How is Your New Year Starting Off?

How is Your New Year Starting Off?

How is your new year starting off? Did you set intentions? What are you going to do differently this year? What seeds have you already planted that you want to see continue to grow? What are you ready to let go of and leave behind?

I returned to Los Angeles on Monday after a wonderful trip to Toronto and the surrounding area to see family and a few old friends and a very rejuvenating trip to New York to practice with my teacher Dharma Mittra and reconnect with some of the Dharma community.

I picked up a cold in Toronto and I’ve been fighting it since. It’s almost gone now but it was a bad one. It was kind of the physical manifestation of what I’ve been feeling a lot lately on a deeper level.

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Tripod Head Balance.

Tripod Head Balance.

The Tripod Head Balance is an excellent intermediate Head Balance Pose. The Easy Tripod, with the knees on the back of the upper arms, is a great pose to teach you to let go of the wall and find balance in the middle of the room. My teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra, often jokes that Elephants and Dogs can do the Easy Tripod. Lol. The Tripod Head Balance is more challenging than the Bound Head Balance. There’s more weight on the head. It’s harder to find the actions in the arms and the shoulders that will protect the neck. This Head Balance Pose is also less stable than the Bound Head Balance. The Tripod can be used as another Viparita Karani Mudra, just like the Bound Head Balance. We can also transition from the Tripod Head Balance into Arm Balance Poses. Transitioning into Arm Balances from the Tripod Head Balance is much more challenging than coming into these poses from the ground. Once you master the transitions from the Tripod Head Balance you can practice transitioning from your Handstand.

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