Also, I was soooo excited to see that one of Ashleigh Sergeant’s new videos was finally uploaded on Gaia.com:
However, it contained a couple of inversions, like Headstand, which is not a wise pose for someone with cervical instability. I figured, “I don’t want to miss her amazing cues for the other poses, so I’ll practice up to the inversions, then modify.”
Within the practice we found so much space in our lower and upper ribs, extending, extending, and then through the neck. Instead of Headstand, I modified with Dolphin Pose, and I did a little Half Shoulderstand, which I don’t always do.
My boyfriend was nearby and said, “Be careful!!!!!!!!!!!”
The practice ended with a seated meditation, and I had never felt so “Lifted”… which I then realized why the title of the practice was named so.
Hours later into the evening, I felt a crunching coming back down into my neck and upper back, and a little funky nerve pain. Dare I complain out loud? No. Instead, I took the lengthening tools she conveyed in the beginning of the practice, applied them, and the pain went away.
The next morning while explaining this to one of my teachers she replied, “Ohhhhh. We have a term for that in Svaroopa Yoga. We call that “relapse.” It’s where your body starts to curl back into the way it was initially. Rama Berch (the founder of Svaroopa) gives the antidote to relapse: “Do More Yoga.” So you actually did the right thing by doing more yoga, even though it was subtle.”
Interestingly enough, my other teacher is not a fan of the line “Do More Yoga,” as she believes that “Yoga should be continuous.”
Either way, that is the aim here though:
To reprogram our alignment, our whole well-being:
Out of our funk, and into The Truth.