Saturday, October 12, 2013
It is finally feeling like Autumn - cool breezes, falling leaves, and the warm foods
we love. As the season changes, it is very important to stay warm and strong,
especially as it gets colder. It is important to keep immunity (免疫力）up
by eating seasonal foods like ginger, carrots, pumpkins, and onions, as well as
exercising regularly, and sleeping enough.
This month's pose is the shoulderstand, which is an upside down pose where you stand on your shoulders!
Going upside down helps you relieve stress, strengthens the immune system（免疫系）,
relieves swollen legs (むくんだ足）, and helps with digestion（消化）.
If you find this pose difficult, or you are on your period, you can lie on your back
against a wall, putting your legs on the wall. This should do the same trick!
October at Midori Language School
October's Aroma: Geranium and Patchouli
October's Spotlight Pose: Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana)
Vocabulary Put the correct word in each blank. 正しい空欄にいれてください。
inversion (n) spine (n) tuck (v)
thyroid gland (n) pelvis (n) perpendicular (adj)
The Shoulderstand is the “queen of poses”. It is an ____________________ ,
so it supports your circulation. It will stretch the ______________ and stimulate the ___________________, which produces hormones for your metabolism (新陳代謝).
First, lie on your back, with your arms at your sides. Bring your legs up to so that they are ___________________to the floor, 90 degree angle. Use your hands and your abdominal muscles to pull your butt up and bring your ____________ above your head. Make sure that your neck is straight, and that you can breathe. Place your upper arms on the mat and walk your hands up your back for support.
If your back is straight, _______________in your tailbone and straighten your legs.
October’s Focus: The 5 Movements of the Spine
The spine can move in 5 different directions. In yoga, we try to balance these movements,
to fully stretch and release tension in the spine. The 5 are:
Forward bend 前屈
Back bend そる
Side bend 体側