Here's a brief introduction and walk through of the Taoist meditation - the Microcosmic Orbit Breath.
It is wonderful and useful for vitality, sexuality, creativity, wealth and more. I like to start my days with this technique and I like to add the expansion and contraction onto it.
Ideally you would cycle for a lot longer than I guide here but do what feels right.
Enjoy and let me know how it goes!!
Adho Mukha Svanasana : Downward facing dog pose
There are hundreds, no thousands! of poses and variations in yoga. The reality is that we don't have time to do it all. I know most of you are busy with jobs, kids, life, making food, eating food, sleeping, checking the mail, and all of the tasks that life demands, so it's hard to fit yoga in sometimes.
I recommend yoga daily. A daily self-healing practice! Maybe you have a whole hour to dedicate to it, great! Maybe you only have half an hour, twenty minutes, maybe even only two minutes, but for sure you have time!
If meditation is not in your practice (which I highly recommend- there are so many benefits to meditation!), try this pose at least to quiet your mind.
Once you find your perfect posture in this moment, hold for five to ten nice long deep breaths. Slowly come out and enjoy your day!!
Here's my first guided video flow for you all!! Not the best in quality, but the first step is never the most graceful.
Sitting! How easy yet how complex.
Perfect pose is the pose we come to in order to meditate and find stillness. Siddhasana is found by bringing the left heel in towards the perineum, activating the root chakra, and then bringing the right foot on top of the left. Ideally we want the knees to be bellow the hips for proper blood flow and comfort. This requires open hips and healthy knees. We also want to make sure the spine is straight!
If you are having trouble keeping your spine straight or getting your knees bellow the hips, prop yourself on a block or blanket. If you're really tight you might need a few blocks, and that's totally ok. Do what is best for your body.
Siddhasana is a pose we can sit in for a good half an hour or an hour so make sure you're comfortable. From here we can practice meditation or pranayama. It's a great pose for before and after a yoga class.
Enjoy the process and let me know how it goes!
Pose 1: TADASANA: Mountain Pose
Basic standing pose. Key alignments:
Many benefits of Tadasana include stability, calm, feeling centred and powerful. Open to receiving life from a grounded place. Easing the nervous system and reseting the mind.
Tune in next week!