Through yoga, we begin to understand that everything has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Our practice is what helps us be more in the flow of everything which is constantly and always changing.
in the yoga pose Gomukhāsana, or cow face pose. It’s a seated hip opener that represents a cow head. The legs are bent and stacked on top of one another at the knees (cow mouth) and the arms assume archer’s arms (cow ears). Cow face is the best face we assume for people in our world whom we love and care about deeply. We learn to put our best cow face forward!
It is how you choose to show up in the best way for your family, friends, and even some acquaintances in need. Your cow face should reflect how good of a listener you are to a struggling friend, how you as a parent choose to help your kids when they are in a bind, or how great of a dog parent you are. We all have these beautiful tendencies, our cow faces. These are our ways of showing our love and ability to care and to take care of our tribe.
The next time you find yourself attempting cow face pose, instead of focusing on how tight your shoulders and your hips are, focus on something else. How could you put your best cow face forward for yourself in the pose?
A reminder of unconditional self-love and acceptance? An effort to put your best cow face forward for yourself or a loved one? Or a gentle reminder to take a step back from the need to control or wallow in expectation. This is when we breathe, feel into our bodies and heart (get present).