Supta Baddha Konasana

This entry was posted on September 14, 2020 by Charlotte Bell.

2020 is the "gift" that at all times provides. It began with the rise of COVID in March. Even in case you stayed wholesome, likelihood is the virus has modified your life in some ways. Now we’re navigating the hurricane season and record-breaking forest fires on the west coast. Just just a few days in the past, an unprecedented windstorm hit the valley of the salt lake and uprooted numerous timber, which brought on harm within the neighborhoods and parks across the valley. And oh sure, there was an earthquake right here in April. Fortunately, there are methods to maintain the ballast going even within the midst of seemingly fixed upheaval. Mindful yoga workouts might be our life jacket on stormy seas.

Part of what makes occasions like this worrying is that they remind us that we’re unable to regulate a lot of what occurs in our lives. The onslaught of uncontrollable disasters is overwhelming and demanding. But the reality is that even when our lives appear calm, modifications are nonetheless going down – each single second. We simply don't discover it that a lot when our lives go on undisturbed.

This is the fundamental precept of mindfulness meditation. When we cease and look deeply into our expertise, we see the method of fixed change in each single second. By merely observing our senses, we will see for ourselves how seeing, sounding, tasting, smelling, touching and considering are continually rising and disappearing. We see that nothing stays because it was earlier than. Observing this moment-to-moment change course of helps us to turn into extra acquainted with the modifications in our lives.

Sutra 1.2 within the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali says: "Yoga is the calming of the mind in silence." (Translation by Alistair Shearer) This silence doesn’t depend upon exterior or inside situations. It is a silence that’s inherent in all of us. It is the peaceable core of each being. While aware yoga can’t assist us management what is occurring in our life, it may possibly assist us entry this peaceable core.

Meditation and aware yoga practices

Here are some ideas for aware yoga observe:

  1. Begin your train by sitting quietly in a cushty place. You can sit on a meditation cushion or perhaps a chair if you want.
  2. Lean again in your physique so that you simply don't lean ahead. This is a delicate however highly effective adjustment. When you lean ahead, there’s rigidity within the physique. When you sit again, you might be extra receptive to no matter comes up.
  3. Now really feel the contact factors in your physique – your hips, legs and ft. Relax in your base. What else is occurring within the physique? Does your vitality really feel heavy or gentle, quick or sluggish, excited or calm?
  4. Now open your sense of listening to. Are there noises round you? If so, sit again and allow them to come and go naturally. Feel the sound vibration in your physique.
  5. Notice your respiration. Notice the rhythm, depth, and bodily sensations related to the growth and launch of the inhalation and exhalation.
  6. What is the panorama of the thoughts? Are there any ideas? Are there feelings? How does your thoughts react to what you might be observing?
  7. Stay with it for no less than 5 minutes. You can observe for so long as you need.

Then observe aware yoga on the identical stage of shut commentary. Below are some ideas for grounding poses that may assist calm your vitality. Remember that practising for an aggressive, highly effective intention will upset your thoughts. For a extra aware yoga observe, hold your consciousness in your physique and be open to the moment-to-moment sensations as your poses unfold.

  • Balance Poses: You can observe standing, sitting, or inverted balancing poses. These might help collect a scattered thoughts.
  • Standing Poses: Like balancing poses, standing poses are inclined to floor the body-mind.
  • Restorative Yoga: Restorative Yoga was actually developed with the intention of calming the nervous system. It is a staple for aware yoga observe.
  • Seated ahead bends: Seated ahead bends calm the nervous system so long as we method them with persistence and type consideration.
  • Savasana: Do not neglect your savasana. It actually is an important pose in any yoga observe, however particularly in a aware yoga observe. Give your self no less than 15 minutes. This means your nervous system has sufficient time to transition into physiological rest. If you possibly can handle 20 minutes, even higher.

We might not be capable of management what is occurring in our life. But by means of meditation and aware yoga observe, we will entry the unshakable and infinite peace that may information us by means of even probably the most tough instances.

About Charlotte Bell

Charlotte Bell found yoga in 1982 and commenced instructing in 1986. Charlotte is the writer of Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: A Guide to Daily Practice, printed by Rodmell Press. Her second e-book, Yoga for Meditators (Rodmell Press), was printed in May 2012. She writes a month-to-month column for CATALYST Magazine and is an editor for Yoga U Online. Charlotte is a founding member of GreenTREE Yoga, a nonprofit that brings yoga to colleges and underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte performs the oboe and cor anglais within the Salt Lake Symphony and within the people sextet Red Rock Rondo, whose DVD gained two Emmy awards in 2010.

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