In a world that changes now more than ever, it can be difficult to release the past and embrace the new. Memories become security blankets for adults because the comfortable and familiar moments can make it difficult to move on with life. But practice feng shui and see how a shift in energy can work wonders. The same can be applied to any yoga practice. Don't allow chi to become stagnant. A new yoga practice can ease the body, mind, and spirit into the future.
First, begin the practice with a few rounds of sun salutations. After two or three repetitions, open the hips with Warrior I, Triangle, and Warrior III. Now the body should be ready to begin. The first pose for change is Standing Crescent Pose, creating openness on both sides of the body. Reach both arms out until they are parallel with the floor and hold for a minute on each side.
A challenging pose for change is Gate Pose, a powerful side bend that requires a lot of strength in the abdominal and arms. Begin in a kneeling position and extend your right leg to the side. Stretch both arms to the right, parallel to the floor. Reach the right fingertips and rib cage to the right, turn the right palm down and place it on the foot. Extend the left arm along the left ear.
A great pose for flexibility is Revolved Triangle Pose. This is the same as Triangle Pose, except the twist is in the opposite direction. The leg stance is the same. There is also Revolved Seated Forward Bend, a great transforming twist because it is asymmetrical (think of Half Lord of the Fishes). The twist begins in Seated Forward Bend, then the body twists so that the right hand grasps the outside of the left foot. The left hand rests on top of the left foot.
The last two poses for releasing energy are Upward Plank Pose and Corpse Pose (Savasana). Feel the shift in energy as the practice is complete. These poses can make it a little easier to go with the flow of life.