Our theme of the month this for March is Grace, which as a child was something my family used to call me, and with not an OUNCE of seriousness.
I had a tendency to fall, bounce off of, trip over, and knock into nearly everything. Though I cannot say that I have really grown my full out tendencies, I have certainly added some elements of grace into my repertoire.
As defined, primarily, and how we will play with Grace in one form this month is “simple elegance or refinement of movement.”
When thinking of this particular definition of Grace, our natural fit for the Pose of the Month, was Dancer, or Nataranjasana, a pose that allows us to play with our own simple elegance and to slow down and practice the refinement of balance postures.
As with all balance postures, there is a need to connect deeply within, and to hone focus, while simultaneously finding a sense of freedom and flow.
As we so often discuss, balance comes to us with greater ease when we are supple and soft rather than rigid and inflexible.
Dancer is a posture that truly allows us to explore our own sense of grace as we feel comfortable from day to day and moment to moment.
When exploring a Nataranjasana, take your time. Allow this posture to make subtle adjustments and movements, expanding into the posture as you feel the asana develop.
There is SO much room to explore in a Dancer, see if you can do so with a sense of Grace.
Coming into Nataranjasana:
Hold for a few breaths, as long as the breath continues to flow with ease, and on an inhale allow ourselves to float our way out of this side of Dancer. As we move to the other side, be mindful. Be graceful, and allow this side to develop in its own beautiful direction and presentation.