Last week I wrote about carrying emotion and stress in the hips and the poses I found most useful to open the hips more. I worked those poses most days within the last week, and during class this week, I felt so much better. My pigeon wasn't as excruciating as it was earlier.
This week, I determined that I need to work on my heart, chest and shoulders more. I bellydance, and find that my chest and shoulders are tight, probably from working at a desk so much. This does not mean that I will let my hips go, though.
I mentioned in my last post that Camel is really great. I plan to work on that more and see if I am able to get down to my feet, instead of resting my hands on my lower back. We also did Dancer in class, and I found that one works my hips, my shoulders/chest, and my balance. So I plan to use that one more in my home practice. Finally, in looking through a few different chest openers, I found One-Legged King Pigeon II. I really think this one will help me with my hips, as well as my shoulders.
I'm really looking forward to adding these few poses to my practice at home. I felt like I was in a rut for so long, and now I have found something else to try. Maybe I will create some routines that I can alternate. Do one routine one day and a different one the next day.
Love and light,