Tittibhasana - Firefly
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Yoga scripture has many names for this inner radiance: divine spark, the light of consciousness, the light of the heart, and tejas, fire or spiritual luminosity. And unlike the firefly, whose light appears programmed to blink on and off, we possess an inner glow that never waxes or wanes. It shines brightly—its symbol is the sun—even when clouds or inclement weather obscure its true nature. Indeed, this tejas continues to burn with intensity, whether we’re aware of it or not.
A pose like tittibhasana (firefly pose) can derail you if you take the process too seriously.
So why the firefly metaphor? While our spiritual light may never dim, our ability to see and experience it does, causing its presence to seem more like the fickle firefly than the steady light of the sun. Self-doubt, fear, negativity, and even stress limit our connection to our inner light, often allowing it to surface only intermittently, if at all. Most of us need time, perseverance, and discipline—especially in the middle of a busy life with all its inherent ups and downs, distractions, and obligations—to lift the fog and keep the light visible. But grit and determination alone won’t get us very far on the path; Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra (1.20) suggests we also need confidence(shraddha), joyful effort (virya), and mindfulness or gentle persistence (smriti) to succeed.
Don't get discouraged. Very few people can do firefly pose the first time they try. Just have fun with it.
Before beginning this sequence, warm up with some sun salutations and some shoulder stretches. If you have time, work to open your hips and stretch your spine as well in a few standing postures such as parshvakonasana (side angle pose),trikonasana (triangle pose), virabhadrasana I (warrior I pose), and parshvottanasana(intense side stretch pose). Parivritta trikonasana (revolved triangle pose) would also help to prepare your back muscles for the postures in the sequence, since the twisting actions can loosen the muscles along the back and aid in the deep forward bending that is part of this sequence.
- Stretches the inner groins and back torso
- Strengthens the arms and wrists
- Tones the belly
- Improves sense of balance
ANUVITTASANA STANDING BACKBEND into
Dhanurasana - Wheel Pose
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of benefits but the biggest one of all is that they are anti-aging postures. Our spinal cord is like a second brain and all the heart opening postures or back bends consist of moving and strengthening your spine. It is often said that if a person can keep their spine in a perfectly healthy shape, they will never grow old. Additionally, heart opening Yoga postures help in improving back strength, releasing fear and anxiety and removing tension from the shoulders and chest.
I find this to be a great warm up
1. From Mountain pose, place the palms on the low back/sacrum with the fingers pointed down. Press into the feet, pull up the knee caps, and squeeze the thighs and buttocks.
2. Press the hips forward and begin to arch the torso backwards. Keep the head looking forward, or if it feels safe let it drop all the way back. Use the arms to support your weight and keep the legs and buttocks engaged and strong.
3. Breathe and hold 3-7 breaths.
4. To release: keep the legs, buttocks and arms strong as you slowly inhale back up, letting the head and neck be the last to come vertical.
BENEFITS + CONTRAINDICATIONS
Benefits: Standing Backbend opens the front of the body, and strengthens the respiratory, cardiovascular and endocrine systems.
Contraindications: Recent or chronic injury to the hips, back or neck.
Dhanurasana - Wheel Pose
- Strengthens your arms, wrists, upper back, spine and thighs
- Opens the shoulders, chest/lungs, groins, front of the thighs
- Increases your energy and counteracts depression
- therapeutic for backpain, depression, low energy, asthma, osteoporosis, infertility
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