Vegetarian vs Meat Eater – The Debate: A Personal Reflection

Steaks, sausages, schnitzel, burgers…..the list is endless, particularly if you are born and raised on a dairy farm in rural New Zealand. Often the focus of many debates in our household between my father and his sister-in-law when visiting, who has been a staunch vegetarian for the past 20 odd years following her conversion to the Hari Krishna religion. As witness to these debates it sparked myself and my siblings to often question each other whether we could imagine shifting to a meat-free diet, my elder brother would instantly dismiss the thought as ludicrous stating that we are farmers, it is our job to sponsor the consumption of meat, my younger sister was a little more open-minded and would evaluate both options and the pros and cons of both (she still eats meat by the way). This is a conversation that frequently crops up at dinner parties or at work and particularly when a vegetarian is present. People are intrigued by it, like my brother, some people will immediately say its ridiculous, you need meat in your diet, you will experience all sorts of illnesses if you don’t, others like my sister will offer that they would be able to give up beef, but definitely not chicken or fish! There are also many reasons people choose to eliminate meat from their diet, quite simply they just don’t like the taste. Following the 200 Hour Teachers Training Course and learnings regarding diet, it made me reassess where I stood on the argument, my research showed some interesting findings, it was normally either pro-vegetarianism or pro-meat eating, there weren’t a lot of articles that were neutral; there are many factors impacted by the consumption of meat but on the other side of the coin, as a key export for many countries, economies could also suffer.
As we all know meat is high in saturated fat which means those who consume it are at higher risk of developing heart disease and weight problems; studies also show a strong correlation between meat consumption and various strains of cancer, strokes and as a result a shorter life expectancy. However, one study of 544 children, who were an average age of seven years, were given two spoonfuls (about 60 grams) of minced beef each day to supplement their ordinary diet. The other groups were given a cup of milk, an equivalent amount of energy as vegetable oil, or no supplement at all. Over two years, the children kids given food supplements gained an average of 400 grams more than those without, those conducting the study found those given meat showed the biggest benefits. Children in the meat-supplemented group showed up to an 80% greater increase in upper-arm muscle compared with the non-supplemented children; for milk drinkers, this figure was 40%. They also found the children who were fed meat also outperformed their peers in tests of intelligence, problem solving and arithmetic. Additionally, the group that received the meat supplements was more active in the playground, more talkative and playful, and showed more leadership skills.
In contrast, studies found becoming vegetarian means you will be helping reduce waste and air pollution. A farm in the US, which raises 2.5 million pigs every year, creates more waste than the entire city of Los Angeles. Each year, the nation’s factory farms, collectively produce 2 billion tons of manure, a substance that’s rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the country’s top 10 pollutants and that’s not including the methane gas released by cows, pigs and poultry (which contributes to the greenhouse effect); the ammonia gases from urine; poison gases that emanate from manure lagoons; toxic chemicals from pesticides; and exhaust from farm equipment used to raise feed for animals.
Let’s put a Yoga lense on this debate. If most people had to guess whether a Yoga practitioner followed a vegetarian or meat diet, I think we could safely say they would correctly select the former option. This is generally because you associate Yoga with healthy mind and body, though some would incorrectly assume it was because of some religious reason linked to Yoga. The reason is deeper than just healthy mind and body, yes; eliminating meat from the diet naturally aids the body’s muscles to become more flexible, obviously a huge advantage when you practice Yoga. In Yoga philosophy they say “the mind is formed from the subtlest portion or essence of food” – this philosophy sets the tone for how foods are categorised. There are three categories food can fall into – Sattvic, Rajasic or Tamasic. Sattvic foods are those that are free from additives, preservatives, are eaten in their natural or pure state and provide maximum energy for a healthy lifestyle e.g. raw vegetables and fruits. Rajasic foods are those that over stimulate the mind and body and are believed to increase adverse behaviours e.g. coffee and strong spices. Finally, Tamasic foods promote laziness and the body has difficulty breaking these foods down e.g. alcohol and fried foods. Yoga philosophy directs meat straight the Tamasic category, the reason of this designation is also due to Yamas – Ahimsa – non-violence and non-injury.
So how do you decide what diet to raise your child on? Claims your child will benefit from eating meat versus reducing global pollution, makes it a difficult one. It is a debate that will most likely exist forever, though statistics show the rate of those converting to vegetarianism has increased dramatically from 20 years ago. In the Yoga world, the choice is simple, if you wish to live a Yogi life, you must eliminate meat. Me? I’ve removed red meat so far, check with me in a year from now and perhaps chicken and fish will also be off the menu.

