Yoga for Your Seder Table - Triangle Pose
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Yoga for Your Seder Table - Triangle Pose
It must have been pretty exhausting building the pyramids and the Children of Israel probably had very sore legs and backs. Trikonasana, or Triangle Pose, is good for increasing strength and healing injuries. We read in the Hagaddah how ‘everyone who increases the story of leaving Egypt is praiseworthy’. In other words, the more creative you are, the more points you get. So why not get creative? Whenever the word ‘slave’ is mentioned you could get everyone around the table to do Triangle Pose so that they can remember the pyramids, and whenever there is a mention of ‘freedom’, everyone has to do Camel Pose. After all, it is the camels which helped shlep our stuff to freedom, to the Holy Land, to Eretz-HaKodesh...
Marcus J Freed is a studio-trained yogi, yeshiva-trained educator, published author and classically-trained actor. Check out more Kosher Sutras at www.bibliyoga.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your free weekly Kosher Sutra. Discover more about his general programs at www.marcusjfreed.com.
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