Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Some yoga for your day:

Thought for a change I might actually make this blog revolve around that thing I do... yoga. So, I invite you to make yourself comfortable and take this moment for yourself.

Click here for audio recording of this breathing meditation:

Begin by observing your breath as it travels easily up and then down your body. Let go of striving or attempting to manipulate your breath in any way. Simply begin developing awareness in this moment. There are three parts of the body you may choose to observe in order to begin developing your sensory and meditative focus. You can place your attention on the slight air-exchange beneath your nostrils as you breathe in and out. Alternately, you can rest awareness on the gentle rise and fall of your chest. And finally you could choose to place your hands on your lower abdomen and observe as it gently expands and contracts with each full breath. No matter which part of the body you choose to observe, give it your full and undivided attention for the next 5 - 10 full breaths.

Can you feel the energy shifting within you upon the inhale, and the tension releasing on the exhale? Can you allow the muscles of your face to soften and then soften even a little more with the next full breath? Allow the softness in your face to spread calm stillness into and throughout your entire body.

If your mind becomes restless, simply observe this and then let go of judging your thoughts or focus. Simply notice the thought activity and then move gently back to following the journey of the breath.

Can you allow your shoulders to become a little heavy but soft and receptive? Perhaps your head can slowly and gently begin circling around on your neck first in one direction for several breaths and then slowly and deliberately back in the other direction. Continue noticing the quality and depth of your breath...

Bringing your head back to stillness, close your eyes and continue your quiet observation for another 5 - 10 full deep breaths.

Take as long as you need, and when you are ready,

Slowly open your eyes and gently transition back into this moment with renewed energy and resolve.

Click here for audio recording of this breathing meditation:


rebel said...

I'm gonna do this when I get up tomorrow, if I ever get to bed that is!

You have been tagged! Come on over and see.

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

I just wanted to thank you for your message to Tuesday's family. Your heart is made up and will be delivered to them with many messages of love & encouragement.

Please continue to spread the message. I want to fill a whole box for the Whitt family.

God Bless!