Lately, more students are asking for a little something for home. We've had fun doing this after class a few weeks back, and just last night I thought "hey, your students might like this Sara".
This little evening practice is a balm for me after a busy day socialising. I'm not sure I'm an "introvert" but I certainly need to balance the outgoing energy with energy from being quiet and doing things like... well, yes Yoga!
So I've called this The Residual. It's a few ideas for digesting the residual energy from being busy, or having a full day. I was talking with a family member and they were saying that they can't go straight to sleep after a big day out... that there's all sorts of thoughts, energy and that it can take time to calm down. This energy is kinda the 'residual', its the buzz after!
So here's a little Yin practice that I hope might help you in this busy, fun and full season.
First is Legs Up The Wall.... just do that. Smooch up to the wall with your choice of hip, then carefully swing your legs up and lie your torso down. If that's pulling on your legs, move your hips a little away from the wall. If you need support for your head, put a pillow or blanket underneath it. 2 mins here (or more!)
Second: Hero Pose. Nice to rest here. Find a nice tall spine, and cuddle up to your breath. Notice it. That's all. Nice pose for digestion too; food, emotions, energy. If you need to, prop a blanked between your bottom and heels. 2 mins here (or more haha)
Third: Prayer Pose or Wide Legged Balasana (Childs pose). I really like this one after a day's standing or sitting. It lets me lengthen out my shoulders & spine. I also like the word prayer, and resting my forehead toward the earth lets me feel like I can surrender a little and just trust. 3 mins (or you know...)
Last but not least: Savasana. Lie down, get comfy. Tuck your shoulders under and your chin in. Be here for 5 minutes if you can.
I hope you enjoy this little sequence. Its not really focused on a "meridian" per se, but on working with the days posture and activity. I did it in today's clothes as I want you to know that some days you don't even need to get changed! You can do yoga in whatever, J Crew, Bonds, Lulu... doesn't matter, it just matters that you do it.
It has certainly been a while since I posted here. There's a few reasons for that of course.
I've been busy with kids, tending to my home, getting ready for Christmas and really getting clear on what I'm up to as a Yoga Teacher.
As you may know, there's so many offerings for you as a student, and even for me as a teacher. And wherever I go, in a way I take you with me. So I've been sitting. Reading. Meditating. And getting some clarity on what that all means.
And it does take time. Its not simple. But once your there its clear as daylight. Crisp, clear and bright.
Here's a peak at what is brewing in my yoga pot:
Sunshiny You - A 2 hour class weaving yin yoga, meditation, mantra and ritual together for your most shiny self. Late March.
Truly You - A 4 week course blending Yin Yoga, Mediation, Yoga Sutras, Heart Talk and a few other magical ingredients together.
You may notice that most of my workshops weave Yin Yoga into them. This is intentional. I feel that Yin yoga lends itself toward more introspection, slowing down, collecting your thoughts, than other types of asana. It feels true to offer this to you all!
Be back soon!
It's no secret that Cleo Wade is one of my super hero's! Why? Because she writes inspiring messages like this one below, because she is so on point with the direction of her life and her choices reflect that. She's clear, she's on a mission and her heart is big and wide.
What does it mean to turn into the person you always wanted to be?
How does that relate to Yoga?
And how do we know who we want to be?
It means to look around your current life like a detective. There are clues errrrywhere, here's some starters:
Look at your Pinterest account, who and what is showing up?
What characters on your TV show's fascinate you?
What Public Figures capture your interest?
What books are you reading, and what characters are in them that your drawn to?
What do you love to do?
Where do you love to go?
What lights you up?
Take a note book or piece of paper and write it all down, do a mind dump. Make it creative if you like, but just start!
Yoga is about living skilfully. Yoga is about following your dharma, your own magical blue print. The above questions might help unearth that. We each have unique qualities, inherent gifts, things that make you "you", your "ness" as Randy tells Carl in the movie You, Me and Dupree. Randy goes on to tell Carl he lost his Carlness! Randy tells Carl, that his "ness" is a thing "its a verb, its a conjunction, its a philosophy, its a preposition, its a way of life, its your naaaaaame with ness attached to it".
Your "ness" is whats makes you "you". Cleo writes to turn into the person you've always wanted to be, and that yes, its going to be fun. The person you've always wanted to be, is already in you. Because you've seen it and recognised it, you feel drawn to it for a reason. Its part of your blueprint, part of your life unfolding, part of you becoming the most "you" you can be!
So, go small. Start with teeny steps that make it so easy you simply can't fail!
If you want to be that lady at 78 that rides her bike, start riding to the shop or to Yoga and back.
If you want to be that lady that does Yoga in her 80's, get to class once a week.
If you want to dance the Salsa, book a class.
Want to swim into your 90's, get wet!
Start small. And as my favourite Yoga text says:
"In this Yoga, no effort goes to waste,
and no momentum is lost,
even a little of this dharma rescues one from great fear".
Bhagavad Gita 2.40
What practices do you need to set up, to get in place, so these things can happen? How can you flourish in your choices? Review your day and put in place some little pockets for magic to happen.
This beautiful Sanskrit word Sharanam, means to take shelter, or a place of refuge. Can you find a little spot in your home, a seat, where you can set aside some time in your morning to review your next most best self, the little practices you'd like to do? This break is a little refuge for you, a shelter from the responsibilities of life, to dream a little, perhaps plan small sustainable steps for this life you'd like to step towards.
Yoga Postures to go with this practice:
5 minute seat // Concentration on your natural and regular breath
Savasana // 5 minutes to lie down and be with yourself
Love Sara x