Today my sisters and brothers of the world, the majority of us are dealing with some sort of grief, some sort of negative energy. Some of us are not holding up very well, and it breaks the hearts of my team and myself. However, it is away to help yourself with these very real emotional problems. Whether if you are dealing with a recent loss, in the form of divorce, ending a relationship or a death of a loved one or a pet. Or your life been totally turned upside down because of this virus.
Losing your job or home, even infertility-or if old, unresolved grief starts bubbling up, a nurturing, heart-opening yoga practice may help you move through your pain with greater ease and grace. My friends using yoga as a form of self-care can help you process your grief and recharge your emotional batteries, says Seane Corn, who is a yoga teacher who has led yoga for a broken heart Workshop around the entire world.
We must find the inner strength that we need to process grief and loss, with this yoga sequence, which calls on chest opening lunges, backbends, and twists; nurturing restorative poses; and a focus on moving slowly with your breath. The more-active postures keep energy moving in the heart, while the restorative will gives your central nervous system the opportunity to have rest, which can relieve some of the deep fatigue that often accompanies grief.
Most of us are lock down at the moment, so now we have the time that is necessary to help our mind our body and spirit. By practicing every morning in a quiet, private space. Throughout the sequence, put your physical sensations into meaningful words: “tense,” “tired,” “heavy.” Then name your emotions, also: “angry” “scared,” “heart- broken.” This will help you to be present so you can begin to actually heal, instead of shutting down or running away from any of your grief, and prolonging your heartbreak. As you moved through the poses, keep in mind to exhale fully to release physical and emotional tension.
Let us sit tall, your hips higher than your knees. (This may require a blanket or maybe a cushion.) My friends, gently close your eyes, bring your hands to Anjali Mudra, take 6 very deep breaths, and then recite this intention out loud:
In a very smooth sincere quiet Manor.
May this practice reconnect me to my body,
ground me in the here and now,
and heal me from all grief. I asked for clarity
and for the strength to let go of any limited beliefs
that keeps me resistant to change and unavoidable to growth.
Instead, may I open my heart, to see beyond Reason,
except without condition, and love without hesitation.
May this practice be blessed.
From Downward-Facing Dog, come into a lunge
with the left foot forward. Keep your fingertips on the floor
and the back leg straight as you elongate your chest forward.
Take 4 deep breaths before placing the back knee on the floor.
Inhale deeply and lift your torso.
Square Off the hips, then interlace your fingers behind your back.
Inhale deeply and send the hands back, opening your chest.
Softly gaze forward and take six deep breaths, bringing awareness
to any tension in the chess and increasing circulation around the heart.
Release and step back to Down Dog repeat what you have done on the other side.
High Lunge Variation
From the Down Dog, return to a lunge with your left foot forward.
Keeping your right hand on the floor (or a block) as you inhale and bring your left arm up,
twisting from the middle and upper spine. Reach back through the right heel
and forward with your chest, keeping your hip level to create stability.
Gaze up past your left fingertips and hole for 6 deep breaths, continuing to
alleviate tension in the chest and open the heart. Release, step into Down Dog,
and repeat on the other side.
Salabhasana Vibration Locust Pose Vibration
Lay face-down on the floor. Interlace your fingers behind your back
and an inhalation, lift your chest, your legs, and hands. Extended through the toes
and lengthen, gazing straight-ahead. Hole for three breasts, release, then repeat.
This backbend counters our tendency to roll the shoulders forward and collapse
the chest-one way we often protect our hearts when we are grieving.
Release to the floor and come to the Child’s Pose.
MY FRIENDS, WE ARE CREATING TOGETHER, AN INNER JOURNEY TOWARDS HEALING AND EMPOWERMENT.
The only way to remove the hurt, the pain, the resentment is to face it head-on and gently remove it.
Setu Bandha Sarvangasna Bridge Pose
Lay on your back with your feet directly under your knees,
hip-width apart on the floor. Inhale and lift the hips off the floor.
Clasp your hands underneath you, rolling your shoulders towards one another to expand your chest.
Close your beautiful eyes or softly glaze up, taking 4 very slow full breasts. Release, then repeat two more times.
The heart opener invites us to be strong yet safely vulnerable, it also brings the blood up into our
brain and glands that helps regulate our hormonal and Central nervous systems. Release, hugging your knees to your chest.
Staying on your back and now crossing your right leg over the left.
Drop your knees to the left. Reach your right arm out along the floor
and place your left hand on your right knee. This twist and the nurturing,
restorative poses that follows are meant to help you to totally surrender
consciously relax. The most important thing my friends is to release,
closing your eyes and tuning into your breath and being in the present moment.
Stay here for 8 to 10 breaths. Inhale deeply, come back to the center, and switch
sides. Finish by bringing both of your knees back to your chest.
ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, YOU ARE UNIQUE AND THAT YOU ARE LOVABLE.
Set up straight and arrange a bolster, so it can support your torso and head,
placing one edge against your left hip. Bend your knees to your left.
Turn towards the bolster and lie down. Resting on your right cheek.
Close your eyes, let your arms relax on the floor or the bolster;
there should be no discomfort. This pose soothes the nervous system,
by activating a rest and digest response, grounding your body, and quieting your mind.
Now, stay where you are for lease 2 minutes, then switch sides and do it again.
Restorative Paschimottanasana Restorative Seated Forward Bend
Set up and extend your legs straight out in front of you.
Stack the bolster on your thighs. Inhale and lengthen.
Exhale and fold forward over the bolster.
Turn your head to one side and totally relax your arms.
Rest your forearms and hands on the floor alongside your legs,
Relax your feet, close your eyes, breathe very deeply,
and rest for at least one minute.
Restorative Savasana Restorative Corpse Pose
Inhale as you set up, extending your legs straight
out in front of you. Place the bolster back on the map,
at the base of your spine. Now, lay back with your spine
and head supported with the bolster, with your arms and legs
heavy on the floor. Breathing Softly here for 2 minutes.
Try not to think, let your thoughts go, instead totally relaxing completely.
Sukhasana Easy Pose
Come back to the seated pose that you started in,
put your palms together at the heart with your eyes closed.
Softly recite out loud this closing intention:
Giving thanks to the spirit within and beyond, sincerely,
I ask for continued strength as I walk this path of healing.
May I grow more compassionate, empathetic, and more loving,
not in spite of my loss, or grief, and its experience, but because of them.
I think you spirit, for my life, because it is, and will continue to be,
truly blessed. May I never take a single moment of my life for granted.
May I honor this and all moments as sacred and trust the process of healing.
May it teach me well as I Surrender to the truths revealed
and open my heart truly, to Love more widely and boldly with sincerity,
then I have ever imagined possible. Open My Heart, my mind, and my spirit
to all good things. May my life be a blessing to others.
My dear friends, this meditation, I do each and every day of my life. I have found it to be a big help in having peace Within, giving me the energy and motivation that I need to open the doors to creativity. To open the doors to love all of my sisters and brothers throughout the world, no matter how different we may be. It removes the fear, the confusion and the negative energies away from my spirit. And I am sure it can do the same for you, may you be blessed with peace, love, and Tranquility, and good health.
May good health and prosperity be always with you.
Humbly yours, Paul Earl.