Mediation is a huge tool to connect with yourself. This Nidra – designed to allow you to fall asleep, was recorded for my Year of YOU group during the COVID lockdowns. We agreed that being curled up in your own home after a Nidra is a fantastic way to practice “Yoga Sleep” and not need to wake up, haul yourself out into the cold, scrape your windshield and drive home. This is divine. Recorded so that you can turn over and turn off my voice as soon as you are ready to float into sleep.
Enjoy this deep dive into 3 of the sets of qualities that Ayurveda asks you to analyze in your being. Feeling your body’s response to what you need right now.
What if we could sync into inner wisdom and connect to an all knowing doctor who could help us steer clear of pitfalls in our health? What if we could find our personal in-house doctor, willing to tell us everything that we need to know, if only we are able to hear what the doctor has to say. Tapping into this can be better than a pill. Ownership of this connection creates confidence and independence. It creates a high of its own. I want to share with you how I tap into my body’s inner wisdom.
The practice starts with an attempt to filter the cultural message enough to allow our body truth to be heard. We think we will need to coax this wisdom out of our bodies, but in reality, when we are ready, it is effortless, because this inner advice-giver is just as eager to connect with us.
Here is the formula that I use to connect us to that all powerful healing place.
An exhale, an opportunity to let go of what no longer serves you, to clean stuff out and create space for something new. Feel stuck? This one will help you clear away the clutter and feel the potential of each vibrant inhale.
Understanding our connection to the five elements helps us find our balance. I feel like I connect to these elements through my Ayurvedic understanding of them. As I tune into how I feel I can use the elements as descriptors of what I feel in my body. They give me metaphors and visuals that guide me back to my centre.
This was recorded at the beginning of the “Off The Mat” class at Alchemy Yoga in Sept. What followed was a stimulating and thought provoking conversation on how each of experiences the elements in our own bodies. The audio is not perfect, but the sensations are visceral.
Yoga means Union. Translating that to something tangible is achieved when we can experience that union. That is why I love these experiential breath mediations. They are so much more powerful than trying to explain something in an essay or facebook post. Connect to the definition of yoga, to the union that it speaks of with this 13 minute experience. Sit with your body, your mind, and your heart to see and feel the language of their wisdom. Get acquainted with the sensations of the body, the emotions of the heart and the rationality of the mind. The combined wisdom from these innate sources is astounding. Enjoy.
So, how often, if ever, have you considered what exactly your breath is doing for you with each inhale to each exhale. My bet is it hardly ever crosses your mind. So that being said, lets explore. You know my fondness for metaphors, well get ready for Jill Novak’s simple explanation of breath. Give yourself 10 minutes to just inquire as to what your breath does in your body. I promise it is cooler than you thought. Enjoy.