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How to Do the Perfect Fire Log Pose

The fire log pose is a seated asana that stretches your hips and improves your overall posture. Some of you might know it by its English name, which is “knee-to-ankle-pose.” It is called the fire log pose due to the position in which you will be required to keep your legs stacked one on top of the other just like bonfire logs. Here are some tips, steps, and instructions to help you perfect this asana.

Fire Log Pose Steps & Instructions

Begin from a sitting position while keeping your legs extended at first. Align your body and maintain a straight spine. For the moment, you can rest your arms at your sides. Then, bend the right knee while placing it as close to your chest as possible. The right ankle should be in a rested position right above your left kneecap. Don’t forget about your other leg! Bend your left knee as well and slide the left shin beneath your right one. In the end, the left ankle should go directly under your right knee. If you’re flexible enough, both your shins should be parallel to the mat’s top edge. Also, shins should form a 90-degree angle with your thighs. Flex your feet a little more and don’t forget to press them through your heels. Another important detail is to maintain your toes spread at all times.

Push your groins and lower abdominal area toward the floor. Sit up as straight as you can and lengthen your torso’s front part. Your fingertips must remain in a resting position on the yoga mat or on the floor. Those of you who are more experienced can even raise the arms, bend your elbows, and put your palms together like in a prayer. 

Finishing Up the Pose & Releasing It

Soften your face and relax your facial muscles. Bring the focus on your third eye, which is that small space in between your eyebrows. Hold the fire log pose for about a minute and then come out of it slowly. You can do that by gently lengthening your legs. Repeat this asana with your other leg on top. 

Additional Tips

During this pose, your pelvic area should remain in a neutral position. To do this, try to balance your body weight on both your sit bones.

Don’t favor one single side of your body. Make sure to alternate the legs and maintain the asana on each side for the same time length.

Pay attention to your body alignment: from your head’s crown to your spine tailbone, every part of your back should be in a perfect vertical posture.

Open your chest by closing up the gap between your shoulder blades. Your torso’s front part must remain long and your collarbones should be broad. Don’t hunch your shoulder. 

Putting It All Together

The fire log pose targets your hip flexors, but your hamstrings, calves, lower back, and glutes are also engaged even though they are targeted to a lesser degree. This asana will relax you and will release tension from your muscles. Make sure to maintain the proper posture throughout the entire pose. Let us know how well it worked for you given the fact that you followed our guidelines.

What is Earthing?

Earthing, also known as Grounding, is the basic practice of absorbing the Earth’s energy through direct physical connection of its surface. The Earth receives its electric energy from the sun and lightening that strikes its surface, which essentially creates a Bio-Battery. We humans also have electric energy (electrons) that run through our bodies; by connecting with the earth one on one, we allow the energy to fill up our stores and keep our energy full.

It is important to reconnect with Mother Earth by not confining ourselves indoors and remembering that it is in our biological composition to be exposed to nature. As we are living organisms, just like the plants and animals that live on Earth, our bodies need to receive neutralizing electrons that only the earth can provide in order for us to properly maintain our bodies.

How Do We Connect?

One of the simplest ways to connect with the earth is to slip off your socks and shoes and walk around barefoot on the grass, in water, or on any other natural foundation (including concrete, as it is a conduit for the electric energy). Try to connect one on one with the Earth for a good half hour.

Benefits to Earthing

By allowing our feet to be connected directly to the natural foundations outside, or even indoors to the grounded, conductive systems, we allow for the possible relief of symptoms related to stress, insomnia, inflammation, pain, and more. Just as sunlight, healthy food, and physical activity benefits our bodies, so does allowing the electric energy that flows through our body to be neutralized in the most natural way, through our connection to Mother Earth.

The Top 5 Benefits of Earthing

Your Immune System benefits from a fresh supply of neutralized electrons. The electrons that flow from the earth allow for us to receive one of the strongest amounts of antioxidants possible to flow through our body.

Sleep is such a crucial factor in how we function throughout the day. When we ground ourselves with the Earth, we allow our biorhythms, including our cardiac rhythms, to synchronize within our bodies which, in turn, regulates our sleep patterns.

A higher level of cortisol is directly linked with our levels of stress, connecting with the earth lowers these levels, which then lowers our risk for abdominal fat. Lowered cortisol also means increasing the anti-aging properties.

Technology is rapidly increasing and is consistent in our everyday life. We are so bombarded with it constantly that we are polluted with its unnatural electronic waves that run through our body. Earthing helps clean our body of these pollutants. Our bodies will naturally have more energy, allowing for us to heal and repair any damage.

