This is my first time participating in a yoga challenge and I’m quite nervous about it. My yoga practice has always been so personal and although I’ve practiced in studios, this feels much more exposing. I’m working through this vulnerability and hope to build self confidence and inner strength throughout this challenge.
This leads me to my intention for today: self-acceptance. It’s okay to stumble, to lose my balance, to fall. I’m accepting my limitations, listening to my body and doing what feels right. I am enough just as I am and I am exactly where I need to be in this moment.
I’m looking forward to experiencing this challenge with all of you beautiful yogis!
Hands to Feet Pose. Deep Forward Fold. Padahastasana.
This is one of my favorite postures (though I have so many “favorites”). I have quite a bit of work to do to touch the top of my head to my toes, but I am just so grateful to be able to do this much.
Five months ago, after I injured my hip I could barely grab my heels with my knees completely bent. I had lost my length and extension in an instant. I’ve worked hard to get back to where I was before I was hurt and little by little this pose has gone from complete agony, to a delicious stretch.
I want to be able to lock my knees again in class. I want to have a straighter and longer spine. I want my elbows to touch behind my calves. But, that is on the horizon. Inch by inch and breath by breath I’ll slowly ease my way there.
For day 4 of April Intentions my intention was to be easy on myself. I am my harshest critic and will always find faults, but for today I’ll try to silence that little judgmental voice and just be.
The other day I had a powerful and revealing Reiki session at The Haelan Centre, the clinic I teach at on Wednesdays. I could feel very definitely the energy moving around my body, from one chakra to the next, and I saw all kinds of things - images and symbols, colours and patterns, scenes from memory with new significance, and even premonitions for the future. It really was something else.
In terms of my energetic status quo, the session reinforced some things that I already knew/suspected, but also gave me some new valuable insights. Based on my experience in the treatment, and discussions with the practitioner, I made a resolve to focus my yoga practice on four things for the next cpl of weeks:
1. Get in touch with my foundations (Muladhara, Svadisthana) to feel more grounded, settled and safe
2. Build courage, confidence and self esteem by targeting solar plexus (Manipura)
3. Remove some of the guard from around my heart (Anahata) to open it up and increase the flow of love in and out.
4. Introduce more balance to my emotions and energy centres
Later on, I did this little practice that featured: standing postures for grounding; core strengtheners to protect and stoke manipura, heart openers for anahata cracking; balancing postures for even energetic flow between chakras (with specific focus on feeling rooted into the earth through foundation touch points); and some hip openers to release any negative energy trapped around the bottom two chakras
My dreams that night and the next were also full of messages, and I’ve noticed that the signs from the universe have been coming in thick and fast over the last few days….lots of crazy coincidences and chance encounters with people who are helping to guide my path. Can’t believe how much of an impact one reiki session has had! I’m certainly feeling connected.
And funnily enough, it was only 5 days ago, on the first day of the month, that that I set an intention to pay more attention to what the universe wants to tell me….
I know my arm isn’t supposed to go to the side and I have pictures in which I’m doing it correctly, but I actually found it more beautiful like this - I’ll just call it my variation. Today’s intention is calmness.