The efficiency and power of your brain depends not on the number of breaths you breathe,
but on the quality.
Your body's ability to absorb what it needs, at every opportunity it is given, it will.
So the Importance of allowing the expansion and contraction of the lungs is giving your body a chance to work efficiently, with the intelligence it has to protect, maintain and heal.
Kristel, Yoga Horizons
Sometimes we need permission to let go. We women have our cycle to tell us -it's time for release....ahhh, she sighs! There is no fighting this but of course we try. It's no surprise that we feel this more if our brain is more sensitive to the changes in the body.
Maybe you are at a stage where the changes are more apparent as a result of regular meditating or your practice has developed a harmonious equilibrium with your cycle that you are blissfully unaware-either way tuning in is a GIFT! The hormonal changes and processes that occur involve Progesterone, Testosterone Estrogen and levels of Endorphins. So how do we find balance to support these in practise?..here are the 3 seasons to direct you:
2. It's Autumn, colour descending-----
Estrogen begins to fall and then rises: Prepare and strengthen the connection to the ground by using hip openers like Mandukasana, standing open gounded/balance poses like Hasta Padangustasana (hand to foot), Vrkasana (Tree) and Adho Raja Kapotasana pose (half royal pigeon) .
3. Winter or fall?
Progesterone strikes, Estrogen falls again (pre-menstrual tension, 3-7 days before period):
Be on the floor.....dynamic moving on the floor using the upper body (the heart chakra can open to listen easily to the self and give loving kindness to the body: Move lightly for a short duration.
Lying poses like Savasana, Spinal twists, Supta Hasta Padangustasana, Adha Adho Mukha Svanasana( corpse, lying head to foot pose and half dog) Try these out to see how your body feels within your own cycle....listen in!