19 Jan PLAYING WITH DRAGONS
“Whether the dragon is fierce mythological creature, a yoga posture, or a recurring thought in your mind – to play with dragons, is to let go of your expectations. Disappointment is otherwise very likely to occur. With practice, dragons might change form; lose some of their stubbornness, getting easier to handle. Patience is key – they could fight back.”
Two types of Dragons wander the workshop’s playground. The first being the physical Dragons – a yin yoga posture for opening the hip area. The second being the mental Dragons – recurring thoughts, opinions, convictions we carry with us and influence not only our yoga practice, but pretty much any aspect in our lives. There are many variations of yin yoga’s Dragon pose, each variation having its own merits. The workshop will guide you through a long yin practice, visiting a variety of Dragon poses, while observing our more obvious and less obvious mental Dragons.
How can you prepare for the workshop?
1. Do a yin yoga class. While the workshop is accessible to newcomers, you’ll probably get more out of the workshop if it’s not your very first time practicing yin yoga.
2. Practice planking. In the Dragon pose you carry quite some weight with your arms. To be able to support yourself for a longer time, you can already start to strengthen your upper body by doing some planking exercises daily:
From a push up position, you can keep your knees on the floor: moving your knees away from your center or placing forearms on the floor instead of hands.
Try to not sink into the shoulders (keep shoulder blades wide, shoulders away from your ears).
Hold it for 1-5 minutes.
3. Any yoga practice with vinyasa movement will be great too. Think of sun salutations, vinyasa flow, ashtanga. Not only to support yourself in Dragon, but also to follow the Flying Dragon sequence which is an active (yang) flow.
To play with dragons, is to let go of your expectations. Disappointment is otherwise very likely to occur. With practice, dragons might change form; lose some of their stubbornness, getting easier to handle. Patience is the key – they could fight back.
Join us for a playful practice on opening the hips on January 29!
Link to workshop: http://yogafeststudio.com/teacher/playing-with-dragons/
By Lennart Keijser