Sunday, 8 November 2015

Yoga myths and legends - Goddess squat


Goddess squat represents the Hindu goddess Kali. The story of the pose begins with Devi Durga, the mother goddess and her assistants, the Matrikas, trying to overcome the demon, Raktabija. They manage to wound him but every drop of blood that spills onto the ground became another Raktabija! In desperation Devi Durga calls on Kali, Shiva's consort, to help. Kali does this by drinking up the drops of Raktabija's blood as they fall and then devouring Raktabija and his duplicates. In fact she gets so carried away that she looks as though she is going to consume the universe. Because of this Shiva is called in to help. Shiva lies down in front of Kali to calm her and she steps on him. Realising what she has done, her anger melts and she is ashamed. The story is one of peace triumphing over anger.

To practice the pose take your legs wide and turn your toes out to the corners of your mat. Bring your arms into cactus position, elbows bent and level with your shoulders and bend both knees. Press both knees to the little toe side of your feet and tuck your tailbone under. Hold for a few breaths then breathe in, straighten your legs, breathe out release your hands to your hips and step your feet together.

Namaste,
Janet x 

Please see also 'Yoga legends-Lord of the Fishes Pose'-http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/yoga-legends-lord-of-fishes.html





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Namaste,

Janet x

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