Here´s a little self care session with a focus on creating space in the upper body - in particular, shoulders, neck, and back (but of course, everything´s connected eh?) :) Get broader and take up more space to breathe and feel better.
It starts with a mini-meditation/check in but you can take it however you choose. We´ll then move into a little movement massage technique that i find reeeeally useful when my shoulders feel like concrete. Then onto some more gentle repetitive movement to release the spine and hips. Plus some breathwork. There´s a couple of more dynamic postures in there later but nothing too wild - this practice is intended to be easeful so you can pepper it into your day whenever you need it. Also, it might be a useful tune up if you have a regular vinyasa yoga practice, to play with ways to care for and support your upper body.
Expect mellow vibes, relaxing mindful movement, and spacemaking.
You will need: a blanket and a block/book/sofa to lean/sit on.
Turn down for what?! Really sorry for the Lil Jon references - i really have no idea……(!)
Thanks for being here.
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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
The time has come. I have to jump and, ahem, “just do it”.
As the trees shed their leaves and go back into the earth, we are also afforded the opportunity to draw in, retreat, reflect and reconnect by releasing the stuff we don´t need. Because with endings also come new beginnings. We are part of a bigger cycle.
Many of us have a tendency to be hard on ourselves. We learn from a young age how to be self critical. harsh. pushing. punishing. forcing. harder. faster.
Can we re-educate ourselves to become more tender?