There are many ways in Yoga to nourish and fill your tank. Each person can probably find at least a handful of ways to feel good through the practice of Yoga.
Lately, I've taken time to just sit outside, enjoying a warm drink and soaking up the warmth and feel of this glorious sunshine. Simple.
Did you know by just doing that, your nourishing and tending to yourself. Yes! I know, so simple but so much more. The Yogi's put names to 5 layers of our being, called Koshas. Sitting and soaking up the sunshine and breathing in the fresh air, is nourishment for two of these, your Annamaya Kosha and your Pranamaya Kosha, thats your skin or your most gross physical layer and your vital energy in non Sanskrit terms.
These koshas are subtle layers of our being, and are a way of looking after and nourishing ourselves, beyond the common lingo of “mind, body & spirit”.
If your looking to dive a bit deeper into the Koshas here are a small handful of practices (some of which you may already do) to get you started:
1. Soak up the sunshine (ahem, yes as mentioned above)
2. Breathe in the fresh air (special times; dawn and dusk)
3. Practice the Hum Sa Mantra (quietly saying to yourself; inhale Ham, exhale Sa)
4. Pick a Yoga Sutra, a poem, a value, set an intention and really feel into that, soak it up, embody it and let it become part of who you are and how you are in the world.
5. Find something in nature to be with that helps you settle into a sense of awe, a sense of honour and or reverence, for this magical planet we live on. Let yourself be omazed!
So just there, above are 5 sweet & simple practices. If you’d like to know more about these, Light On Life by BKS Iyengar is a great read. He was a householder like us, managing homes, feeding dogs, cooking meals. He shows us how to nourish these in ourselves, in our daily life. No moving to an ashram required!!
Sweet hugs to you.
I love words. And I adore words in Sanskrit. And English and Italian, Spanish oh and French for sure. And after our trip to Thailand, I love Thai.
When I was 10 my mum gave me a book of Poems, and in it she wrote "For all your hard work in reading and spelling". I loved that book! I treasured it and at her funeral I read a poem from it, which was one of our favourites. I loved and adored my first Thesaurus (I know, funny right) and my first Dictionary. I've always loved books, signs, poetry and chants.
Lately I've become enamoured some particular words and the magical spell they create, and drum roll they are:
Intention // I am ..... or I feel ...
Prayer // May I .... be blessed into usefulness - Ravi Ravindra
Wish // It's my wish that ....
Blessing // I bless you and ....
Sankalpa - Sanskrit for Intention
From my own experience these words and their feeling, are like tiny stars filled with potential. And the potential is for creation. Yes, the creation will look different to each of us. But I feel the lightness and positivity of those words creates space for us to take steps toward what it is we desire to create.
This quote: "If we can feel it in our hearts - not just think it, but also REALLY FEEL IT - then its possible in our lives!" from secrets of the lost mode of prayer by Gregg Braden.
Take a seat, get comfy. Set aside any thoughts or feelings and get cosy with your breath, drop into the rhythm of your own heart. Be here a handful of breaths. When you feel happy and clear, rest your eyes upon these words: Intention, Blessing, Prayer, Wish, Sankapa. Which one appeals to you? Blessing, prayer, wish, intention or Sankalpa. Then maybe write a few words about:
What you might like to dare to wish for?
To aim for?
To bless and let go of?
To pray pray for?
What lies deep in your heart, what do you realllllllllly wish for?
Take a pen, your notebook, jot it down, scribble it, maybe its just a bunch of words right now, or an image or a symbol. Take your time over the next few hours or days and let it come to you. Patience my dear.
Once you feel its complete, write it out on a small piece of paper and place it somewhere where you will see it. It might be beside your bed, it may be inside your wallet (where your bound to see it), or in the car on the dashboard. Whisper it, say it, pray for it, wish for it when the moon is new, feel into it. Get close to it, to the feelings, to the heart of it.
There you go, there's a small practice for you. Enjoy. Okay, really go do this and enjoy it.
Take a peek!