Last time I wrote about how the simple shift and commitment to seeing if yoga could help my back eventually impacted every aspect of my life. While yoga can be a spiritual practice in and of itself, I do not promote yoga from that aspect; yoga moves the physical body in ways that allow the mind and spirit to flourish and that is something that is available to every person.
Yoga is known to make the body more flexible; would it surprise you to know it makes the mind flexible also? Yoga strengthens the body; no shocker then that the spirit also strengthens. Yoga heals the body in untold ways; are you willing to practice yoga and see if it can possibly heal your mind and spirit as effectively?
I have been reading a lot of FB posts about friends who have dealt with depression, PTSD and other traumatic mental health concerns and this is my gift and response. It is essential to seek professional help to walk this journey with you and it is also essential to support yourself with kind and nurturing practices to allow healing to happen. Yoga is one of those supportive elements and today I offer a single pose that has transformed my relationship to the depression and traumas of my life.
Warrior 2 is a challenging pose that all bodies can try. Over time you will feel stronger, more balanced, better able to relax through the challenge. It is best if you can incorporate this pose into a short practice that might include cat/cow and a gentle twist.
- Stand with the feet 2-3’apart, left foot facing the wall to the side, right foot pigeon-toed, left heel facing into right arch. Lift up out of the hips, and lift arms to a T, palms facing to the floor.
- Allow the gaze to follow out past the left fingers and as you exhale, bend the left knee so the knee is directly above the ankle. Eventually the thigh may be parallel to the floor.
- Breathe as fully as possible. Inhale to stand back up.
- Repeat other side.
I strongly recommend you do 5-10 minutes of yoga daily, find the poses that feel nourishing and if you are dealing with depression, PTSD, anxiety or other mental health concerns please add Warrior 2; you might discover the incredible strength within as the body learns its own power.
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