As humans, we are always drawn to nature, we take vacations to get away from the office, we go for walks in the forest to reconnect with nature and with ourselves. Although we may not always be able to take that special vacation we always dream of, we can always reconnect with the outdoors in the simplest ways, from going for a walk, to watching the sun set. Explore the world outside and find the numerous ways can connect with Mother Earth.

Meditation 101

 

The whole concept of meditation is being swept up into such a huge hype right now. Celebrities, athletes and probably some of your friends are all talking about it. You’ve probably heard a lot about it but maybe you’re still a little bit skeptical of the whole thing. You’ve got some questions but don’t worry, I’ve got your answers.

What is Meditation?

Meditation can be different things to different people. Generally speaking it is quieting the overactive mind and allowing clarity to come through. For some people that means they can stop stressing, think clearly, relax, connect to their higher self, or even just enjoy the moment more.

 

How to Meditate

There are multiple ways to meditate and what works for one person might not work for the next. If you are brand new to meditation, you might want to start out by just paying closer attention to the activities you like to do.

For example, if you love to garden you might want to try absorbing all of the different feelings, smells, colors, sounds, etc as you plant each bulb or prune each branch. Another example is to really focus your attention on your breath if you enjoy doing physical activities (like yoga).

Even in the world of more traditional meditation there are many varieties. There are meditations where people focus on something specific, chant certain lines, walk in circles or through specific routes and more. Don’t feel like you have to stick to one kind of meditation or think that one kind of meditation is better than the others. Meditation is a very personalized experience.

Benefits of Meditation

The benefits of meditation can be huge! Again, everyone’s experience varies greatly but here is a list of some “typical” benefits you might expect from starting a meditation practice.

Improved ability to focus. When you learn to focus on meditation you might find it easier to focus on daily tasks as well.

Improved clarity. By taking the time to silence the overactive mind you might find the deeper underlying truth behind certain thoughts and actions.

General happiness. A lot of meditations are centered around the concept of being present and enjoying the moments in life for what they really are. That approach to life has lead many people to find deeper and more profound happiness in their lives.

Self-learning. With the improved clarity you will have opportunities to dive even deeper into your truth and learn things about yourself you could not have even imagined before.

 

What to do if it Doesn’t Work

If you have tried meditation and it didn’t work for you there are a few things you can do.

First off, you can try a different style of meditation. If it isn’t working then it might not be the right type of meditation for you. If it still doesn’t work then you could simply try again. It takes practice and you really should not put the pressure on yourself to make it work the first time.

Lastly, you can stop trying for a little while. Sometimes all you need is a break and if you keep it tucked away in the back of your mind then the opportunity might just present itself to you one day out of the blue. You might notice how pretty a piece of dust is one day while you’re stuck in traffic and you’ll be pulled into the present moment. It will be beautiful and well worth the wait.

 

How Often Should I Practice Yoga?

How often you practice yoga will completely depend on what you want to achieve from it and whether you are a beginner or looking to move your practice to the next level. My yoga goals are to learn to relax and focus on mental strength, along with working on my core and arm strength. I looked up how often I should be practicing yoga a week to achieve these things and found that its recommended to have a short daily practice to gain the mental strength, but for my physical goals I just need a longer practice 2-3 times a week. How many times you should practice yoga weekly will depend on if you are a beginner or more experienced, along with a variety of other considerations.

If you are a beginner it might be best to do a short practice each day to keep you in the habit and get your body used to the poses, while also doing a longer practice in a classroom 2 or 3 times a week. I know when I first started practicing yoga that my body really had to get used to doing some of the poses. You can get into something that looks sort of like downward facing dog, but you must learn how to really pay attention to what each part of your body is doing during a pose. Are you lifting your hips? Are you pushing your heels towards the ground? Are your arms by your ears? There’s so much to think about for each pose so it’s important to take some time each day to practice on your own, but also be in a classroom where they can help guide you.

If you are someone who has practiced yoga for a while and want to take your practice to the next level by trying more advanced poses, you may want to extend your daily practice. This will give you time to build on what you already know and really get mentally prepared for more physically and mentally challenging poses. I’ve been practicing yoga for a while but still haven’t mastered crow pose. This summer I’ve decided to get good at it by adding a crow pose practice at the end of each of my workouts. It seems silly that at this point I haven’t mastered crow pose but I’ve always been a little afraid of inversion poses so I’d like to overcome this starting with crow pose!

Honestly, how often or how long you practice yoga is completely up to you and what you want to achieve. Count it as a success any time you go to your mat. Life is crazy and unpredictable so if you are making an effort and remembering to take care of yourself, that’s what counts. I’d encourage you to think about what you want out of yoga and how you can achieve what that is. Even if that means merely attempting a simple sun salutation or a quick 10-minute morning practice. Good luck on your journey! 🙂