It was little less than a week ago when I decided it was a good idea to tell you about these problems that absorb a great deal of my time and energy. It was a little less than a week ago that I discussed these problems that are only committed to stealing my center, my calm, my balance, my health. And in that less than a week, my dear readers, I must say that I have made some really important strides toward feeling well.
This morning, I enjoyed a ten minute yoga practice. I started from a standing position with my feet hip distance apart on the new sticky mat that has graced our home. (Me, the yoga instructor, didn’t actually have one available to practice on here in my home! So it was ordered and arrived yesterday.) I pressed my feet firmly into the mat and drew energy into my legs, into my core. I took a deep in-breath and rolled my shoulders up to my ears and down again with out-breath. I stood in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) for several breaths, focusing on rooting down, drawing my energy into the mid-line, and relaxing from the shoulders upward. Less than a week ago, standing tall first thing in the morning was all things challenging. Today, it was all things available – my body didn’t wait for my mind to decide what to do. My body just stepped onto the mat, planted its feet, and started breathing deeply. Changes are happening. My body is healing from depression.
Today’s meditation was also different from the last few days. I have been sitting supported by a wall, or have been sitting on the couch to find comfort in my sit. My body has not wanted to be unsupported and upright during meditation until today. I used my meditation cushion to support my bottom. I placed this meditation cushion on my yoga mat and found my way into Sukhasana (Easy Pose.) I sat for 20 minutes this morning, inhalation was unencumbered by tension and anxiety. Exhalation allowed for softening through my muscles and a further release of tension along my spine. Changes are indeed happening. My mind is also healing from depression. My dear readers, I am healing from depression. Thank you for keeping me accountable.
As a thank you, here is a guide into Tadasana. Mountain Pose improves posture by strengthening the core body. Rooting down helps us to stay grounded while also strengthening our legs, giving us a steady base. Mountain Pose helps us to face life’s challenges with an open heart. Stand tall and breathe friends. Sometimes, it’s the best thing to do, and the only thing to be done.
Close your eyes and visualize yourself standing tall – as if you’re being pulled upward from a string that is attached to the top of your head. Feet are hip distance apart. Root down with your feet – visualize roots growing through your mat/floor into the Earth. Press firmly into the mat with your feet. Engage your lower legs feeling the calf muscles holding close to the bone. Engage your upper legs, feeling the thigh muscles lift your kneecaps. Squeeze your buttocks and your hips, pull your navel to spine, roll your shoulders up toward your ears with an inhale, press your shoulders back and down with the exhale. Repeat 2 more times. Sweep your arms above your head, reach for the sky with an inhale. With an exhale, reverse the direction with your arms. Repeat if you wish. Allow your arms to rest at your sides, hands in a c-shaped position with thumbs facing front. Lengthen your collar bones, raise your chest, find a neutral position for your neck – free of tension. Open your heart. Allow warmth and light to flood in to your heart center . Enjoy the effects of mountain pose. Breathe deeply with an even inflow and outflow of breath. Breathe in for a count of 8, and out for a count of 8. Repeat several times. If a count of 8 is too much, try an even count of 4 or 6 and work your way up. Practice every day and as often as you’d like.
With perfect peace, perfect love, and perfect kindness, I wish you a very peaceful and happy – Namaste! <3