Enzyme (home-made environmental friendly)

1)  to do dishes and laundry( add about 20ml to full load of laundry, 40ml to 500ml of detergent)
2) for washing bathrooms and toilets( act as a booster to cleaners)
3) for removing stubborn stains
4) to clean vegetables and fruits
5) clear blockages in kitchen sinks and drains
6) as a natural insect repellent (use undiluted) for ants, cockroaches..
7) as a floorwash to mop floors shiny clean( add a small cap to floor cleansers for a full pail of water)
8 ) as fertiliser for vegetables, flowering and non-flowering plants
9) as a skincare product, e.g. facial cleanser( great for oily hair, add about a teaspoon to each wash for scalp cleansing!!! tried it and loved it!! saved alot on hair treatment!)
Things to prepare :
10L of water
3kg of fresh Fruit skin ( I prefer citrus fruits example pineapple, orange, lime, lemon)
1Kg of Brown sugar
Mix and stir everything together to dissolve the sugar and place it in a sealed container, air tight please!! you would never want the smell to diffuse to any part of your home. Place it in a safe place ( where no spillage will occur) for 3 months. You can speed up the process by adding 2 tablespoons of yeast which will take about 2 weeks instead of 3 months for full fermentation.( i have never tried using yeast). I suggest you fill the final product in small bottles for easy excess usage. This about should last almost more than 6 months.
My family has been a avid user for a few years!! We are very please with the results and whats most important we are saving the earth. With so many products introduced every year but only a few guarantee to be bio-degradable. It is a factor that affects a lot of developing countries, with toxics pumping into open seas and rivers. Affecting eco system in seas. Lets do a small little part right in our homes.

Bhujangasana: Almost Perfect

More commonly known as “cobra”, bhujangasana could come as close to a perfect pose as can be.
Lying on your stomach, keeping your feet together, you connect yourself with your body and bring your awareness to the flowing movement of the pose. Bringing your hands to each side, just below your shoulders, elbows upward, inhale and slide forward, elongating your arms, rolling your shoulders outward and lifting your chest upward, using your back muscles to get farther and further into the stretch, resting on your pelvis with your buttocks engaged. As you move into the pose, your awareness is focused on the smooth flow on the many parts of the body used to achieve the benefits.
Once into the pose, you have the ability to engage the energy of four chakras. Your anahata (heart) chakra is wide open, communicating a receptiveness to the world and its beauty. Bhujangasana also opens the basal swadhisthana (groin) chakra, bringing relief and bloodflow to the area while also opening up the manipura (navel) chakra, stimulating appetite and helping to allieve constipation. As you stretch your neck back and upward, your vishuddhi (throat) chakra is activated, enabling you to tap into the energy to discriminate between right and wrong, bringing a clear head to its practitioner.
Lower back pain is alleviated in this pose, as well as sciatica and constipation. Women feel the benefits in their uterus being stretched while the circulation is opened up. The spinal stretch helps to keep the spinal cord more flexible, and massages the liver and kidneys. What a great way to flush out toxins.
In addition to the physical and mental benefits, bhujangasana forces the practitioner to regulate their own breathing. Following the inhale is the exhale; the practitioner literally breathes life inward and exhales life while following the ballet of physical release.
Bhujangasana could quite possibly be the perfect asana.
Stay bendy, everyone!

Sutra neti: Thread cleansing

On the third week of July 2010 I successfully managed to do Sutra neti: Thread cleansing. It felt very weird at first, my eyes started to tear and saliva dripping out of my mouth. It felt both comfortable, yet uncomfortable at the same time.
Sutra neti is a cleansing nasal technique, performed by using a sutra, a string of rubber thread. This technique is used for nasal cleansing, where the thread is inserted into one nostril and comes out from the mouth.
It is an extremely effective method for nasal cleaning. It allows the nasal passages to be opened to their full capacity. If you often have nasal blockage or excessive phlegm in your sinus cavities, sutra neti can help you get rid of it. For a condition like sinusitis, surgery seems to be the only alternative. You are wrong! This yoga nasal cleansing technique allows you to forego surgery!
I used to be a social smoker.
After a few sessions of nasal cleansing, I developed a very bad sore throat and fever. A lot of phlegm and mucus was purged. It felt good knowing that all these impurities were rid and my mind felt clearer, with a better sense of smell!
Nowadays, I find the smell of cigarettes revolting! In the past, my mind used to wander off into the meadows when I smelt cigarettes, desiring a puff of it. Now i just want to shun away from it!

