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We must let our weight root us down in order to lift up. First, identify the roots in the asana. In standing poses, the roots are the feet.

Spread each foot wide, stretching the toes out to increase the surface of your base. Plant each foot firmly, as if digging into and through the ground. Let your weight sink firmly and equally into the feet, keeping the pressure equally on the toes, heels, and both sides of the feet. From that heaviness in my rooting, I can press down to find length and lightness in the rest of the body, letting the transmission of forces through my bone elongate me into the full posture.

In adho mukha svanasana, the roots are spread between the hands and the feet. Over time, this can create tension in the shoulders which carry the weight rather than transmit it and lower back which rounds in place of lengthening.

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Instead, if we root strongly into the pose, we can find lightness in the rest of the body and let the spine elongate and push the hips towards the sky. For this, spread the fingers wide and press the outer edges of the hands into the ground, spreading the weight away from the wrist joint. From this firm grip, push the floor away so that the shoulders rotate externally i. If needed, keep the knees bent and the heels of the floor, but firmly push the toes and balls of the feet into the floor. The opposite directions of force created by the push of the hands and feet will be transmitted through the body and meet at the hips, creating lightness, balance and stability in the pose.

In arm balances, rooting through the hands is key to lifting up.

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Spreading the fingers widely and pressing them into the floor not only protects the wrist joint, but also allows us to better use the intrinsic muscles of the hands to adjust our balance. From there, we simply need to bring our center of gravity over the base formed by the hands, and push against to floor to lift up. Even sitting poses have roots! The ischial tuberosity, aka sitting bones, must be firmly anchored to the ground in order to find our length in the torso. A firm based is established when the sitting bones form a strong support for the pelvis and that by letting the weight of the upper body press into the ground, the spine can effortlessly lengthen.

And this is where the magic happen: when we press down, we lift up! By focusing on strong rooting, we find steadiness and ease in the pose. By keeping the roots heavy, we find lightness in the rest of the body. Instead, I prefer to let the practice of the bandha happen naturally, where it becomes not so much a muscle contraction, but an energetic lock.

When we start understanding our rooting and find strong grounding in our asanas, mula bandha and udyana bandha simply happen. Youre so cool!

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Kenya Smith, the city's chief of intergovernmental relations, said city leaders intended to establish New Orleans-run centers in every area where large numbers of evacuees were known to be living. The centers would be clearinghouses for information, providing neighborhood-by-neighborhood details about floodwaters and cleanup efforts, utilities and phone service.

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Smith said, plans will have to be tailored to the different segments of society. Smith said. Incentives are being discussed for evacuees who were better off. Braxton said, emphasizing the importance of improved infrastructure and storm protections. View all New York Times newsletters.

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Magee, the golfer, says the storm will change the city's demographics. Some people faithful to New Orleans will return no matter what. Andrews said. And it doesn't matter what's left there. I'm going to rebuild even if I have to hold a shovel and a horn at the same time. But countless others were dissatisfied with their lives in New Orleans and were already thinking about leaving before the storm hit.

Barconey, a year-old nurse, citing the high poverty rate and poor public education. Before the hurricane, the city was making itself better for both the middle class and the working class.


Mayor C. In fact, many residents had begun to move back to the city's core around the French Quarter, into newly gentrified areas like the Warehouse District along the Mississippi River and the Faubourg Marigny. City officials hope the rebuilding effort will bolster their economy. Bricklayers, plumbers, woodworkers, contractors.

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So is it going to be difficult? Yeah, and they might put off moving back for a while. But I do believe people want to come back to their home. Given how she feels now, Ms. Barconey says the makeover will have to be extreme. I'm serious. I'm not putting myself in that same predicament.