It’s allergy season in Austin. Austin will have varying amounts of cedar, mold, cottonwood, oak, ragweed, ash, pine, mulberry, elm, poplar. The allergen-tested folks remain informed by closely watching the website that give the latest allergy count. Many anticipate and prepare before-hand. Others use traditional/alternative medications during the season. When experiencing the effects of allergies, I find it best to get on my knees. To kneel is be in or assume a position in which the body is supported, as when praying or showing submission. There are many benefits to getting on your knees.
During yoga class, there are different reasons for getting on your knees. A yogi may get on their knees to transition from standing yoga to sitting yoga. They may get on their knees to pause and rest from a series of poses. They may get on their knees to realign their hands, fingers, torso and change the positions of their feet and toes.
Getting on your knees: pause and slow down
“It is your practice!” – yoga teacher reminding us to use our inner guidance.
During this allergy season it’s hard not to marvel at the body’s ability to produce mucus. It’s a great time to pause and support the body by hydrating with water, soups, steam and other liquids to help thin the mucus.
Taking time to support the body with movement that matches the body’s level of energy and helps any fluid flow easily in the body.
Pausing to support the body with extra rest never seems like a bad idea. Snuggling with a favorite blanket adds comfort to this type of pause. My favorite blanket is a Simply Shabby Chic 2-ply with roses and pink satin trim that feels weighted.
As in life, yoga asks that you get on your knees. When your body asks for a slower pace, getting on your knees as the class continues with a pose, is a perfect position to offer a pause. It may also be that getting on your knee is part of the pose. In class, The rabbit pose felt restful and helped relieve congestion.
Getting on your knees: pause and realign
“We are all born from a place of infinite love, peace and bliss.” A yoga teacher reminder.
During a yoga class, there are lots of decisions made. Do I have the energy level to complete the pose? Are my arms, hands and fingers in a right alignment. How about the toes, the feet, the legs, the hips? Do I need to pause and re-align before moving on with the pose? Do I need to pause and re-align the movements with the breath? It’s a good use of time to get on my knees to realign with breath and body before continuing the pose.
As in yoga, life asks that you re-align. Even with allergies, it feels good to take time for 10 to 20 minutes of sitting on the grass in the sun in the park. Breathing fresh air, watching people and animals can feel relaxing. Also using the time to just breathe, realign and connect. “I love this.” “I love that.”
A yoga sequence may include what I call “the reverse push up”. Ugh! ” I love this pose.” “I love this pose.” With lengthy limbs, long arms especially, the distance to travel seems far to go up and seems far to go down gracefully. This sequence feels easier by getting on the knees. It feels easier to realign the arms closer to the body and to move the body forward before moving downward.
Life, like yoga is a work in progress made easier by getting on the knees to pause, rest, slow down and realign.