POST-APOCALYPTIC YOGA, ALL LEVELSJanna Layton
Half Moon Pose
Pretend we could see the moon if we looked.
We know it is still there. Reach up to it.
point your fingers and ribs into the distance,
and visualize other survivors
Leg wrapped around leg,
arm wrapped around arm.
This isn’t our old anti-microbial studio floor,
(for those of you who knew it)
but to balance,
think of deep below the surface of the Earth
where our planet is untouched, and root
your foot to that place.
Yes, there are still trees.
Did you see the one by where the coffee shop
used to be, with some leaves still green?
Maybe you feel a cockroach
scurrying over your foot—welcome it.
If you can,
put your hands in prayer position.
Let us get down on our knees,
but not in defeat. Lean back.
Offer your heart up willingly.
Think of camels
and how they have calmly crossed barren deserts
for thousands of years.
There are probably still camels, somewhere.
Don’t look at these crumbled streets
and fallen buildings and think of ruins—
think of deserts.
Think of the kind eyes of the camel.
Don’t get hung up on the name and mourn—
you have other time for that.
The purpose of this pose is to rest your back.
If you’re here, your back has been good to you.
Maybe you have carried jugs of water on your back,
or an injured neighbor, or a camping tent.
Let your spine rest for a moment. Thank it.
But still stretch.
The corpse pose.
There is nothing morbid about it.
We are not corpses yet,
but others are and we do not know
when we will join them.
There is no shame in being a corpse.
But at this moment,
we are alive.
Relax your body against the earth.
Don’t think about the radiation.
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