Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday I'm in Love: Viparita Karani

Last Friday, I was feeling a bit amorous, specifically while leafing through the April issue of Men's Journal featuring my frog-eating, freezing-lake-dipping, campfire-building, charismatic-even-while-wadding-through-bat-sh*t crush, Bear Grylls. So much so, that I was inspired to start a new tradition. Each Friday, I'll highlight something with which, of late, I am feeling smitten.

Why Fridays, you ask? Simply as homage to The Cure song from 1992 of the same name. Good title. Good song. Good topic for a regular blog post.

This week, there's one thing that's making me swoon. One tiny pleasure that sends joy right down, err, up into my aching, marathoning toes. It's possibly the single best yoga pose of all time, for all eternity: Viparita Karani.

After 26.2 miles, I wanted one thing- not Gatorade, not potato chips, certainly no more bananas or bagels- just the opportunity to put up my weary legs and let gravity take care of the rest. No need to endure a marathon to enjoy this asana though; it's wonderful for anyone who spends time on his/her feet. Fashionistas, it's near mandatory if you wear killer heels.

As always, please feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts. Is there a yoga pose, product, person, service, style, or trend that's sending your heart aflutter today?


Dish This! said...

I'm in love w/ outdoor dining!! (shameless plug: I also am in love with the word, "smitten." Great word.

Also, that pose looks amazing. I kind of want to do that right now, but feel people at work might be weirded out...

Jenn said...

I'm in love with your new tag "I'm in love." It'll be all set to go when I write in with my big news. Heee's a comin... I feel it!

Congratulations on your first 26.2!

(I'm also smitten over spring skiing, which is what I was recovering from the day of the marathon.)

dfg said...

mmmmm, so much time between amour,
is Love worth waiting for?

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) said...

Yes! I agree. I love any pose that makes me want to stay in it forever!

vtyogi said...

I love the feel of my hamstrings and calves in my first down dog of the day!!!