Garbha Pindasana (Womb Embryo)

Tiny thoughts:
“Slippery when Wet.” That is the way to go for this pose. Do your primary series and you will reach this position towards the end and it will make it easier to do the asana and smile(with satisfaction as you are reaching the end of the practice). Try when you have not sweat it out before the Primary Series and then try again in the flow of PS. Try it! You will know what I mean.
Dristi point: Nose
Chakra: Manipura
Benefits:

  1. Reduces excess fat in the body especially in the abdominal region due to total contraction during the asana.
  2. The digestive system of the body improves due to the regular practice of this posture. It also prevents all kinds of stomach illnesses.
  3. Provides exercise to both the upper and the lower body
  4. Exercise that might help get you to the perfect Asana:
  5. Lots of hip flexors( Baddha Konanasana)
  6. Core, which helps to loosen the fats around the trunk.
  7. Strengthen the knees

Hip Adductors (Inner Thigh) / groin muscle and inner quad muscle (VMO) Strengthening: Sit in chair, put fist between knees, squeeze together knees. Hold for count of 10. Relax for count of 3. Do 10 repetitions.
Lie on floor on your right side, shoulder and hips aligned. Use your right hand to prop up your head. Place the left hand on floor in front of you to help balance yourself. Bend left leg and bring it to the floor in front of you. Slowly raise your right leg about 10 inches off the floor then, hold for a second, then slowly lower leg to ground. Lift 10 times on each side.
Hip Abductors (Outer Thigh) strengthening: Lie on floor on your right side, shoulder and hips aligned. Bend right leg (leg on floor) to 90 degrees.Slowly raise you left leg about 18 inches, hold for a second, then slowly lower leg.Do 10 repetitions. Repeat on other side.
Instructions:
Place the legs in full lotus.
Slide elbows through the 2 gaps formed from the lotus pose.
Place the chin in between the palms
Variation: Roll back and fourth clockwise nine times with deep breathing OR roll back and fourth nine times in a straight line
Note:
Overweight people may find it relatively hard to pass their arms through the gaps between their calves and thighs. However, the arms can be more readily passed through the gap if one raises oneself just a bit after placing legs in Full Lotus
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Navasana

Navasana (Nava=Boat)
Tiny thoughts:
Engage your abdominal muscles babe!
I am terrible at this pose but I am about to change things around! The next time, you will be hearing. “I love this Asana!”
I have been working on my abs. Sitting in a V-shape with my sit bones grounded to the floor and holding up one leg at a time. Then holding both legs up above the ground, ENGAGE your CORE!!! I hear myself saying to myself again and again. Then I will let go of both my arms and “PLOP!” my legs fall THUD onto the ground. So.. bring it up again!!!
This helps: Rotate your thighs inward and SQUEEZE… Lengthen your spine and lift your sternum..
Anatomical focus:
Thyroid
Dristi point: Toes
Chakra: Muladhara and Swadhishthana
Benefits:

  1. Strengthens the abdomen, hip flexors, and spine
  2. Stimulates the kidneys, thyroid and prostate glands, and intestines

Contraindications:

  1. Asthma
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Headache
  4. Heart problems
  5. Insomnia
  6. Low blood pressure
  7. Menstruation
  8. Pregnancy

Neck injury: Sit with back against the wall to perform this pose. As you tilt your head back, rest the back of your head on the wall.
Prop for help!
Often its difficult to straighten the raised legs. Bend your knees and loop a strap around the soles of your feet, gripping firmly in your hands. Inhale, lean the torso back, then exhale and lift and straighten your legs, adjusting the strap to keep it taut. Push the feet firmly against the strap.
Instructions:
Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Press your hands on the floor a little behind your hips, fingers pointing towards the feet and strengthen the arms. Lift through the sternum and lean back slightly. Make sure your back is straight; continue to lengthen the front of your torso between the pubis and the top sternum. Sit on the ‘tripod’ of your sit bones and tailbone.
Exhale and bend your knees, then lift your feet off the floor. Lengthen your tailbone into the floor and lift your pubis toward your navel. Straighten your knees, raising the tips of toes slightly above eye level.
Stretch your arms alongside the legs, parallel to each other and the floor. Spread the shoulder blades across your back and reach strongly out through the fingers.
Try to keep the lower abdomen flat. Press heads of the thigh bones toward the floor to help anchor the pose and lift the top sternum. Breathe easily. Tip the chin slightly toward the sternum so the base of the skull lifts lightly away from the back of the neck.
Release the legs with an exhalation and sit upright on an inhalation.

