Day 7:

I am Supported

I am Supported.

“When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.” – Margaret J. Wheatley

With support we can create far more than we can on our own. When you think you’re alone, you tell yourself a story of separation – you are isolated or you feel like a victim.  Feeling like this is the quickest path to depression.  When we feel depressed, there is a constriction that blocks the flow of Love through and for you.

When you feel the support that is all around you, you feel connection. And in truth, there are countless fields of visible and invisible energies that are always supporting you, from the elements, to your friends, to the ever-present inner guidance within.

 

So today I invite you into the remembrance that you are supported: Take a moment NOW, with your journal, or just in a seated meditation pose, and bring to mind all of the ways in which you are supported:

Think of your friends, the people you work with, your family, the people that you serve and feel into how you are supported everyday.  Think of where in your life you are sill needing support, so that you can call that in.

Say aloud, or write in your journal: I am not alone, I am fully supported. There’s help all around me that appears often in the most unpredictable and sometimes seemingly cosmic ways.  When I let in the support, life gets easier and more magic happens.

and remember, within this challenge and beyond, we are here to support you!

My Top 5 Favourite Poses

 

Give yourself 10-15 minutes now and try out these poses with me, in sequence or as you feel called. 

Put on a playlist, roll out your mat, light a candle and some incense,  lay out your altar, or even just a flower/something beautifult to feast your eyes upon, and spend 5 or 6 full breath cycles in each pose, and see how you feel after.

With the right support, these simple and accessible poses are available to all levels and bodies, .  Make sure you have some props around; a cushion or block to support you to completely relax into these shapes so you can go deep. 

 

Supta badokonasana – Reclined bound angle pose

This is one of my favourite poses to start and end of class with, and anytime I find myself in the horizontal.  This is a beautiful hip opener,  groin softener,  heart and chest opener  Energetically,  we are cultivating an energy of letting go, allowing, receiving, and surrendering  I like to practice this pose with a cushion or block underneath the back of my heart, and maybe even some blocks to support underneath my knees.

Hang out in this pose for a few minutes. Feel the support of the earth below you as it holds you, receives and transforms that which you are releasing, that which no longer serves you,  with each exhale.  Feel how nourishing it is to surrender to the knowing that you are supported.

Kapotasana – Pigeon Pose

Another beautiful grounding, and supported pose – PIgeon pose, and all it’s variations. is my favourite go-to Hip-Opener  I practice this pose every day.  Many of us hold a lot of tension in the hips – The hips represent our ability to move forward in the world with grace and ease.  In this pose, enjoy the yummy external rotation of the hips, stretch to the hip flexors,  release of tension in the hips and increasing range of motion in the legs.  Hips are also famously known in Yoga to be the place where we store stuck energy. It said that the cellular memory connected to grief and sadness holds in the hips. Go to your edge,  breathe there,  and enjoy the softening, opening,  surrendering and relaxing. 

This first pic shows the “sleeping swan”, forward fold variation of pigeon, and the second pic shows a more engaged heart opening “king pigeon” variation”.

 

 

Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward Facing dog.

The classic resting pose. As Yoga teachers often remind students,   this can be a resting pose if you have the right alignment of attitude and body: Find the alignment of your hands – spread wide, shoulder distance apart, the alignment of the feet hip distance apart.  Let your knees have a soft bend as you lengthen the tailbone, bringing belly to spine, rolling the shoulders away from your ears.  Let there be an even weight between hands and feet and explore the openings possible as you breathe into the body and tune into where the body is tight. 

Play around with the concept of dynamic stillness – allowing each inhale to create more length in the spine and space in the body, and each exhale deepening and expanding.  Play around with 3-legged dog, lifting one leg at a time and opening the hip into scorpian tail.

 

3-Legged Dog

Scorpian or Fire-hydrant Pose

 

Wild Thing

 

Backbends are heart openers and energising poses.  Many Yogis would agree that this is one of their favourite poses.  It’s so fun, beautiful, strong, fierce, and open.  It’s just so energising and satisfying to stretch that whole front line of the body, the front of the thigh,  the side body and the throat.When I practice this pose I feel vibrant and alive. If ‘m fully warmed up and open in the spine, I’ll play with bringing this pose into a full wheel.  

 

 

 

Balasana – Child’s Pose

 

Forward folds are calming poses.  You can gift yourself this pose anytime throughout the practice, anytime you need a rest, anytime you wanna come back to the breath, anytime the mind gets lost in a labyrinth of thoughts.  Play with different variations: Knees together or knees wide, forehead or chin to the earth, arms lengthened forward, or walking to each side for a side stretch.  Play with the ams alongside the body, or your elbows rooted in the earth next to your shoulders with your hands in a prayer towards the sky.

 

 

 

Hope you enjoy your practice today!

Look forward to hearing from you all!

With Love & Support

 

Daily Practice:

Step 1 – Path of Practice

Do your “Big” or “Small” practice

Celebrate &  Mark your “Yay!”

Step 2 – Foundations of Flow

Journal the Journey – 5 minutes /  3 Gratitudes

Support – Do you feel separate or connected? How are you being supported right now? How would you like to be supported more?

How could you support others more, or allow yourself to be supported more by others?

Step 3 – Reflect & Connect:

Comment Below  – What are your favourite poses and Why?

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