Remember, no matter where you begin during this Advent season to start with Prayer and then move into Prayer Breathing, keeping in mind your anchor, whether it is an image, a word or a verse, choose something that can bring you back to your focus for this season of waiting and hope!
Throughout this time I will follow as closely as possible readings from the Liturgical Calendar. The positions I choose I hope will complement one another. By the end of this group of 24 daily readings and positions you should be able to string them all together one after another into flowing movement. Be sure that you feel confident with each individual position before you move from one to another. Please feel free to comment if you need more direction. I’m glad to answer anything!
Our reading for today comes from the book of Isaiah, chapter 11.
On that day,
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A Spirit of counsel and of strength,
a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
The position we’ll do as we consider this verse is called, “Wisdom.” It’s an excellent stretch for the hamstrings in particular. For most of us, we wander around all day long not giving a whole lot of thought to our hamstrings but they are essential to our mobility. The hamstrings can be very tight when we first pay attention to them and try to breathe a stretch into them. Think of your hamstrings as you ponder this verse, these hard-working and sometimes stubborn muscles.
From a sitting position place your hands flat on the mat, legs straight out in front, feet pointing upward and then lift at the heart. This should engage the hamstrings. As you feel the muscles release hinge your body forward to re-engage the stretch and breathe into the stretch.
As you sit in this position and breathe the verse above, be thinking about what it is in your life during this Advent season that mirrors this hard-working and sometimes stubborn muscle group. What needs to have new life breathed into it?