During our recent weekend of teacher training while we were working with this pose, Christa gave a postural cue to help bring us into better alignment. She encouraged us that “the heart comes through the hands.” I was immediately moved by how meaningful this cue is and on how many levels it works. In the asana, this means we use our strength, flexibility and breath to straighten and push our arms in such a way that we bring our torso further forward, moving the chest in through the arm space. In Urdhva Dhanurasana our world appears upside down and it takes a moment to figure out how to make this movement happen. But once it does happen, we move beyond a part of ourselves, yet more deeply into ourselves. We propel ourselves into a deeper embodiment of the posture, and perhaps into a deeper embodiment of yoga.
Jala Yoga’s mission is to inspire people to live more balanced, socially aware lives, and to find personal strength, physically, mentally and spiritually. In sharing the teachings of yoga, we aspire to create a safe community in which people of all backgrounds, gender affiliations, ages, and sizes can feel supported in their exploration of the practice. We strive to be awake and aware, living a courageously heart-centered life, and encouraging others to do the same.