DAY 27. Read to the end for your challenge/question of the day
The half-lotus and lotus are traditional meditation postures, and ones that many people readily associate with yoga. Half-lotus requires flexibility in your hips but, with practice, it should be attainable for most people. Enhance your experience of the posture by letting your head “rise” and your spine “grow”. Visualize a lotus flower floating on water.
1. To prepare for half-lotus, lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Put your left foot on your right knee and clasp your hands behind your right thigh. Breathe out and gently pull your right knee to your body. Swap legs.
2. Sit up and bend your left leg so that your outer thigh and calf rest on the floor with your heel close to your groin. Place you right foot on your left thigh, as close as possible to your hip socket. If your right knee is off the ground, place some folded blankets or blocks underneath it for support – use as many as you need. Don’t force or twist your knee.
* If you are comfortable in half-lotus, try the full posture. From step two lift your left foot up onto your right thigh as close as possible to the right hip socket. Use blocks for support if you need to and never try to force your knees. Rest your hands on your knees, let your spine lengthen. Close your eyes if you like. Breathe steadily.
Day 27 challenge:
Don't force your knees in this pose. Do what is comfortable for you. Over time, you will notice your body becoming more flexible and allowing you to move deeper into this pose and the other poses you have been practicing this month. Take this moment to thank yourself for taking this journey. Now, let us know which lotus you did today and how it felt.
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All participants’ names will be entered in our 30 days of yoga with hipS-sister draw Oct. 1st.