A special mini YOGA SEQUENCE to do: to celebrate the wind and water.
HURRICANE IRENE YOGA SEQUENCE
Wind, Water and Twist!
Grounding – for a long, long time with a bolster or pillow underneath your chest/ abdomen, especially if the wind is getting to your nervous system.
ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA
Downward facing dog and SHAKE all the water off like a dog!
Standing forward extension with head supported on a chair, again to chill you from the irritating winds.
SIRSASANA & ADHO MUKHA VRKSASANA
Headstand and handstand (technically downward facing tree pose!)
Turn everything upside down and look at the rain falling UP! Can you stay steadier than the trees blowing outside?
Tree pose, stay steady, even as the wind blows. Get ready for the twisting by first rotating the top of your bent leg from the inside out, and turning your chest in the opposite direction – make your tree as steady as a mountain (TADASANA mountain pose in your torso).
Extended side angle pose. Practice the same rotation as in VRKSASANA. Except here be even MORE grounded on that back foot.
Rotated triangle pose. Go for it! BE the hurricane. Twist!
East meets the west seated forward extension. Again, ground yourself. Head down on a bolster, stretch out the twisting and get L-O-W to the ground…
Bridge pose. It’s your bridge, build it any way you want, with blocks, bolsters, blankets or dropping over from Sarvangasana: but make it steady, so the wind doesn’t blow it down. Lift your chest and stay grounded in your feet.
Corpse pose, with any kind of weight you can find – place it on your thighs, so you don’t “blow” or “float” away! Use as much as you can gather. Try for at least 50 pounds.
ENJOY! And please report back how stable you were in the 40+ m.p.h. winds.