Since I started my yoga teacher training last January, I have been thinking of ways to combine my two forms of work--yoga and letterpress. This month, I introduced my first asana postcard. Asana means pose. Yoga is made up of a few different steps on the path to truth and asana is just one of these steps. It is what you might be most familiar with and what you think of when you think of a yoga class. For my training I memorized about 50 asana in english and sanskrit. To help with my studies, I made flashcards with stick figure drawings. What made this way more fun than rote memorization was on Saturday mornings when Andy would read the English word from the card and I would tell him the sanskrit and then do my best to demonstrate the pose. If only I had acted out my Italian verb flashcards! Maybe that would have helped.
For this card, I chose a pose I did not have to memorize, that is not in any of my texts. Yesasana was the namemy teacher used when she showed us this pose in class. Stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips, stand tall lifting your arms over head. Say yes! It was shown to us with the idea that this pose makes you feel confident and powerful and that just by standing with confidence you may feel more confident as you go into a meeting, give a speech or take a test. In contrast, if you allow your shoulders to hunch in towards your chest, hand your head, it may be harder you to feel powerful and positive. I like to practice this pose when I am tired or not my plan is about to work or before a long day of printing. Try it! Next time you are dreading something, or are nervous or unsure.
This seemed like a great month to try out the mobile postbox. The studio where I teach and practice, Square One Yoga agreed to host the box so students could participate and share their favorite poses. The postbox is there through the end of the month and I have already been receiving responses in the mail. Yes!