Till there was you….

I am gonna save the breath for alot of people. I ain’t gonna mince my thoughts.  I am not an angel, never was and never will be.
If you know me well enough, you will know I live by these two words: Carpe Diem. With that, it has brought me to where I am today. And today, I shall bring this phrase UP a notch and live my life by it. Yes live by CD WITH a ‘few’conditions- aka 8 Limbs. Good luck!
Just two days and I manage to do a ‘baby’ headstand! The amazement will continue to come, I was told. Even as I type, my Bandha is tucked in consciously! 🙂
STOP your milk! It is not giving you the nutrients you think you are getting. It fills you up because it is not digested! Isn’t that a little revelation out of the many that was discovered just in two days…
Let me see:
The fact that we have been consuming germified Protein, our Fish, Chicken… the travelling back and forth without refrigeration, it is contaminated.
The way a baby and an adult breathes differs from a Yogi and again a yogi’s breathing differs from a Yogi Intermediate. Breathing is breathing ain’t it but it truly is life changing. The Ujayi- Strong Exhales freshens up my day and it sure stimulates my Dumpster! Having to work after my weekday classes posses as a challenge, NOT! It energizes you actually ONLY with the right kind of diet. Do not limit yourself, feel good and you will get what I mean. I ate meat in lesser quantity and my fruits and Vegetables intake increased. I felt good after my long 18 hours training and work day. You take care of your body, it naturally functions your mind and takes care of you.
As we go deeper into our studies…
The fling:
I should have an “Asteya”(never ‘steal’ or in my case, be ‘stolen’) inked across my heart! And amazing this connects with the Power of my Brain. I have allowed someone to steal my balance and happiness in life. It is all in my hands all this while. We all know don’t we?! We just don’t realise it when the devil approaches. Anything so tempting must be good. As I type, this guy is text-ing me and I am choosing to ignore it. The course has strengthen me in that aspect and I fell a little when this guy came back into my life. It is not his fault, neither is it of anyone’s who instigated it. It is my lack of control and self respect that allowed it to happen. So it has to stop. With the morning meditations, having time for myself allowing my outer self to understanding my inner self and to know what exactly I want to be seen as, to live by, I was literally breathing my root of believe through my skin. I walk the talk! I knew what exactly I want in life, how I want to be treated and I survived the temptations and I am able to stand up tall and say “I did it!” What ever you say flatters me but it is only when I react that it will matter to me. So I’ll holler “Bring it on!” – Asteya!
Be the change:
As I am enjoying beautiful Hot weather in Sentosa, I am wondering how long am I able to enjoy this. The breeze that blows against my skin, the sun kissed skin of the sunbathers around me, the coconut trees, as I look up they are set against the clear blue sky. I think to myself, this is just perfect! With my margarita.. Oops! Did I say Magarita? Alcohol? No…. I wouldn’t have drank that while practising Yoga. Well, we often take all the simple pleasures in life for granted. It’s hot, im sweating and I decide to take a plunge in the sea.
TADAH! I see plastics!! Don’t ‘they’ realise that this is like smoking to the sea?! They are freaking spoiling the very limited wonders of nature(of what it’s left). Annoying aint it?! Unless, they start setting good examples.. I hope they do not have kids! Ha. That will stop the vicious cycle.
Told you I ain’t gonna mince my thoughts! Stop judging.
Choo choo-ed:
I have not taken the MRT for some time now. Let alone the bus. I dislike the close proximity I have with strangers. I feel they simply have no concept of personal space. As I started my training at Haji lane, I am not very willing to pay carpark fees (to the government) for the whole day. Hence, I started taking the MRT. It is early morning so I must say, it was a slow transition and it was a good one. Even now, after the training, I am willing to take the public transport. I feel the training has changed me. It made me a simpler person. I have been helped to merge with the masses and enjoy every moment of it. My perspective of respect of space has not changed but I have been opened to leave the automobile behind and ‘feel’ my surroundings.  It doesn’t matter anymore, the automobile has become a mode of convenience more than ever. It is no longer, the prestige that I have been always grateful for. Now, I am grateful, I have my Number. 11 to bring me to places. Not sure if I have been clear… thoughts and understanding comes with experience. If the above sounds, like crap or alien to you. I must say, you will understand one day(if you choose to understand) as you go through the course of life.
The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.  ~Chinese Proverb
Give me my Veg!
It is amazing how in the first lesson when I learnt about how trashy some foods I have been consuming are! Some are useless and some I have been missing out on! The switch from a lean meat diet to an All Veg.  was pretty easy. I am amazed. I reckon I didn’t want to jeopardise my flexibility and after my first digestive Anatomy lesson, certain meat disgusts me. The thought of it rotting in my body, turns me off. I did a movie before and the focus was on Chicken, I have seen how it disintegrate into Dark Greyish Gooey substance WITH maggots in it. So imagine…
Apparent changes that I see today in a snap of my fingers.(yes, it is that fast.) My morning breath smells better now, the Poop is smoother now and I am killing lesser animals than I used to! If you are still a meat lover, I’d say, “I love you” but if you consume Shark’s fin, I’d say “You suck!” Did you know that the cartilage of Shark’s Fin does not have any taste at all? Yes, so next time when you go to a wedding dinner and as you chew on the ‘delicious’ shark’s fin think about what your next generation is gonna say when you talk about sharks… What sharks? They wouldn’t even know what sharks are because they will be like the mystical Dodos that we never had the chance to see.
Wash it off:
After 2 attempts of Basthi. I finally did it!!! It smelled!! Bad, toxic kind. Not the usual pungent smell. Yuccks!!! First attempt failed as I did not clear my bowels and the pressure was higher than the outside hence. The second attempt, left me in my kinda half  Dhanurasana position for some time. LOL. Did some Udiyana Bhanda and tadah! Into the toilet bowl! Good feeling after. Nice. Felt I could finish up the Whole Turkey! Oh no wait. Did I say I’m vegetarian now? What about a entire field of greens?!
Life is like a coin.  You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.  ~Lillian Dickson
Keeping in mind the 8 limbs and this takes Carpe Diem up one notch!

