into my yard to view the moon again. It was fully eclipsed and rather than appearing black, there was a red-brown smoke across the face of the moon. The stars that were out seemed brighter with the moon dimmed. Peace, Peace, Peace, I felt.
Earth, earth, fire
The unborn is released
Her chamber cleansed
She rests and waits
Supta Baddha Konasana (reclining bound angle) is a powerful “antidote” pose which helps alleviate any condition in the pelvic area. When taken with the support of a bolster, it also opens the chest and helps with lung conditions, and anxiety and depression. There are several ways to support the legs so you don't have to actively keep them in place. Simplest is to place your toes at a wall, or place a looped belt around your lower back and feet binding them together. If you are tight in the hips, make sure to take support underneath your thighs so your legs have permission to release. If you don't have a bolster yet (a great investment you won't regret if you are a regular home practioner!) just roll some blankets together and make one. Be sure to take some height under your head so your neck can release and your forehead is slightly tilted down towards your chest, aiding your brain in slowing down.
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