Dandasana / staff posture

* Sit with legs together and extended straight in front of you. (If hamstring muscles are tight and lower back feels compressed then sit on a block or neatly folded blanket.)
* Draw the flesh of the buttocks out and back behind you.

* Place your hands by your hips with the fingers pointing towards the toes.
* Draw the spine upright from the floor bringing the sacrum (back of pelvis) perpendicular to the floor as you do so.
* Allow the shoulders to descend as the spine ascends.
* Look evenly ahead keeping the breast bone and rib cage raised.


To deepen the lift in the spine

o Broaden extend the heel bones
o Suck in the outer hips
o Lift knees
o Draw top /front thigh bones down/hips in
o Lift from front groins to breast bone as drawing in and up lower belly flesh
o Suck in the front and back of the pelvis towards each other and lift up
o Pull up from front and back pelvic crest to chest
o Suck side ribs in, lift breast bone pulling in and up lumbar spine

Quotes

You shouldn’t chase after the past or place expectations on the future.
What is past is left behind.
The future is as yet unreached.
Whatever quality is present you clearly see right there, right there.
Not taken in, unshaken, that’s how you develop the heart.
Ardently doing what should be done today, for — who knows? — tomorrow death.
There is no bargaining with Mortality & his mighty horde.
Whoever lives thus ardently, relentlessly both day & night, has truly had an auspicious day: so says the Peaceful Sage.

— The Buddha