Poor Karma, gets a bad rap. What if I told you that you should be practicing karma every single day and karma can be a good thing. I am speaking of Karma Yoga.
Karma yoga is when you are serving humanity and doing your life's purpose. But there is a catch (oh but of course) you need to do this from the very core of your being without the intellect/ego getting in the way. When you are doing your dharma, you will feel joy in your heart. I KNOW for a fact that I am practicing karma yoga when I am with my clients. When I am working one on one with a client, nothing else matters for that hour. I want THEM to succeed, not for my own ego but because I want THEM to live a better life. That is the trick; doing your very best without an attachment to the outcome.
Some people are still in search of their purpose and one way to find it, is by removing things that do not bring joy into your life. Slowly start removing things that bring you heartache and eventually you will find your purpose. For some it can be more than one thing, like being a mother, wife, doctor, etc.
Yesterday in anatomy/asana class we concentrated on our spine and making sure that we lifted and extended when we did various spinal twists so we could do a correct axial extension.
When we do asanas in class, we first do them all together and then Valerie or Janine will have some of us do it individually for the class to watch. That either happens when someone needs to make some improvements or when they do it properly and perhaps can go a little deeper. Yesterday that happened to me; I was asked to do my spinal twist for the class to watch..turns out that I did it pretty well and Janine adjusted me so that I could go a little deeper and look like the girl from the Exorcist ha.
When doing a twist, people tend to turn without any thought of their spine. The most important thing is to make sure you are creating axial extension (simultaneous reduction of both the primary and secondary curves of the spine, the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar curves are all reduced, and the overall length of the spine is increased) with each breath and movement. A spinal twist begins from your root and with each inhale you lift &extend and slowly turn with the exhale, with the head being the last part to turn. I usually take about 4-5 breaths when doing a twist because I want to make sure that I lengthen with each breath (I demonstrate it in my vlog below 4:46 mark). We have to remember that our spines are carrying us around all day, so treat it with love.
When this pose is done properly, you will feel your body heat up and that is because it stimulates your organs.
Watch my vlog below, where I demonstrate how to create axial extension and of course other rambles...