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In this week’s article, I wanted to share a few of my favourite healing yoga poses that are very gentle and enjoyable, for both yoga beginners and seasoned yogis...
When done regularly these gentle yoga poses, can help you to naturally and easily release stress from your body and life.
Healing Yoga Pose #1: Sukasana (Easy Pose)
In Sukasana (Easy Pose), sit in a comfortable cross legged position. If you can't sit comfortably, support your hips by placing a block, pillow or blanket underneath your sit bones.
Take a moment to bring awareness to your breath. Simply notice it flowing in and out of your body.
I encourage my students to close their eyes and set an intention. You might like your intention to be words or thoughts. Some possible healing intentions could be:
- to release tension
- to let go of stress
- to breathe deeply
- to feel lighter
- to feel calmer and more relaxed
- to feel more peaceful
- to release attachment
Begin by sitting in this posture for 10 full breaths. If you are feeling comfortable and relaxed here, you can stay in this meditation posture a little longer and build it up over time.
Healing Yoga Pose #2: Cat-Cow Pose
The cat-cow pose stretches into your spine, with a focus on helping you slow down, reconnect back to your body and release stress and tension that is (often unconsciously) held in the lower back area and shoulders.
As you arch and round your back between 5 and 10 times in a row while focusing on breathing: deep inhalations in and long, slow and full exhalations out. Let yourself feel the energy start to flow into your back as well as other areas of your body.
This is a lovely pose to do with your eyes closed as it can help you to bring attention from the busy-ness of your everyday outer world, back to the peaceful quieter inner world of your thoughts and feelings.
Healing Yoga Pose #3: Thread the Needle
This beautiful pose called ‘thread the needle’ can help yogis (and non-yogi’s alike) to release stress stored in the shoulder areas and tightness that is held across the top of your back.
As shown in the picture, take your gaze and awareness to the right side, with your left arm stretched underneath you to the right, resting here for 10 breaths.
Switch sides when you are ready. Take your gaze and awareness over to your other side with your right arm placed underneath you and stretched out to the left for another 10 full breaths.
Healing Yoga Pose #4: Balasana (Child’s Pose)
Finish up your mini yoga class in 'Balasana' or ‘Child’s Pose’.
This lovely resting pose is performed by gently placing your chest on your thighs and your head in front of your knees (you can rest your head on a pillow if the head doesn’t quite reach the ground) and then bring your arms to rest behind you. The key here is to allow the position to feel restful and relaxing.
Child’s pose can help to release stress because in this position you are being fully supported by the ground and from this safe, held place can really ‘let go’ physically, mentally and emotionally.
I like to encourage students to open their mouths and sigh out 5 or 10 times times to release any last bits of remaining stress that your body might still be holding on to.
Come back to your healing intention and let the qualities of your intention simply wash through your body, leaving you feeling relaxed and empowered.
Feel comfortable, calmer and more balanced with yoga.
If you would like to start to release the stress of your everyday life and you don’t have time to do a full yoga practice, just roll out your mat anyway and practice these 4 gentle healing yoga poses. They will help you to reconnect back to your inner strength; to feel calmer, healthier and more balanced.
When you are experimenting with these postures make sure you pay attention to your breath and give yourself permission to release any heaviness, stress and tension in your body.
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With so much Love,
From my heart to yours,
Katrina Love Senn xo