I crossed a special line last week. I am a Grandma! My yoga teachers gave me the name Padma which is the lotus flower. The lotus is the seat of the spiritual teacher and represents the possibility that every new day brings potential perfection. Lotus flowers grow in mucky dirty ponds, yet overnight push all the dirt out of their systems and are pristine every morning.
My Grandma name will be Padma. The moment I met the little nuggets (yes, twins - a boy and a girl) I could see nothing but goodness and potential greatness.
“May we hear only what is good for all. May we see only what is good for all. May we serve you, with Love, all our life. May we be used to spread Love's peace on earth.” - Upanishads translation by Eknath Eswaran
I just want these littles, and all of you, to see and hear goodness in all your lives!
~Sarah Lynn as Padma
Protect Your Wrists
Wrists can be sensitive, especially when you begin your practice. Think about it, your arm and your hand are both larger than your wrist so that decrease in size automatically puts the wrist at risk. If you hold your arm out in front of you in a, "Stop in the name of love" fashion (palm forward) do you have the strength and flexibility to make a 90 degree angle? If your body doesn't do this automatically, putting body weight on the 90 degree wrist can push it.
How do you prevent wrist pain? 1. Don't take it to a 90 degree angle. In table and plank, place your hands slightly in front of your shoulders!
2. Use more core! When placing your hand on the ground, press the ground and simultaneously pull your arms up with your torso using your belly to hold your weight instead of expecting your arms to do all the work.
3. Check your form frequently. If your arms are not so strong (or you aren't paying attention), your shoulders try to do more work by sending your elbows wide to the right and left.