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Room to Breathe and Fly: Bhakasana – Crow Pose with Tina Pashumati James

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“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”

Rumi–The Essential Rumi

Arm balances are among the poses that challenge your mind as much as your body. You have to have strength and alignment throughout your body to make these poses work. They are also a place where it’s easy to let your fear take over if you don’t come to yoga with a facility for balancing on your hands. Even though it’s given in many yoga classes, Bakasana (Crane or Crow Pose) can still feel unattainable.

Of course, like so many things in yoga, you can gain the flexibility and strength required for arm balances. If you have a regular practice, especially in a vigorous style like Ashtanga or Jivamukti, Vinyasa, you probably already have the raw physical abilities needed to balance in Bakasana. What can be much more challenging is trying to find the balance point where your body weight needs to be to find your balance. And, this pose has a way of triggering nervousness if you tend to worry about falling.

When the opening of your breath is supported, rather than limited by your structure, breathing becomes effortless and versatile, then we can find body breath synchronicity.
It’s a great example of just how important it is to train your mind as well as your body. When you are working up to any challenge pose in yoga, you need to be able to visualize yourself completing it successfully, and approach it with confidence, before you can make that a reality. Otherwise, you will often struggle to make the pose work for you.
On a purely physical level, poses like Bakasana can empower you to move out of your comfort zone and redefine what you are capable of (in this case, standing on your hands). Looking at it in a more metaphysical context, it gives you the chance to fly over your own doubts and fears toward what is ahead.

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About Tina Pashumati James

Tina PASHUMATI James is an ERYT500 yoga teacher, Advanced Senior Certified Jivamukti Teacher, Yoga Injury Therapist and Trauma Sound Healer. She has been practicing for 28 years and teaching since 1995.

She is a radical teacher who believes through the practices of yoga, we discover that concern for the happiness and well being of others, including animals, must be an essential part of our own quest for happiness and well being.

Tina believes in the 5 P’s:

1- Passion. 2- Persistent practice. 3- Perfection in action. 4- Precision. 5- Peace.

Tina shares her experiences of the spiritual quest, and how each and everyone of us can find our natural state through selfless service and activism.
Tina offers courses, workshops and retreats around the world. She has created a sort of divine bridge across which many Yoga practitioners can heal their bodies and minds.
She is one of the most sought after guest teachers in the world, leading intensives and mentoring at the world famous Jivamukti Teacher Training programs in New York. She has sat on the Advanced Jivamukti board as an ajudicator.
Tina is best known for her unique ability to help students and teachers embody their spiritual practice. Her work focuses on the refinement of natural and universal movement principles, assisting to the highest level that will evolve your entire Yoga practice and lifestyle, and a deep connection to the wellbeing of Animals the Oceans and Mountains, Indigenous Elders and there teachings and veganism in the modern world.
This concentration on fundamental principles of life allows student of all levels of experience and from all traditions to build their own authentic Yoga practice for the future of the blue planet.
Considered the “teacher of teachers”, students return to Tina’s intensives again and again to be a part of the inspiring evolution of Tina’s own practice and teaching.