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.
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.
What a wonderful time we had together at The Big Chill, a 2 hour class I offered together with Kaz from Fig and Fennel Candles and Mel from Gypsylove Malas!
The intention was to offer a class designed for some seriously deep relaxation, of the Yoga variety. From the feedback I feel like we totally delivered that, which makes me feel so awesome!
So thank you for coming and for being part of this.
Here's a small little one pager I put together for you, to keep you super chilled and relaxed during what can be a busy, fun, exhausting time of year.
I hope you enjoy it and that you make some time for yourself, look after YOU!
Be back in 2017.