Reincarnation

Reincarnation: the rebirth of life after death.
It explains why and where we are born, who our parents are, how we look like physically,  how much wealth we have and the fortunate and unfortunate events we meet in this life. How our life works in this life depends on our Karma of previous life.
It is said that to be reincarnated into human life takes a lot of good deeds done, in the past life. I often wonder, with the many wars going on through the past centuries and the many innocent lives lost, where was the many good deeds done? How and why are there so many humans? Why has the population more than tripled over the last century?
Does this mean  that people have been doing good Karma, allowing them to be reborn again as human beings?
During the summer of 2005, I was very fortunate to have been able to speak to a Venerable monk.
I asked him: “The human population is getting higher and yet a majority is here to suffer. What is the purpose of being here? Is it because they have good karma, that gained them re-birth, or is it because they are here to suffer? Is it really good luck to be re-born as human?”
The monk smiled at me and said: ”How can you be sure that life only exists on earth? The universe is limitless. How can we be sure that we are the only living organisms in the universe? And how can you be sure that one will always be reborn again?”
In a flash, the thought hit me so hard and it all made sense!

The people you meet is a reflection of your past life.
The lottery you won was effect of Karma.
The psycho boyfriend that you had is Karma.
The sister you had most fun with is Karma.
The classmates who took this 200 hour teaching course with you is Karma.
The wonderful teachers leading you on this path to YOGA.
The parents who love you so much no matter what you do is Karma.

Everybody you meet and every event you go through in life, is a reflection of yourself, a reflection of your own actions.
I believe that in order to get out of the cycle of re-birth, one should remove all desires, emotions and impure thoughts. In this way, we have no more reasons for existence and therefore we will not be reincarnated, again.

