It’s impossible to explain in words how amazing Sadie’s workshop in Keswick this weekend was. I can’t even attempt to summarize everything I’ve drawn from the two hours with her, but I will share a couple things that really stuck with me.
She spoke about the first three chakras and how one of the main demises of these centers is fear. We talked about the fear of diving head first into your passions and what you really want in life in because you’re scared of failure and (in turn feeling pain), having to do the extra work involved and that of adjusting to new situations etc. But she then laid it out in a big picture sort of perspective for us: what “pain” is really worse? The pain of making yourself vulnerable, or the [chronic] pain you constantly hold with you 24 hours a day 7 days a week because you are essentially always tied down in chains?
Think about it.
Physically, I got a few fundamental lessons from Sadie’s core programs. She taught us that solid core strength stems from proper pelvic alignment – the pelvis should never be tilting forwards or backwards for a solid, stable middle. You can apply this rule to almost every pose as well as use it to your advantage for arm balancing - Sadie got me into a solid straight armed crow for the first time! Here’s how:
Start crow with bent arms. Your center of gravity is too low to begin with and your weight is already too far forward. It is much more difficult to raise yourself to straight arms in this sitch!
Lift straight up from your core balancing on your toes, low belly draws to the back of your spine. Your energy is drawing straight up so your center of gravity is already where it needs to be. Simple set your elbows into your arm pits, shifting your weight only slightly forward. And always remember to look forward in front of you and not to the ground to avoid a spill on your face (I learned this the hard way).
Crow pose is the foundation for all arm balances. Get your crow down and all of the other fancy stuff will follow in a flow.