Guess what? This is a full systematic adventure prepping our bods and minds in the best ways we can for backbends!
Hate backbends? No worry babes! I hope there´s still something here for you. We´ll open up the shoulders and chest, strengthen the back body including hamstrings and shoulders, create space in the hips as well as explore "core" in a more “wholesome” way (don´t expect boring crunches!)
The goal isn´t to "backbend" tbh, but rather, to explore how we can support ourselves in ways that have integrity, being “integrated”, as well as practicing being supported.
Effort and surrender if you want a short and snazzy catchphrase.
You will need:
- Some kind of makeshift prop for shoulder opening like a yoga block, a record or something else (get creative!). You might want to have a pillow handy too if you don´t have a block for some later core support funtimes! Yes!
- An imaginary platter of sausages, halloumi and grapefruit….it will hopefully make sense in the practice!
- A sense of wonder and humour. Because a backbend practice demands it.
I lie, you don´t have to do anything but what you feel, babes.
Less tension, more ease, and effort in the places that matter. You HAVE this.
Take care of you, always, and let me know how you go!
More self care >
We´re often encouraged to start from a centred and grounded place that feels supportive. Steady.
...But when is anything ever steady? Really?
I have a self care box at home containing the things that uplift me when i need to feel better. It includes my trusty eye pillow, some oils, words, art tools and so on. I find it useful to have these items always at the ready - a “ritual in a box” if you like, that really helps me practice self care on the regular.
Read on for my tips to create your own self care box!
Thank goodness for our wrists! They, along with our hands, support us in so many ways during the day, so let´s give them a little bit of love!
Do you feel me?
Those days where we think about doing something. Yet it doesn’t quite happen. On those days, i remind myself and others to tread gently.
Here´s a sequence i use when i want to slow things down and practice being a little more tender and gentle.
The possible has been tried and failed. Now it’s time to try the impossible.— Sun Ra
Scroll through pics, videos and sound bites from the year at Changing the Menu HQ, and join me for a recap of my fave art, music and inspiration from 2016.
It wasn´t until i was in my 30s that i became really comfortable with being alone. Like properly, not just “awkward-alone”, head down, wishing i was invisible, trying my best to disappear in public places, or digging my phone or book out just to feel i wasn´t by myself.
The time has come. I have to jump and, ahem, “just do it”.