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Health: Love can tie you in knots, especially when it comes to yoga

Hello and welcome to August. This month I thought I would do something a little different. Over the last few weeks I have seen this particular yoga pose posted again and again by many different people on my instagram feed.

Sunday 11 September 2016, 12:00AM


It’s easy to see why this pose is called the ‘love knot’. Photo by Kim White

It looks fun, and easy enough, so I thought I would share it with you. I am not sure it has a proper name but I am going to call it shrivatsasana after the Sanskrit word of Shrivatsa, which is the name for the Buddhist eternal knot, one of the religion’s eight auspicious symbols.

The symbols or “symbolic attributes” are yidams and teaching tools. Not only do these energetic symbols point to qualities of an enlightened mind-stream but they are ornaments that highlight these enlightened “qualities”.

The Shrivatsa symbol in particular, draws many parallels with yogic teachings and promotes practises similar to those of yoga.

The “love knot” as it is commonly known, represents the intertwining or union of wisdom and compassion, the inseparability of “emptiness” and “interdependent origination” (the underlying reality of existence), the eternal continuum of mind, samsara – the endless cycle of suffering of birth, death and rebirth within Buddhism.The knot has no beginning or end, symbolizing the wisdom of the Buddha.

Yoga has all this, you ask? Well, yes, Yoga is a great pathway, an awesome tool that can be used to open a door to the spiritual world, a starter pack, so to speak. The word yoga is a Sanskrit translation of the word union.

There are so many ways and variations of practicing yoga, they are not all about standing on your head with a foot up and behind parts of your own body that you have never seen before. Yoga is an individual practice that will manifest itself naturally, with the right guidance. This guidance will come in the form of a good teacher or perhaps a book or even a personal investigation.

There is raja yoga – a form for the strong-willed, and slow form for the restless, karma yoga for the saviours of the world, bhakti yoga for the devotional and jnana yoga for the wisdom seekers.

All of the varying forms have the same goal in mind, bringing union to your life, however union translates for you. A coming together of aspects of your life in a way that creates a positive change mentally, emotionally and physically.

Lets look at how we can create this love knot yoga pose for ourselves.

1. I think it best to start out using a wall behind you, until you have the balance aspect of the pose sorted. I rest my bottom on the wall behind me.

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2. Cross your legs at the ankles and come up onto your toes.

3. Bend your knees out to the side like a crossed ankle squat.

4. Tuck your chin into your chest and round out through the back, caving your chest, while crossing your arms at the elbows or higher.

5. Lean forward with your torso maintaining this shape and turn both palms to face outwards.

6. Maintain body shape and lower your torso until the middle finger on each hand is touching each heel.

7. Hold for 30 seconds to one minute (or long enough for a photo to be taken)

8. Hashtag #phuketnewsloveknot – Post your pics and show me the yoga love.


Kim White is the owner of Sala Samadhi. She offers authentic Hatha yoga instruction for private and group sessions. Contact: www.mindbodyyogasystem.com or 086 276 9174.

The opinions and advice contained in this column are those of the author only. The Phuket News is not responsible for the outcome or results of following any advice in any situation.

 

 

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