Not everyone can do all yoga poses, but everyone can do all yoga actions.
Yoga Actions for Legs & Knees is the second in a five-volume series of e-books emphasizing primary actions for such areas in our bodies as — Feet & Ankles, Pelvis & Psoas, Torso & Spine, Shoulders & Arms. Within every volume, each action is displayed in a two-page layout with the first page describing the action and visually demonstrating the experience through a Pre Pose and a five-pose Peak sequence to further expand your experience. Finally, we follow each sequence with Plus Poses to further develop the action and Post Poses to fully relax the body and integrate the asana experience.
You might regulate yourself by reading the action on the first page and apply it using the Pre Pose. You may not immediately feel the action in your body, but continue using it for the sequence of Peak Poses as well as the Plus Poses. In our own personal experience of yoga actions, it may take two or three poses or a full practice before you awaken the area of emphasis. Gaining patience and personal commitment are two significant rewards emerging from the many wonders of a yoga practice. Because yoga emphasizes whole-being wellness, as you try each new legs and knees action we encourage you to continue to also incorporate those feet and ankles actions most suited to your current needs.
Self-regulation Self-determination Co-creationREAD MORE
In this 21st century world where digitization and globalization produce interconnectedness, volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (iVUCA), radical transformation enables adaptation to what is emerging in the present moment rather than waiting for a crisis, which typically forces stressful change upon us. In our experience of radical transformation, we find its elements — self-regulation, self-determination and co-creation — are foundational to the practice of yoga. Indeed, they were foundational to the writing of this book, our second co-creative effort in sharing the transformational gifts of yoga.
In our first co-creative effort, Creating Space: Yoga Actions for Feet & Ankles, our approach was not to teach you how to do each asana (yoga pose) but rather enable you to deepen your current practice and dig deeper into your inner experience and awareness. With Legs & Knees, we continue to emphasize the importance of self-determination on our path to greater enlightenment. When we so choose, yoga awakens us to every aspect of our being — spiritual, physical, intellectual, communal and emotional (SPICE). By applying these offerings of muscular, skeletal, organic and breath actions, you will experience radical transformation from the inside out and the outside in. The beauty of each described action is you can use it in any pose to experience the benefits of both the pose and the action. Strengthening and aligning our ‘container’ establishes the solid foundation we need to understand and integrate the remaining seven limbs of yoga.
As you view the photographic images of each pose you may notice quite a difference in how we physically express the same posture. In reality, most people come to the yoga mat with either a “plant” or “stone” body. As Candace can attest, those with a plant-like body are more flexible and loose in their joints. A benefit of such natural flexibility is a greater ease and depth achieved in the postures. However, without the necessary muscular strength to support proper bone alignment, this body type can be vulnerable to joint injury because the sensory clues when overextending are very subtle. On the other hand, Helen came to yoga with a stiffer, stone-like body. The stronger, tighter muscles of this body type provide significant sensory signals when moving too deeply into a posture. The key to avoiding injury for both types is to balance strength with flexibility. Typically, this requires plant bodies to build strength and stone bodies to increase flexibility.
Radical transformation is a co-creative journey, whether your tools are yoga, meditation, painting, writing, gardening, etc. We emphasize co-creation because most life challenges we face in today’s complex world are unsolvable alone. More and more, humanity must collaborate to contribute in the most meaningful ways. Fortunately, as humans, we have wise reserves to draw upon, both within and around us, for our times of need. As ‘plant’ and ‘stone’ archetypes, our co-creation is opening up whole new worlds of learning and possibility; more than we could imagine or accomplish alone. Bless you for joining us on our co-creative journey into the joy of yoga. May these practices seed collaboration and co-creation in your beautiful life.
Helen & CandaceCOLLAPSE
“At first glance, Creating Space: Yoga Actions for Legs & Knees appears to be a simple, uncluttered instruction resource that offers clear descriptions and images of yoga postures. Upon spending more time interacting with the brilliance of technology, one discovers the depth of detail layered into this gem of a practice guidebook. Helen and Candace have succeeded in creating a book that invites experimentation and a deepening of current practice, skillfully guiding the practitioner to ‘dig deeper into your inner experience and awareness’. Intelligent use of props ensures a safe, aligned practice for all levels while ‘teaching the practitioner to trust support in order to release emotional holding’. The partnership shared between Helen, a ‘stone body’ and Candace, a ‘plant body’ provides the reader with a full range of action instructions, making this resource applicable to a broad spectrum of yoga enthusiasts.”