"I wondered yesterday, if I found a simpler version of a pose that without fail lightens the chest would it still create freedom-and the answer was YES....
Parsvottansasana, try it!"
Practise yoga with a reason!
If you find yourself starting practise and losing yourself in your thoughts as you move and breathe...
Why am I doing this?
What is my intention?
Then if that proves a challenge, try...
How do I find.... focus away from my shoulder pain?
.....feeling flighty and out of control?
Let the answers arise naturally
First thing with this is to check how you feel about a pose. It is much better to do a pose that you feel comfortable with than to attempt a pose to help an ailment and feel uncomfortable in it. It could have the reverse effect if you are stressing you body while in it.
What is the ailment?
Insomnia, depression and other more continuous conditions require a combination of excercises and postures.
Shoulder or neck pain where there hasn't been any particular injury can be released by simple focus on the breath in savasana, although difficult for some more than others...we generally like to move!
In order to bring healing to an area we need blood circulation to release lymphatics and bring nutrients to the cells. Joints need synovial fluid to loosen and so all fluids are pumped by pressure and stimulated by movement.
I think where injury is concerned you need to know what you can and can't do-or what you feel is possible in each moment, so try trikonasana-if the arm won't go up because your shoulder has an old injury such as a dislocation, you begin with keeping the arm on your back.
Stomach complaints like bloating, indigestion and headaches or nausia all havesignificant relief given the right pose...
so there will be more on this subject as its a good one-keep checking posts for updates!
In the meantime
Try Ardha Matsendasana for feeling bloated or indigestion...does it work for you?
I went into Little London Boutique today and this is what I realised...
I like being in different outfits, I choose the one for my mood.
Have you ever tried a style of fashion and it didn't seem to matter how hard you worked the walk in the hipsters or swish the scarf, the style just turned out as a fashion flop?
Some look terrible on the hanger but when you put it on-hey presto!
Postures for me are ditto...
Some of us are different from others, this makes it harder to do one posture than perhaps another. There are some poses that despite appearences cannot be understood until we practice them.
We can learn to accept what is for us and what isn't or we can push against it like there's no tomorrow. Just a few postures are fine for one and for the rest of us, divesity and numbers of postures make up the right recipe.
Choose your style, duration, depth and choose the pattern.
My yoga is exactly tailored to each day, time and mood: my fashioned yoga!
If you can roll your eyes, you can roll the balls of your feet!
For some people the concept of rolling the balls of your feet is a phenomenon mainly because "ball" is just a term given to the firm front part of your foot, it's not actually a ball. But there is space to manoeuvre the joints inside the foot.
so if you find this hard..
Try rolling your eye balls at the same time. It is a similar sensation and stimulates a relaxation within the third eye in between the forehead where all our thoughts block off the creative energy of the body.
Rolling the balls of the feet feels like nuzzling your feet into the sand.
Your feet can feel the floor-aaah it feels so good!
The bones then, literally reach out to the floor growing from the root, inside the foot so we can become strong from the ground!