Awesome news! I have created my first yoga relaxation CD. It’s for people not necessarily in to yoga, but who need help to relax. The disc has three tracks- one for the morning before the day begins, one for at the end of the day, to get you in a restful state, ready to sleep and one creative visualisation suitable for any time of the day. Can’t wait for feedback from those I’ve sold already – people let me know soon!
This week we concentrated our yoga postures on Svadhisthana, the sacral chakra area, located below the navel and above the pubic bone. The outcome was totally different to last week, where everyone finished the night blissed out, grounded and relaxed.
This week after the bowl meditation everyone was energised and alive. I believe this was a combination of the work we had done during our yoga postures, where much effort was concentrated on this section of the body, which included the lower back and adrenal glands. This stimulated the production of adrenalin and brought everyone to life.
Svadhisthana is the seat of our creativity and procreativity and what better way to open up to this, than by stimulating the body with appropriate yoga postures, allowing for greater absorption and complementary healing energy of the crystal bowl vibrations to enter into our being.
It was great to see this in action and I can’t wait for week three to see how Manipura the centre of our emotions and feelings effects our group.
Recently I was asked what my favourite yoga pose was and I really had to stop and think…after a moment I realised that I actually didn’t have just one favourite, it all depends on what kind of day I have had, what I think my body needs and if I am up for a challenge or just a good stretch.
When I have been bent over a computer at work all day and not moving enough I enjoy doing a variation of http://www.yogadancer.com/Pattra/Gomukhasana.shtml#Prep.Usually I do this from a standing position, just to open up the shoulder blades and get some energy and movement happening again. Another posture that helps is the Downward Facing Dog pose http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/491 which works into the shoulder blades and stretches the calf muscles and spine at the same time.
If my hips and lower back feel tight then a series of lunges feels just right http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/2494
To work on my core and tighten and strengthen my belly I do an assortment of postures that incorporate the boat pose http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/489
If I just want to have a good overall stretch and some fun with it, I usually go for one of my vinyasa (sequence) flows. An example of a vinyasa flow is Surya Namaskar (Salute to the Sun) http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/1040 there are literally many, many variations of this group of flowing postures, but all of them are a great tonic for the whole body and mind.
When I have time to do some intensive practice I often pick something that I am not so good at and work on it over a period of time, until I master it, such as the Crane Pose http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/468
Well I could go on, but I hope you are getting the right impression that yoga is not a static thing and one of its great advantages is that it can be used as a tool to help you no matter what is happening in your life at any time. This brings me to Meditation, try some of these http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/finder/browse_categories/p_meditation
What are your favourite postures? I would love to hear from you.