“Blog of the Week: My Yoga, The Goddess Pose”

Happy Wednesday Everyone:) This weeks blog is written by a Yoga student of mine Chantal Lachapelle. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people that inspire me daily. No matter what they are committed to their practice and show up weekly to nurture & nourish mind, body & spirit. Chantal’s blog on Goddess Pose is truly inspiring, honest and will get you thinking of how deep both physically and mentally a pose can effect us! Thank you Chantal:)

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Sherry Morton Jibb PTS. RYT. FIS. NWS, Certified Pilates Mat & Reformer Instructor Registered Yoga Teacher, Owner

king of dancers

I’ve often skimmed through yoga magazines, looking at the various poses they demonstrate, mentally Fotoshopping myself in lieu of the beautiful model, smiling gracefully into a King of the Dancer pose.  It was, and still is, wistfulness at the umpteenth degree.   I am not the owner of a thin and bulge-less body or of enviably trendy yoga outfits.  Thankfully, time, and a regular yoga practice, has helped me appreciate that I am an Average-Jane yogi.  I show up to class, a willing student, in mismatched fitness gear,   and work my way through the poses.  It’s never easy and rarely graceful, at least on a physical level.  And yet, invariably, it brings serenity both to my mind and body.  And on some (magical) occasions, I’ll be queued into a pose that brings such energy, it floods my senses.  Such was the case with the Goddess pose.

Not long after I started my yoga practice, I was instructed into the Goddess pose for the first time.

basic_yoga_poses_goddess_pose{For the Goddess pose, begin in a wide stance, with your feet turned 45 degrees and bend the knees in the direction of your feet in a squatting position (making sure that your knees remain stacked over your ankles).  Raise your arms to shoulder height and bend 90 degrees at the elbow with your hands facing forward, fingers spread.  Tuck your tailbone slightly and draw your shoulder blades lightly.  Keep your palms and your feet soft as you engage your core and gaze forward.}

In the mere minutes we stood in Goddess, I was overwhelmed with a sense of strength.  It made me feel as though energy radiated from my core. It was overwhelming and humbling, completely unexpected and absolutely wonderful.

In a blog on the Yoga Tree website, Chrisandra Fox Walker aptly described the Goddess pose, writing:” [it] … strengthens the lower body, activates the core, releases the breath in the abdomen and helps to integrate the upper and lower energy centers of the body.   [And that] … one of the sweet benefits of Goddess Pose is in learning to balance and integrate the pairs of opposites – will and surrender, strength and softness, activity and receptivity – which can inspire growth toward wholeness in your entire being.”1

I love that description.  And I love that, even I, Average-Jane yogi that I am, can access the gift of yoga through participation alone.  No glossiness or perfection required.

Since then, I’ve been striking the Goddess pose spontaneously, whenever and wherever I can.  It still hasn’t lost its magic.

That’s my yoga.