By Emily Cummings August 2, 2014

Surrender – Wheel Pose
To surrender, to let go, and to be with what is. There are so many poses I could have chosen for my expression of surrender because as we practice we find that there is always something we can let go of. There is always further for us to go. If we stop when we feel pain, or when our muscles start to shake, if we stop in the same place we’ve been before then we would never grow. We have to go through the pain, push through that which makes us uncomfortable, in order to get to arrive somewhere new. To be able to let go, and to be able to just accept where you are in this moment knowing that it won’t last forever, is a gift. If we remember even in the most difficult moments to just breathe, life becomes a little bit easier.

To get into Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose)
– Start on your back with your knees bent and your feet firmly planted on the floor, hip’s width distance apart
– Flip your palms over and place them on the ground shoulder’s distance apart, framing your head
– Push through your feet to lift your hips and come to the crown of your head
– Use the strength in your arms and legs to push into a full wheel
– Keep your arms straight, and straighten your legs to where you feel comfortable
– Push through the chest, as the curve should be in your upper back and chest, not lower back.
– Keep your core engaged to protect the lower back
– Breathe into the pose, and see how much more open you feel as you allow yourself to surrender within the pose.
– Come down, tucking the chin into the chest and slowly lower the hips and the shoulders to the ground

This concludes our challenge! Thank you so much for playing along! I hope you all learned something new about yourself and your practice, and had as much fun as I did sharing a little about yourself! We absolutely loved seeing all of your pictures! Remember with practice comes progress! Namaste.

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