Friday, December 9, 2011

Shakti Goddess Pose


'Shakti is the primordial feminine power that pervades the Universe. According to the Vedas, Shakti is the force that converts the raw cosmic energy of Shiva into the infinite shapes, forms, movements, sounds and colours of Creation.

This celestial matriarch who dwells within us, has three forms: Kali or Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. As Kali Ma, Shakti represents procreation, the dark void of the cosmic womb from where the Universe emerges. Durga, Kali’s counterpart, is the ‘protectress’, urging us to guard the interests of our families. Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, nurtures the young and enriches the domestic environment. And Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom, provides us with the intuition to teach and guide our brood.

A powerful way to access this Shakti-prana and connect with the Divine Mother within, is to practice the Shakti Asana or yoga ‘goddess pose'. With your head pointing east, lie on your back and stretch out your legs, about hip-width apart. Keep your arms by your sides, palms up, then bring the soles of your feet together, so that your knees fall towards the floor on either side. Extend the stretch without straining. Feel the pull in your pelvis and visualise the intake of breath coming in through your body, through the vagina, letting this energy flow up to your belly. Then slowly release it downward and out through the vagina, letting go of all negativity. With each intake of breath imagine Shakti in the form of a white light flooding your Being, activating the powerful Goddess within. Hold the posture for as long as possible and feel her subtle luminescence within you.' ~ Bri Maya Tiwari

For me, the Shakti asana is a way to reconnect with my power as a woman, to embrace the vulnerability of opening my body and spirit to the Divine and to celebrate my beautiful body and my sexuality. Powerful!

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