Rises in the body’s core
Tap it and be sustained.
Channel it, and it will speak.
– Deng Ming-Dao –
Hello, fellow friends on the path,
We’re closing out the month honoring the Hindu god, Shiva, Lord of Destruction and Transformation.
Shiva is the patron saint of yogis as his practice is that of meditation and dancing the tandeva, the dance of destruction. Yogis seek to connect with the Oneness of the universe – through meditation and are interesting in transforming themselves – doing their own tandeva.
Shiva = Sha + ee + Va
Sha stands for Shareeram or body
ee stands for eeshwari or life giving energy
Va stands for vayu or motion
Thus, Shiva represents the body with life and motion.
This analysis brings us to the deeper understanding that Shiva is life, Shiva is potential for life, Shiva is all-encompassing – the universal soul or consciousness.
You can read more about Shiva and what he stands for, in this article.
We call on Shiva when we want to transform and shift our current state—as the God of Destruction, Shiva is the warrior who appears when we need to let go, surrender, or fight to release whatever it is we’ve been holding on to.
Questions to Consider:
✺ Are you seeking connection or transformation?
✺ How would you like to go about this, quietly or with a roar?
In other news, the class playlist for Energize 30-Day Yoga Challenge live!
For all those who are joining us on this epic exploration into the cosmos, you can preview the classes of the month in the playlist on the PWC apps.
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Invite your friends, family members, coworkers, and anyone you know who would benefit from the motivation and inspiration we share in our 30-day challenges!!
Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction, transformation, and dissolution. A more primitive form of Shiva is Agni, the god of fire.
Join Clara for a fiery 60-minute practice focused on twists and arm balances. The peak pose we’ll be working towards is Koundinyasana 1.
What to expect: Outer hip opening, lots of twists, and core integration.
Props you’ll need: 1 Block.
The Benefits of Detox Yoga
(and classes for you to enjoy!)
Your body has all it needs to invigorate processes that aid in detoxification. The yoga poses stimulate the circulatory system, endocrine system, and associated organs to cleanse the body of unnecessary toxins and tension. Adhering to a specific diet and taking supplements are associated with a detox, though not necessary to feel rejuvenated and get the results you crave to restore your body to its optimal health.
Detox yoga stimulates three primary systems through specific yoga poses to detoxify and rid the body of waste. The three systems targeted in detox yoga classes include the digestive system, the lymphatic system, and the integumentary system (the skin). Poses such as twists and inversions, increasing the heart rate through vigorous movement, and pranayamas that shift the body from fight or flight to rest and digest mode help detoxify the body.
Read on for a closer examination of how specific poses and pranayamas benefit the body through detoxification.
The digestive system is affected when we twist. Twisting affects the large intestine and stimulates blood flow around the muscles of the abdomen. The large intestine is where your body forms feces to excrete from the body.
B.K.S. Iyengar referred to twists as the squeeze-and-soak action as the twist creates an intra-abdominal compression. When the twist is released, the digestive organs receive blood rich in oxygen and nutrients. Twisting to the left compresses the descending colon, which pushes everything in the direction to relieve digestive stress and assist in the digestive process to remove waste and excrement.
The circulatory and lymphatic systems are affected whenever we invert. Inversions allow fresh blood to be transported to the liver and kidneys to shift the blood cycle to the body’s tissues and organs. Inversions also change the flow of cerebral spinal fluid, stimulate the lymph system, and flush the adrenals to promote the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters that make you feel good.
The circulatory and lymphatic systems are affected by vigorous movement. The circulatory system consists of the heart and blood vessels. The lymphatic system consists of the spleen, tissues, and organs that remove toxins and transport white blood cells throughout the body. Lymph nodes are points in the body that filter the lymphatic fluid.
Through vigorous movement, the heart rate increases and stimulates blood circulation, including blood and lymph fluid. As our heart beats faster, we may begin to sweat. Sweating is the release of toxins exiting the skin. Muscle contraction also triggers the lymphatic system to move fluids to remove bodily waste and carry white blood cells that fight and prevent infection.
The integumentary system, the skin, is cleansed through sweating. As we sweat, hopefully, we drink more water to produce urine and clear the kidneys.
When the body is in a constant state of fight or flight, aka stress, this is very hard on the systems that promote good health and vitality. The digestive system, circulatory system, and immunity are all affected by hormones released when we’re feeling stressed. Cortisol is the stress hormone we experience during fight or flight and triggers the release of more glucose (sugars) into the bloodstream when we may not need it.
Stress shifts our energy and refocuses the body’s vital processes on keeping the heart rate elevated to keep us alive when we’re in fight or flight.
Shifting the body’s energy into rest and digest mode benefits the digestive, circulatory, and lymphatic systems and maintains proper function. Focused pranayamas (breathwork) in yoga shifts the body into rest and digest mode. Deeper breaths slow down the heart rate and the body’s essential systems. Focused pranayamas such as kapalbhati, ujjayi, and 4-part breathing have a specific purpose and benefit overall relaxation.