14 Postures from the Sivananda Lineage that will Change Your Life

My introduction to the Sivananda Lineage came from a successful doctor I met south of 5th in Miami Beach. We met online and decided to go to yoga and dinner in his neighborhood. He was intelligent, such a gentleman and oh so curious about my life and experiences. It felt nice to have a clean state, a conversation with no expectations. It was a significant change coming out of a 4 year relationship with someone who had a lot of expectations of me. I was happy to share who I was and what I was really feeling. At the time I was in a pivotal point in my life and education. I was deciding between careers after spending years in Tallahassee studying chemistry at Florida State. I was so adamant about being a doctor for so long, it was difficult for me to let go of that as an identity. I didn’t want to let my family down, my fiancé and most importantly myself. I believed I could do it but the problem was, I had realized that the thing I was striving for was not the path I was actually called to in life. I saw my fiancé at the time go through medical school, I saw the surgeons I shadowed handle patience in such a procedural manner… I wanted to be a healer but after years of thinking that meant working in health care I was distraught in embracing that my heart was leading me elsewhere. I wanted to be involved in the healing of society, this is what attracted me to lobbying. I wasn’t just a part of one patients journey, I was a part of establishing the framework for all.

When I told him about my internal battle of wanting to no longer study chemistry and go to medical school but wanted to work in healthcare lobbying and maybe go into hospital administration, that my passion was connecting the right people…. He then asked me

1. Surya Namaskar

the sun salutation

2. Sirasana

Headstand

3. Sarvangasana

Shoulderstand

4. Halasana

Plough

5. Matsyasana

Fish

6. Paschimottanasana

Sitting Forward Bend

7. Bhujangasana

Cobra

8. Salabhasana

Locust

9. Dhanurasana

Bow

10. Ardha Matsyendrasana

Half Spinal Twist

11. Kakasana

Crow

12. Pada Hastasana

Standing Forward Bend

13. Trikonasana

Triangle

14. Savasana

Relaxation.

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