lasya vinyasa

According to tantric lore, Shiva’s dance was first performed at Chidambaram, the mystical center of the universe. Within the microcosm of the human being, the center of the universe—the stage for this divine dance—correlates to the heart itself. Thus, the spirit of natarajasana inspires a fluid sequence that opens the heart and invites conscious awareness.

The term Lasya, in the context of Hindu mythology, describes the dance performed by Goddess Parvathi as it expresses happiness and is filled with grace and beauty. She is believed to have danced the Lasya in response to the male energy of the cosmic dance of Tandava performed by Lord Shiva. In a literal sense, Lasya means beauty, happiness and grace.

Lasya Vinyasa

From adho mukha shvanasana (downward-facing dog pose), move very slowly and in synchronization with the breath as follows:

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Inhaling, extend the right leg back and up, externally rotating the hip and bending the right knee, while rooting the left heel down.

Exhaling, release the right foot to the floor about mat-distance to the left of the left foot, toes pointing backward.

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Inhaling, sweep the right arm around in a wide counter-clockwise circular motion toward the sky.

Exhaling, continue the arm movement to bring the right hand back to the mat.

Inhaling, extend the right leg back and up to its original elevated position in three-legged downward-facing dog.

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Exhaling, draw the shoulders over the wrists as you move toward plank pose, while drawing the right knee toward the chest; then extend the right leg to the left, crossing it underneath the left leg at a 90-degree angle and planting the outer edge of the foot on the floor.

Inhaling, root the left heel in and down and the right hand evenly into the floor, while sweeping the left arm up and around in a wide clockwise circular motion toward the sky

Exhaling, continue the circular motion of the arm to release the left hand back to the mat.

Repeat on the other side before resting in adho mukha shvanasana.

 A Heart Opening Sequence for Natarajasana by Mark Stephens

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