Happy National Bird Day!
National Bird Day was established to coincide with the end of the annual Christmas Bird Count. The CBC has been conducted annually for more than a decade and is a wonderful example of citizen science . If the environment is important to you, it’s a great way to get involved, help collect data, and make a difference. You can contact your local Audubon Society chapter to take part in the next global bird count in May.
Some interesting facts for the National Bird Day site:
- Today, nearly 12 percent of the world’s 9,800 bird species may face extinction within the next century, including nearly one-third of the world’s 330 parrot species.
- Birds are sentinel species whose plight serves as barometer of ecosystem health and alert system for detecting global environmental ills.
- The survival and well-being of the world’s birds depends upon public education and support for conservation.
Ready to celebrate birds? I am. You can visit Take Flight Learning to determine #WhichBirdAreYou, print off the mask, and share on social media. Also, there are many yoga poses named after birds, so pick your favorite and share it on social media, too.
I love the modified, restorative versions of pigeon pose. Usually in pigeon, the knee of my forward leg is in line with my shoulder, my forward foot is just under the opposite hip (as opposed to my shin being parallel to the top of the mat), and my hips are WAY up in the air. This is the safe, comfortable way for me to get into pigeon.
When I do want to get my shin parallel to the top of the mat for a deeper hip opening, I use bolsters. There are lots of variations of this pose but these are my favorites. Both versions start the same — with a bolster to support the upper body. The difference between the two is the position of the second bolster.
In version one, my forward shin is parallel to the front and my back leg is supported by the bolster. In version 2, the bolster is placed to support the forward leg with the shin on the floor, the hip and thigh supported by the bolster (and because I’m so short, it catches most of the front of my thigh on my back leg as well). In version 1, there is a stronger stretch in the hip of my forward leg; version 2, allows me to relax that hip more.
If you have any poses you’d like to see modified, let me know. I love that kind of stuff!
Let your imagination take flight,