Finding your inner balance

Vrksasana - Tree Pose

To be strong like a mountain, to be stable like a tree but how do we find our inner balance, our stability? 

Standing in Tadasana - Mountain pose, spread the toes and root down through the feet, engage the kneecaps to lightly activate the thighs, tuck the tailbone to turn on the core muscles, drop the shoulder blades down the back, gaze between the eyebrows, crown of the head lifting up. Creating space in the body, feeling strong and stable - GROUNDED.

In Tadasana we can feel a sense of balance and if we close our eyes for a moment we may even feel a sense of calm. We are firmly rooted on the earth and in Tadasana we can begin to explore this feeling of balance. What happens if we shift more weight into our left foot? How does this effect our posture? What happens if our core is relaxed and not engaged? We can explore this and begin to find our own individual sense of balance.

In Vrksasana we need to find our stable and upright alignment in our standing leg through Tadasana while working with a hip and inner thigh stretch of the lifted leg. The standing leg is like the roots of the tree, the stable pelvis carries energy from your roots up into the spine and torso creating a strong trunk. Arms reach up into the sky towards the sunlight. 

Just as a tree changes throughout the seasons to light and rain, wind and snow, you are always responding to the subtle changes within your body, refining and rebalancing with every breath you take. 

Breathe into it, soften, let go and you will begin to find your inner balance. Feeling strong, stable and balanced.

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Winter Stillness

Supta Baddha Konasana

Supta Baddha Konasana

As the leaves fall down from the trees, as the cold winds start to blow we move in winter, into stillness. A time where we can look within and go deeper, connecting to our spiritual centre. Through yoga we can create a space to explore this stillness. Through restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra, deep relaxation we can let go and this is when the body can begin to heal and repair itself. When we settle into a feeling of peace, a feeling of calm, a feeling of stillness the body can really surrender and let go. As we move towards winter embrace the stillness, take time to create that sacred space for yourself and surrender.

Here are a few restorative poses to inspire you.

Viparita Karani (Inverted - In Action)

This has quickly become one of my favourite poses. At the end of a long day there is nothing better than switching off in Viparita Karani and surrendering to the pose. Whenever I feel a bit under the weather I’ll include this pose in my practice. The asana stretches the front torso, the back of the neck and the back of the legs. Keep kicking out through the heels and curl the toes towards you.

Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined - Bound - Angle pose)

This is another of my favourite postures. I can stay in this posture for half an hour or so and feel my whole body opening up. This pose stretches the inner thighs and opens the hips, improving circulation to the vital organs of elimination and reproduction in the lower belly.  It also creates a subtle chest opening so when in the posture take nice, deep breathing through the abdomen. Switch off and you may even find you fall asleep.