Picture this…the way a driveway glistens after a rainfall, the somewhat random mowing pattern of my neighbor, which created a mosaic on his lawn, or how each bird call outside my window is not so random and done with intention. I have been noticing the little things in my life this week and each of these discoveries leaves me with a fresh revitalizing feeling. Sort of that “Ahaa” moment that one may get when they learn something new and it resonates with them. The only connection between these examples is that my perception both outward and inward has been awakened.
I am glad for this awakening, as it brings me more to the present. This spring, I have been suffering from the “OMG, is it really the end of May already – Memorial Day!!”. I have felt lost in the warp speed of the days passing. And I have physically lost a few items, a watch, my glasses and a substantial check. Not a coincidence! I am speeding through my days in pace with how fast the days are flying by.
Driveway view, ✓; lawn pattern made from mowing, ✓; sound of the birds calling, ✓; deep breath, ✓, ✓, ✓
The Breathe (Yoga Journal, February 2012)
Breath for Present Moment
Inhale for count of 6 and exhale for count of 6. Continue for at least 2 minutes then return to your natural breath.
Breath to Uplift and Revitalize Your Mind
Inhale for count of 6, retain the breath for count of 3 and exhale for count of 6 and retain the breath for count of 3.
Breath to Activate the Relaxation Response
Inhale for count of 6, retain for count of 3 and exhale for count of 9, retain the breath for count of 3.
Chest and Belly Pose
Props: 2 blankets
Benefits: gently stretches chest, legs, tops of feet, grounding for the mind, belly gets gentle massage, reconnect with flow of breath, relaxing.
Lay one blanket vertically on your mat and another blanket horizontally on top of the first blanket. Come to your belly on the floor so that the pelvis is supported by the top blanket and the chest is supported by the bottom blanket, shoulders can hang off. Open legs wider, relax the pelvis into the floor. Make a pillow with hands or forearms and rest your head. Great transitional pose. Rest for 5 minutes or more.
Legs up Variation
Props: 2 blocks, 3 blankets, neck rolls
Benefits: Supportive, releasing pose for legs, feet, pelvis. Spinal realignment. Helps legs drain of fluid and promotes circulation.
Set two blocks at end of your mat at whatever height you want. Make a flat roll our of one blanket and place on top of the blocks so it doesn’t roll off. The two blankets will stack in front of the blocks (calves rest here), adding any neck rolls or adjustments to support the entire lower leg through to the knees. Rest feet and legs on the supports and arms come to a comfortable distance by your side. Perfect for savasana and instant relaxation.