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Look Up

I have 422 friends yet I am lonely
I speak to all of them everyday yet none of them really know me
The problem I have sits in the space in-between
Looking into their eyes or at a name on a screen

I took a step back and opened my eyes
I looked round and realised
This media we call social is anything but
when we open our computers and it’s our doors we shut

All this technology we have it’s just an illusion
Community, companionship, a sense of inclusion
When you step away from this device of delusion
You awaken to see a world of confusion

A world where we’re slaves to the technology we mastered
Where information gets sold by some rich, greedy bastard
A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion
Where we all share our best bits but leave out the emotion

We’re at our most happy with an experience we share
But is it the same if no one is there?
Be there for your friends and they’ll be there too
But no one will be if a group message will do

We edit and exaggerate, crave adulation
We pretend not to notice the social isolation
We put our words into order till our lives are glistening
We don’t even know if anyone is listening

Being alone isn’t the problem let me just emphasise
If you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise
You’re being productive and present not reserved and reclused
You’re being awake and attentive and putting your time to good use

So when you’re in public and you start to feel alone
Put your hands behind your head, step away from the phone
You don’t need to stare at your menu or at your contact list
Just talk to one another, learn to co-exist

I can’t stand to hear the silence of a busy commuter train
When no one wants to talk for the fear of looking insane
We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies
To engage with one another and look into someone’s eyes.

We’re surrounded by children who since they were born
Have watched us living like robots and think it’s the norm
It’s not very likely you’ll make world’s greatest Dad
If you can’t entertain a child without using an iPad

When I was a child I’d never be home
I’d be out with my friends, on our bikes we’d roam
I’d wear holes in my trainers and graze up my knees
Or build our own clubhouse high up in the trees

Now the park is so quiet it gives me a chill
See no children outside and the swings hanging still
There’s no skipping, no hopscotch, no church and no steeple
We’re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people

So look up from your phone, shut down the display
Take in your surroundings, make the most of today
Just one real connection is all it can take
To show you the difference that being there can make

Be there in the moment as she gives you the look
That you remember forever as when love overtook
The time she first held your hand or first kissed your lips
The time you first disagreed but still loved her to bits

The time you don’t have to tell hundreds of what you’ve just done
Because you want to share this moment with just this one.
The time you sell your computer so you can buy a ring
For the girl of your dreams who is now the real thing

The time you want to start a family and the moment when
You first hold your little girl and get to fall in love again
The time she keeps you up at nights and all you want is rest
And the time you wipe away the tears as your baby flees the nest

Revolved Abdomen Pose, Jathara Parivartanasana

By Yoga Lily 6 years ago
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How to do Revolved Abdomen Pose, Jathara Parivartanasana: Yoga Poses Twists

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Jathara Parivartanasana – This supported spinal twist gently squeezes the abdominal organs, releasing stored toxins. The initial version can work wonders as a mobiliser and pain relief for tight lower backs. The full Revolved Abdomen Pose is a strong abdominal toner.

1. Lie flat on your back on the floor. Press the lower back into the floor and lengthen the spine. Open arms to shoulder height palms down on the floor.

2. Draw the chin in towards the chest, allowing the back of the neck to length. Relax the shoulders away from the ears.

3A – Revolved Abdomen Pose

3A – Revolved Abdomen Pose

3. Exhale and raise both knees toward the chest. Inhale and expand breath in the chest (3A). Exhale and drop both knees together toward the right. Keep both shoulders in contact with the floor and turn your head to the left (3B). Inhale as you bring the knees back to the chest. Then exhale as you drop the knees to the left to practice on the other side.

3B – Revolved Abdomen Pose

3B – Revolved Abdomen Pose

4. After five repetitions on each side drop the knees to the right and hold for several, long luxurious breaths. On each inhalation imagine the spine lengthening toward the crown of the head. On each exhalation anchor down the back shoulder a little more. Experiment with the position of the knees.

Moving them closer to the armpit or farther away will change the way you feel the stretch on the back.

5. Once you have warmed up in this easy version, practice this pose using straight legs if possible. First swivel your hips to the right, so your toes point toward your left hand.


6. On an exhalation, lower your legs, toes aiming toward the fingertips. Inhale to come up, swivel the hips to the left, and repeat on the other side. Build to 5 repetitions on each side.


7. On the last repetition, legs to the left, hold the toes or side of the left foot with your hand and stretch both heels away as you revolve your abdomen to the right. Let the right side of your back press down to the floor as you gaze over the right hand. Stay for several breaths before repeating on the right side.

Gaze: to the back hand

Counter poses:


  • If your shoulder lifts up as your knees drop toward the floor, move that hand down towards the buttocks until both shoulders can come close to the floor.
  • Leave the head looking upward if the neck is restricted.
  • Bend your knees rather than straightening them.

Effect: strengthening, centering

Therapeutic Applications of Jathara Parivartanasana, Revolved Abdomen Pose:

  • Stress and anxiety: It is said that practicing this pose is good for relieving stress and anxiety. It is often prescribed to those suffering from depression and insomnia.
  • Fatigue: The pose is not only relaxing but also re-energizing. As such, it has been known to be effective for those who feel tired all the time.
  • Headaches: The revolved abdomen pose is also good for those suffering from migraines and headaches.

Performing the Revolved Abdomen Pose is an excellent way to realign and lengthen your spine while strengthening the area of your abdomen. Including this pose to your daily routine can enable your mind and body to release toxins and tension and can make you feel refreshed and rebalanced all through the day.

Benefit to the body:

  • Strengthening of the back along with the spine and all the muscles of the abdomen, particularly the obliques.
  • Easing of stiffness and increases flexibility in the shoulders, chest, hips, lower back and spine.
  • The pose helps in proper digestion.
  • Improved blood circulation throughout the body.
  • The compression of the organs that is caused with this pose releases metabolic waste and toxins. The organs also get fresh oxygenated blood.
  • There are many benefits to twisting the spine. When the spine twists and stretches not only will the spinal discs be hydrated but it will also realign, relax and lengthen the spine.


Jathara Parivartanasana, Revolved Abdomen Pose Counter Poses

In yoga we use a counter pose in a sequence; For example, a twist follows a backbend to “neutralise” the spine, or a forward bend follows a backbend to help lengthen the spine and calm the nervous system.

Locust Pose, Salabhasana full position

Locust Pose, Salabhasana



East Stretch Posture, Purvottanasana

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 Yoga Lily

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Lili has been studying and practising yoga in China & UK for 20 years, and teaching since 2007 (7 years in the UK). She draws inspiration from her training within established, classical yoga systems that focus on alignment, hatha vinyasa in its gentler form, yin, yin/yang, and restorative yoga styles, pranayama and meditation; blending the roots of Chinese healing traditions into a more holistic practice. For her, practice covers not just the physical aspects of yoga but also aligning and unblocking the bodies meridian energy pathways to release Qi energy (prana) which flows through the bodies energy highway, bringing the mind, body and spirit back into balance. “I am continually humbled by my students and teachers, my aim is always to teach from the heart and from the idea that yoga is the art of living, listening and learning, to embody this deeply spiritual tradition” – Lili Chen.