I open my eyes
To the light coming through the windows
The sound of koels through the trees
Morning traffic running through the streets
I force my lungs into space
Push into verticality from gravity
Search the upswell for a reason
to try again
Another day like yesterday
Start over again
So tomorrow will be better
Put on my gear
Put on my smile
Put on my gig
For time is commodity in the roulette called Life
Lingering there in the shadows
Heavy, looming darkness
Of never being whole
Of never being met
Of being just too much
I’ve been in your dreams
I’ve been in your wake
Time and again you’ve looked away
Now I’m in your head
Now I’m under your skin
Now I’m screaming in your ears
Now let’s see you plead!
In the deafening silence of suffering
The graveyard of hearts, wings clipped
Drenched in the dense cold liquid of fear
Shackled by the rusted chains of wants
Undress your armour of pretend courage
Untether from your longings and heartaches
Put out the fire of your rage
Let it go let it go let it all go!
Let’s plunge … Into the darkness of metamorphosis
A realm dense with void
A playground of pain to revel in
Till there’s no more ...
Oh, the relief, the catharsis!
Of never having to care again
Of never having to try to do better
Of never having to seek an-other
But there…in the distance
A glint of an ember
An echo of reason
In the balm of being
Through the dark cold swamp of shadows
I got down on my knees
And offered my mangled heart for keeps
For Love still deserves a place by the light
Exploring Pelvic Balance for Back Pain
Found this old video from the archives.
A little exploration of pelvic balance for back pain.
In the video, I also speak about the importance of something very fundamental - how we sit.
How are your sitting bones landing on the chair when you take a seat? Or are you loading on your tailbone instead?
When our body is supported by our sitting bones rather than our tailbone, we free up the spine from overloading and slumping into our lower back (and pushes our head forward) which can result in back pain. It also allows for a sense of differentiation between our pelvis and leg bones, allowing our weight to be released into gravity for greater ease and range of motion.
As we move through our day, we can also begin to notice the position of our pelvis. Do we tend to tuck our pelvis under (fatigue / withdrawal) or push our hips forward (rushed / fight or flight)? Are your knees locked or hyperextended? Adjusting all of these little nuances can too alleviate back tension and discomfort.
I hope you enjoy this little practice.
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Registered Yoga Therapist, Somatic Movement Educator, Bodyworker, Yoga Teacher Trainer