Updated: Apr 16, 2020
When you're next on 'the mat' cast all worries and troubles aside for a moment and imagine you are on a quiet beach where you can see the calm blue sea, hear the waves gently lapping over the shore and feel the warmth of the golden orange sunshine, penetrating every part of your body.
Imagining this beautiful place, brings you into your own safe refuge where you can reconnect with yourself, simply enjoy the luxury of being in the moment, feel the sensations in the body as the breath takes you deeper into the stretch and slowly respond and surrender yourself as the body gradually begins to unwind.
Give yourself an opportunity to feel happy and alive as you gently move through four yoga poses to refresh, restore and deeply connect your body inside and out.
Restoring from Within In plough pose - Halasana, the mind, emotions and internal organs are all stimulated.
When we are using our breath to sustain the posture it can help to purify and clarify thoughts, ideas, notions and feelings that perhaps we hadn't tuned into before. Going upside down helps to give us a sense of reality about what's going on in our life and perhaps in that moment to see things from a different perspective.
As we hinge backwards from the waist, bringing the hips above the shoulders the heart has a rest and the brain gets a boost. Take a moment to raise your heart above your head, breathe and relax into the posture. Allow yourself to be absorbed into the flow of your breath for a few minutes.
Unwinding All The Parts
In seated forward bend - Paschimottanasana the body hinges from the waist into a seated forward bend.
This is a strong pose as it stretches the spine and massages the internal organs, especially the digestive system.
The body folds almost in half in this posture so its important not to force the upper body forward, instead keep the back straight and bring the chest down towards the knees while the head is in line with the spine and the gaze is towards the feet. It's not how far you can go in this pose, rather how far you can withdraw into your senses.
As you settle with the breath the muscles begin to release as the fascia - connective tissue unwinds. After three or four breaths the physical element of the pose begins to desolve and the body moves into a level of lightness as the mind settles with the stillness.
Holding the posture for eight to ten breaths and using the exhalation to go deeper will enhance the benefits of this posture. A truly relaxing and great feel good factor posture.
Invigorate to Refresh
For wide leg forward bend -Prasarita Padottanasana the body folds forward from a wide leg standing point with a firm foundation through the feet.
This is an invigorating posture, bringing vitality to the spine by releasing tension, refreshing the body, mind and spirit. When we allow our head to hang loose and the neck to release we can really give in to the pose and fee