|Ghouls and Girls ready for the Big Night
Happy Hallow Eve all. Today and tonight all sorts of creatures, big and small will roam our neighborhoods. Are you ready? There is a somewhat contained feeling of excitement here in my household. Ghosts and goblins hardly slept at all and I know that I woke up feeling like I went through the Tales of the Crypt episodes. All of our family and community traditions got me thinking about the origins of Halloween. While I was researching these origins, I came across a lot of variations which helped me find my own connection to the holiday. This is just one of the histories to share. Perhaps weave your own traditions into the history of Halloween and enjoy yet another opportunity to be in the moment.
Pursed Lips Breathing
This is a great breath to control shortness of breath and can be done anywhere. Inhale through your nostrils for a count of 2 at the beginning, purse or pucker your lips, and exhale out of the pursed lips for a count of 3 or 4. As your breath regulates, you can inhale and exhale for longer counts. As with any breath, if you begin to feel lightheaded, please return to your normal breath. This breath improves ventilation, releases trapped air in the lungs, induces relaxation, great for when you are exerting yourself in lifting, straining, climbing stairs, slow breathing rate.
Seated Forward Fold on Chair
Props: chair or stool, bolster, blankets, neck pillow
Benefits: lengthens spine, centering, aids in relaxation response,
aids in moving digestive process, grounds through feet and seat
Bring chair or stool close enough to the wall where you can sit
in mountain pose and lean bolster at an angle against the wall.
Place blanket or neck rolls on bolster to rest head on. Additional
blanket on seat for comfort or under feet. Drape arms by sides or
on lap. Breathe into back body, sinking into the prop breath by breath.
Wide Angle Forward Fold
Legs up on Chair
Place a blanket on chair so you don’t feel the hard surface. If you need to elevate the body, you can place a triple fold blanket in front of chair, then place your hips on blanket to one side, swing the legs up onto the seat of the chair as you lower your upper body onto the mat or floor. Use a neck roll to support cervical spine. Place a blanket or sandbag on legs to ground you in the pose. Arms release to the sides with palms turned up. Use an eye pillow to shut out any light for ultimate relaxation. An eye pillow or some type of weighted object (I’ve used stuffed animals) can be placed in open palms to move and free up energy. Stay for up to 10 minutes. Your beginning practice may consist of only 5 minutes. Feel the legs drain, the stress melt away.