Extended Side Angle Pose
Exhale into this pose. From the lunge, lean forward and, if you have your right leg in front in the lunge, place your right hand flat on the mat next to your right foot, twisting your torso to the left and lifting your left arm straight up to the ceiling. Keep your head aligned with your spine and look up at your left hand. Do the same on the other side, with the left foot and left hand forward.
Extended Side Angle Pose Photo Gallery
The green-eyed monster. It can rear its ugly head in all of us, even the people who claim that they “never get jealous” while smugly eating their salads.
Why can the person next to us in yoga class touch their face to their shins when after years of practice you can barely get to your feet? Why can your friend eat everything and still fit into sample sizes? Why did your coworker get the promotion when he is less experienced than you?
Scientists have found that the part of the brain that detects jealousy is the exact part of the brain that detects physical pain. This gives insight on why it doesn’t feel great to be envious. Who we are in little moments can ultimately add up to who we become. Let’s knock this envy out of the park with meditation.
When you find yourself obsessing about what someone has and what you do not, take a comfortable position. Then take a deep breath and let that deep breath fill you up completely. Hold your breath for a few seconds, and then let it go. Repeat a couple more times and repeat these phrases:
I feel compassion and love for all beings.
I feel compassion for those who are less happy than me.
I am loving toward those who are happier than me.
You can certainly make these phrases your own with the area you are struggling with. Saying it the first few times might involve some resistance. The more you practice, the more it will become your truth. We all have the capability to change from the inside, and that is truly where peace begins.