Often when I try new or challenging poses I feel how I harden myself, not only physically but also (and maybe especially) mentally. Then, when I realise that I could also soften while doing the pose, everything changes! All of the sudden I can feel a sort of comfort, an acceptance, my body changes and seems to 'melt' into the pose more. And as my mind releases, let's go, I find peace in whatever it is I'm doing. Now I realised that I can not only have those moments in my yoga
I just love circular flowing practices like this one for hips and lower back. You can just go around and around and around... Once you get the flow it comes so natural that you can just release your thoughts and your mind can stay in the present moment with your breath. This sequence is a beautiful way to open up your lower back and hips while strengthening your legs and core. You can keep it really high to help you warm up or you can deepen the poses to make you work harder.