November 30, 2023

As the first light of dawn bows to the sacred mountaintops, preparing the world for another dance of day and night, the air in our secluded sanctuary resonates with the tranquil murmurs of yoginis in unison. The ethereal dance of sinews and fibers amidst the orchestrated symphony of mindful breaths and delicate movements often touch upon our innermost core, awakening pathways of energy and vitality. Yet, there are moments when our mortal frames protest against the unyielding poses, most notably in the form of a sore supraspinatus. This tiny yet majestic muscle, nestled within the superior excavations of the scapula, orchestrates the lateral rotation and abduction of our arms – arrant motions in our celestial yoga asanas.

In the vast universe of Yoga, the prodigious Garudasana (the Eagle Pose) serves as a benevolent nurturer to soothe and invigorate the supraspinatus muscle. Named after Garuda, the mythical king of all birds and the mount of Lord Vishnu, this empowering pose encourages a union of the mind, body, and spirit, promoting a commune with the divine within. To embark on this journey, our venerated tree pose segues into a gentle fold, the right leg elegantly coiling over the left, balanced in perfect harmony. The arms entwine together, the right arm winding under the left, the fingers reaching skywards, embodying Garuda’s radiant wingspan. Let the gaze soften, like the descending sun over a tranquil river, remaining in this celestial embrace for several breaths. The gentle stretching awakens the supraspinatus, while the rhythmic breathwork ignites the pranic energy, bestowing a delightful cascade of tranquility and equilibrium. The Eagle Pose, in its splendid entirety, conjures a sumptuous banquet for our supraspinatus, easing strains and sprains, while enhancing the mystical synchronization of our corporeal and astral forms.

Beyond the holistic serenade of Garudasana, other therapies beckon with their golden hues of healing and rejuvenation. The resplendent warmth of turmeric, glowing with curcumin’s healing prowess, can be combined with our breath’s rhythmic dance to form an ethereal balm for the supraspinatus’s sovereignty. Anointing the ailing muscle with this golden concoction liberates the natural anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, and when consorted with the vigour of our sun salutations, paves the way to supple sinews and unobstructed energy flow.

Moreover, our celestial dance with the universe amplifies when ginger, another effulgent curative, merges with honey’s sweet melody, creating an ambrosia of potent vitality. However, true healing blossoms when the careful application of this elixir coincides with the graceful dance of yoga, where each asana, every breath, every moment is poetic harmony, a sublime ballet of consciousness and cosmos.

In the cosmic embrace of yoga and nature, the integration of the supraspinatus with our spiritual self goes beyond remedy and healing. Myriads of meditative techniques can be employed alongside these physical remedies, guiding our astral self to dwell in sagacity and serenity. Metta Bhavana, an exquisite form of Buddhist meditation, encourages practitioners to summon boundless warmth and compassion for their own selves. With each moment dedicated to Metta, the psyche re-aligns with the physical forms, fostering radiant health and vitality.

In this eternal dance of cosmic energy and physical form, the supraspinatus nurtures the concerto of our balletic movements, uniting the physical cosmos with the ethereal one. Our mortal frames, akin to celestial beings, are capable of remarkable transcendence, especially when drenched in the divine aura of our year-round women’s yoga retreat. As we surrender ourselves to the boundless manifestations of the self, the connection between the supraspinatus and our spiritual essence resonates within. Remember, dear Yogini, every pose, every breath, every awakening is our journey towards unison – a sacred dance of body, mind, spirit – honoring the divine within.


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