Transforming Fear to Joy

As Remembrance Day nears, I am reminded to give thanks to those peace-keepers who served and are still serving Canada. Whether on this shore or internationally, these individuals are in service to their nation, their families, their friends and their communities. Serving others’ well-being is a tenet of yoga’s unfolding journey into peace, love and joy.

The perennial truth expressed in [sacred texts] … is that all creation 
is evolving towards the unitive state of Oneness.  There is nothing 
more important in life than learning to express this unity in all our
relationships:  with our family and friends, with our colleagues and 
fellow workers, with other communities and countries, with other 
races and religious groups, and with other creatures.
Eknath Easwaran, The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living: Volume 1

With our servicemen and women in mind, I dedicate the yoga practice below to peace within, peace between, peace among and peace beyond. Use the following Yoga Action to awaken peace within your body, breath and mind.

YOGA ACTION: Ujjayi Pranayama

  1. Once you settle into each pose, begin to count the lengths of your inhales and exhales.
  2. Shorten the longer part of your breath to match its counterpart.
  3. Gently deepen both parts of this even or Ujjayi breath until you hear the a subtle sound with your breath. Just a reminder, this is a peaceful, not aggressive, action.
  4. You may notice the back of throat slightly constricting.

SUPTA BADDHA KONASANA (Supine Bound Angle Pose) 5 minutes
– vertical bolster to support spine & head
– belt around sacrum, inner groins & baby-toe side of feet
– support for head & outer thighs, if required

SALAMBA ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA (Supported Downward Dog) 5 m
– chair back into upper thighs but not pubic bone
– toe mounds into blocks, heels into wall
– fingertips lightly rest into floor

SALAMBA MATSYASANA (Supported Fish Pose) 5 m
– vertical block between shoulder blades (below C7 and above lumbar spine)
– legs in Sukhasana or Baddha Konasana
– MEDIUM-height block behind head

BADDHA KONASANA (Seated Bound Angle Pose) 5 m
– sit on bolster or foam block if inner knees are higher than front hip bone
– maintain contact of sacrum to wall in seated & forward folding variations
– as you forward fold, think of creating a C with your the entire backface of your spine

– forehead into wooden/cork block

SALAMBA MATSYASANA 1 m ea hand clasp
– vertical block between shoulder blades (below C7 and above lumbar spine) legs in Dandasana
– LO-height block behind head unless neck feels compressed
– begin with arms alongside torso (1 m)
– clasp hands & bring arms overhead (1 m ea)

– pelvis rests on 2 double-folded blankets
– front ankles rest into chair joint

SAVASANA (Corpse Pose) 5 – 10 m
– place eye pillow or face cloth over eyes

May peaceful service fulfill our hearts, bodies and minds. Namaste.

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Author: Helen Maupin

Helen is passionate about transforming fear into love — from her, for her, for all. She expresses her commitment to transformation through writing poetry, self-awareness and yoga books, co-designing organizations into adaptive enterprises and deepening her daily meditation and yoga practices.


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