Memorial Day Flow and Meditation

Today is Memorial Day! Today is a day to pause in remembrance of those who have fought for our country, and gave up their lives doing it.

In our practice today, may we turn our hearts towards remembering, with love and gratitude, our fallen brothers and sisters, and dedicate our practice in their honor.

Flow:

Simple seat, twists, side to side reaches, and fold forward

Seated forward fold

Right/Left Head-to-Knee

Wide legged seated forward fold, right/left

Table top – Cat/cow

Tiger pose

Puppy pose

Downward Facing Dog

Sun Salutation A 1-2x

Root through right foot, raise left leg bent 90 degrees as if high-step marching

Maintain balance, as you send left foot back behind the body into running man balance

Without dropping left foot, draw left foot forward and wrap left leg around right leg for eagle pose

Unravel eagle pose, maintaining balance on right leg, send left leg back behind the body for warrior 3

*Repeat 2-3x on left side*

*Repeat 2-3x on right side*

Standing forward fold

Vinyasa, end in down dog

Step through right foot for warrior 1

Humble warrior

Warrior 2

Extended side angle

Reverse warrior

Warrior 3

Mountain pose

Standing forward fold

Vinyasa, end in down dog

Step through left foot for warrior 1

Humble warrior

Warrior 2

Extended side angle

Reverse warrior

Warrior 3

Mountain pose

Standing forward fold

Vinyasa, end in down dog

*repeat as needed*

3 legged down dog, right leg, sweep through to pigeon

Queen pigeon

Back to down dog

Three legged down dog, left leg, sweep through to pigeon

Queen pigeon

Back to down dog, drop knees, child’s pose

Hands off to the left, right

Rise up for camel pose

Seated forward fold

Corpse pose

Meditation:

George S. Patton is quoted as saying,

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.”

May our remembrance bring us not into the darkness of mourning today, but rather into a place of great thanks and gratitude for the lives and bravery of such individuals that have gone into battle and died for our country.

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