Well there aren’t too many paths, walkways, streets, open right now as we are in the midst of La Paix – The Storm of the Century. Some paths are well marked while others not so much. And other paths to our inner self have become obscured, covered. Take an approach to self love this Valentine’s and reconnect with yourself. A tool like the Wellness Wheel may help pinpoint which path you may need to go down next.
*For more articles on wellness from Philadelphia Integrative Medicine, see their website http://www.philly-im.com . There is also an upcoming workshop on self love at Moyo Yoga on March 8th.
What Does Self-Love Look Like?
Benefits: improves posture, alignment, centering, grounding pose, very stabilizing.
Props: Wall, 2 blankets, neck roll, strap. Can add additional blankets for more support under knees or elsewhere.
Place a folded blanket next to wall to sit on. Sit with back against the wall, legs out straight in front of you (use blankets to support knees if need be). May add a strap around thighs if the legs tend to roll out (keeps tadasana alignment) Add neck roll(s) to neck or back of head for comfort. Begin with arms crossed over chest by heart center, breathing into the heart chakra. After a few minutes, let the arms rest by your side or on your legs, continue to take full inhalations and exhalations.
Heart Opening Supported Pose (Minimal Prop)
Benefits: open chest, relax lower back and hips, create better flow of breath, open shoulders
Props: 2-3 blankets
Place one blanket, larger rectangle shape down lengthwise on mat, then another blanket on top but fold over top end to create a pillow for the head and neck. As you recline over the blankets, bring the hips to the floor. Knees bend touching, feet wide on mat. Stay for at least 5 minutes.
Childs-Pose – Straddle Variation (with chair)
Benefits: calming, gently stretches lower back, nice transition from the days activities. A good pose to do if you need a few minutes break from your daily work, easy to do and easily accessible. Good for headaches. Breathing is easier since muscles of the respiratory system are relaxed.
Place blanket single-fold on chair draping down. Legs can stretch through chair or straddle or cross-legged. Arms placed folded on chair in front of you. Rest forehead on arms. Tilt chin slightly toward your chest. Close eyes. For comfort or lower back issues, sit on blanket, add rolled up blankets under knees if legs in straddle, or blocks/blankets under knees if cross legged. May add a blanket at sacrum for grounding.