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.
This is just a small post.
I'm not sure about you, but I love planning the year ahead. Working out and feeling into what I might like to create, how I would like to be, what places I might like to go, recipes to cook, and this planning has been super fun.
But, one piece has been missing. My two beloved teachers Elena Brower and Kelly Sunrose have written and discussed recently, farewelling and reviewing 2016. I feel like it falls into the Niyama of Svadhyaya, self-study.
How are we to grow, change and evolve into the very best of ourselves, if we dont take time to look back and review, flesh out, gently pull apart the last year of our lives?
So. I'm getting ready for my own process of gently reviewing the past year.
Here's what it looks like so far, incase you feel inclined to do the same:
1. Block out.
Take some time, minimum one hour and block it out in your diary. Make this before the end of year get super duper uber crazy. I'm looking at next week.
Scoop up all your notebooks, the diary you used this year, your iphone if you keep appointments there (I'm old school, mines hardcopy). Any pieces of paper you've jotted down plans for this year on. Get a blank notebook, or piece of paper and a nice pen.
Make sure you have a comfortable place to sit, and lay it all out on a table.
4. Light a candle.
Lighting a candle can make this process seem more like a little ritual and quite inviting. Imagine as you like the candle, that you are shining the light on the past year, all of it!
Place your palms togther in Anjali Mudra, at your heart. Take a handful of breaths here. Sink into your sit bones, feel into your breath, feel the warmth of your hands together at your heart center.
Softly and gently. If you had any intentions, wishes, goals or any other plans note what they were.
Here's the practice of self study, in sanskrit Svadhyaya:
What kind of year did you have?
How did you feel your intentions/wishes/goals played out during the year?
What things did you do on the weekend?
Who did you spend time with?
What did you read?
How does it look when you review what your intentions, wishes, and dreams?
Do you feel any sense of alignment? What do you feel; happiness, frustration, disappoinment, joy, pride?
What did you want to happen that didn't happen?
What happened that you had planned?
Loving this work.
Take a peek!