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.