Have you ever watched the Ted series of talks. I’ve checked out some of the more “gone viral” ones like the woman who had the stroke and was experiencing it with her right side of the brain or Jillian Pransky’s Tedx Talk on Metta Meditation (You Tube) but today I came across this talk on Gratitude. Beautiful visuals to accompany the beautiful passages shared by the speaker, a child and a person of age. Enjoy and maybe at the end of the talk, journal about what you are grateful for.
Hugs with Breath
In either Tadasana and Sukhasana (Seated post), on your inhale swing arms up overhead and on the exhale bring them into your body with a hug, then swing arms on the inhale out to the sides and bring in with a hug on exhale, two times. Lastly, inhale and bring arms down by your side and exhale hug in. Repeat if necessary to open the chest, shoulders and feel the connection between breath and movement. Repeat as needed for self-love.
Inhaling and Celebrating the Season
We were picking the colorful leaves up and flinging them into the air with this one. Exhale to pick up the leaves, inhale fling them up into the sky with wild abandon. Now go outside and try this with some actual leaves. Add a just raked pile of leaves and jump into them with all the joy of a child.
Supported Forward Fold (or Seated Childs Pose)
Props: bolster, blankets
Benefits: gently stretch the back, hamstrings, ankles, decompressing and grounding, may aid in digestion, feel connection to breath
Fold over one blanket to sit on and slide a bolster or stack of blankets under the legs at the knee joint. Placing enough blankets on your top legs so that your head is supported with room to breathe through your nose. Bring your arms to a comfortable position. Stay with breath and let your body melt into the floor and supports. 10-15 minutes. Stretch your body anyway that feels good afterward.
Savasana – Yoginis Choice
|Al rocked this one against the column.