Actions begets consequences

Action [Definition]:
The process of doing something in order to achieve a particular end result.
Consequences[Definition]:
An end result that happens because of a particular action or set of conditions.
So, what do these 2 words have to do with yoga philosophy?
Hint: Karma yoga! It does not simply end with these 2 words!
In my humble opinion, Karma does not just end with these 2 words.
Actions with intended motives to do good, does it result in good Karma?
For example, actions in doing good will make oneself feel good. What about feeling mighty when helping others, thus bringing you on an ego trip? Or that one can boast about good actions and become a hot topic among friends. Or even worse to know that good actions will bring good Karma and hence do lots of it with motives.
Are we guilty to these actions??? I can tell you honestly that I am.
I can tell you for a fact that lots of people are, and I am one of them. To do good actions for people who are ”luckier” than you is something that I do not seem to witness a lot of, because people have the mentality that “why should we help people who seem better than us, they would not need it! They hold better jobs, better paychecks, higher status.” Our body is a temple for suffering, happiness lies within us. Even if a person seems to have what the majority people cant afford, they still do have their own suffering!
When Momo was 10 years, mommy went into her room and asked her to make a donation for a charity. It had pictures of handicapped old people. It broke her heart instantly! She told her mom to take her month’s allowance to donate everything in. This made her proud.
Is a child of this age guilty of being egoistic? 18 Years later, this young lady went to India for a vacation. She made trips to 5 orphanages. At each orphanage, she went to the supermarket to load up the van with cartons of milk powder, sacks of flour and rice, cookies and soap. She was so happy in the supermarket. When she reached the orphanages, she unloaded all the food. The children were arranged to sing and perform. At that very instance, she felt both a sense of happiness and sadness. It’s not that she feels pain for the children and not because the place was run down, not even because she thinks she is luckier. But she realized that it is Because of the children that she was GIVEN a chance to do good! Without these orphans, how would we able to do good? It is them who are creating good actions for us instead!
How ironic!
It is actually a cycle! It is only the law of nature that she was there, it is the only “right” thing to do. To do good without motives.
Karma action is something that we should not think about. It is the cycle of Life.
We will never be worried about the consequences of our actions when we have already understood the law of nature.

When Garbha Pindasana Cannot Be Said or Done Without a Slur (or Hiccup)

It was a reunion of sorts. A Saturday girls’ night out in Club Street with my girlfriends after I’d spent a week away working in Hong Kong. After my self-proclaimed, “booze celibacy” (AKA the 200 hour training course), we were also celebrating the first night I could go out on a proper pisser since late June.
I was flattered that they had taken such a curious interest in my progression in the course. Week after week I’d entertain them with reports of what I’d learned that week, what poses I could accomplish, and a tally of how long I’d gone without booze. 
After a great dinner (which consisted of meat; I’d also taken a reprieve from flesh eating during the course), we headed to the neighborhood rooftop bar and continued our binge. Although earlier in the night they’d insisted I demonstrate the poses I’d learned, I’d sloughed it off.  Little did I know that they would not only remember this request, but would require proof that I was indeed in training for the past month and not just blowing off their invitations to meet them for drinks.
Not very yogic, I know.
With a confidence only gained at my fourth Glenlivet, I ceded their request.
“GarrrrbHaa Pindasssssshaannnaah”.
“What?”
“GarrrrbbHaa Pindasssssshaannnaah. You know, it’s like an embryo in the womb. It’s meant to CALMMM the MINNNND and bring EMOOOOSHUNNAL stability” (I was shouting at this point because I became unaware that my own volume might not have been louder than that produced by the speakers above our heads).
“In GarrrrbbHaa Pindasssssshaannnaaah, you also massage your abs and benefits digestion…”  I even went so far to begin explaining as I began demonstrating, removing my 3 inch red heels.
Step one: Sit in Lotus.
Step two: Slide your arms, one by one,  between the gaps found in your thigh and calf.
Step three: Fold up your elbows and bring your hands up, resting your chin in your palms.
At this point, I was getting applause from the table, though I knew I was not properly in the asana. After all, Garbha Pindasana is performed in the second half of the primary Ashtanga series, and I hadn’t warmed up properly for this.
“Bhutt WHHHHait, I’m not finnnnnishhedd.”
I began to attempt the nine rolls back and forth, however my arms, legs and everything flew akimbo as I was desperately flailing for balance. I’m thankful there were no cameras to capture this mess.
I’ve learned my lesson. Having respect for the practice is necessary for achieving the benefits. I clearly did not respect Garbha Pindasana, and I was not met with the rewards that this pose intends to provide.
Stay bendy, everyone.