purple sand at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, CA
Day 3 of the 40-day yoga challenge
I went to Christina Sell’s Anusara class at Castle Hill last night. She began class by talking about the two parts of the word anusara: anu, which means “self or individual” and sara, which means “Divine flow.”
As we practiced, she talked about ways in which our actions in the poses can facilitate our connection to that divine flow. More specifically, for each pose she described physical actions that would help us move into the back body, an area of the body associated with opening to the universal/divine flow (especially compared to the front body, which is more often associated with the individual).
Asana-wise, it was a tough arm-balancing class. I sweated buckets, if that’s any indication. Working with the back body really helped to give me the strength and space to persist through arm balance after arm balance, and that was a good revelation.
I also became more aware of my feet and how they’re doing their own thing. I’ll be working with them a lot for awhile. I think integrating them more will help to open up my backbends (a trouble spot for me).
I posted the picture of the purple sand from Pfeiffer Beach because that beach reminds me of the Universal. It was a hidden beach, difficult to find but work every second of struggle to get there— because it has PURPLE SAND! No one knows why, according to what we read.
More pictures from our Big Sur trip to come.
Love to all.