No matter if you’re into Yoga or not, you’ve probably heard about its health benefits a million times by now. So, I’m going to skip that part today. But has anyone actually ever told you how Yoga FEELS? Because, let’s be real: A list of health benefits is great, but it doesn’t necessarily get you to go to a class, or try a free Yoga video on Youtube. There are so many things that are good for your health in many ways, and we hear about them all the time, be it Yoga, Tai Chi, Massages, Kale, Oil Pulling, Journaling, Meditation, Multivitamins or Fermented Cod Liver Oil (sorry, had to throw that one in there :)). But in the end, we rarely try something because we NEED to, but because we WANT to. And wanting only comes with feelings!
I have a pretty regular morning Yoga practice (think 4-5 times a week), and I love it very much. Oftentimes I follow along with Youtube videos (my favorite teacher by far is Dr. Melissa West, her classes are amazing!), but sometimes I like some good ole freestyle Yoga. I put on some ethereal music (Youtube is great for that, too), and get started…
Now don’t expect high intensity Power Vinyasa from me, I’m more of a Restorative Yoga kinda girl. This morning, as usual, I started with a series of grounding poses to get me out of my head and into my body, and to release some excess energies. While I lie down in Apanasana or Supta Padangusthasana (don’t worry, you don’t have to remember or be able to pronounce the names for the poses to work), I visualize tree roots growing out from the soles of my feet and into the earth. I set the intention to send some excess energies down the roots to the center of the earth and feel waves of energy rushing down my body. The release feels liberating, freeing. I spend a lot of time with my head in the clouds, so regaining my connection to the earth always feels very centering, like I’m actually standing on even ground again and not just floating around. I’m feeling held, supported, and at the same time lighter than before.
After 2-3 grounding poses that I held for a few minutes each, I did a reclined side bend to open up my rib cage and allow more air to enter my lungs. My shoulders and neck area can get very tight, so I love side bends to help me gain a feeling of openness and more of this centered lightness. I can feel a rush of air entering my lungs as they expand like a balloon. My breathing feels deeper, more powerful, and it works with so much more ease. I add Cow’s Face Pose to really open up my shoulders and invite even more sweet, life-giving air in.
Today I felt the urge to do a series of twists. In these poses I get a very clear sense of my center line. It feels good to come home to yourself, gather all thoughts and emotions that are hanging out somewhere in the past or the future, or at some of the places I went the day before. All my energy comes back to me now. I feel strengthened and very focused. I’m in touch with my inner power. I am. Here. Now.
I ended my morning session with Legs Up the Wall and Eagle arms. More opening of the shoulders, while reversing the blood flow in the legs to give them a bit of rest and recharging. The feeling of increased lightness is now entering my legs. I can almost hear them sigh in relief! Holding my arms in the Eagle position, I place my hand on my Third Eye, connecting to my intuition, my inner knowing, my inner vision. I am feeling completely centered now. I observe my thoughts as they come and go, I’m sending loving attention to my body, and I let go of everything that doesn’t serve me anymore. Inside, I feel calm, graceful, focused, and at ease.
Since it was a very slow and gentle practice, I keep my Shavasana short. I get up with a smile and a renewed lightness in my step, ready to tackle the day and get stuff done! Well, after breakfast 😉
Now it’s your turn: How does your Yoga practice make you feel?
What are your favorite poses?
Are you interested in giving Yoga a try?
Please let me know in the comments below! 😃
Sending you much love for the week ahead,
*This post was first published on http://www.energiesinmotion.com on July 18th, 2016