Francisco and I met for breakfast this morning. We ate. We talked. We laughed. We did a little work. And then of course, we were up and playing with poses on the restaurant table. I guess this is what yogis do when they meet for breakfast!
As I leave Curitiba tomorrow, Francisco was reviewing for me 3 hand postures from the beginning of the Carnival Retreat. For anyone that spends a lot of time using their hands in the same repetitive motion, hand postures are super therapeutic. And this is me of course, as I spend most of my day typing on my laptop. But its of particular interest to me currently as I've recently developed something called Reynaud's Syndrome. Living in Canada, its rather inconvenient as this condition is commonly known as an allergy to the cold! When my hands get even the slightest bit cold I loose all blood flow to my fingers. They literally turn whitish yellow, go numb and I loose mobility.
Interestingly, these 3 different Kaiut postures work not only the fingers but the rest of the hand, the wrist, the arm and elbow. By putting essentially everything from the shoulder down into different positions and holding them for a significant period of time I will help my fingers. Everything is connected to everything.
This is one of the things about Kaiut Yoga that I find so compelling. It is a practice for overall quality of body for everybody, and can be tailored to help with specific ailments, areas of chronic pain, and other individual needs.
I will be doing these hand postures nightly before bed so my hands and fingers are resting afterwards. Or maybe I should just move to Curitiba and avoid my hands getting cold altogether! ;)