Life is a balance of holding on and letting go. – Rumi
Timing is everything. To unlock your ultimate potential, get in sync with your internal rhythm, and listen to how your body and breath intuitively know when and how to hold on and let go.
Each inhale silently synchronizes with each exhale. There’s no battle over which one is more important; the decision making is largely governed by our unconscious brilliance. Our heart beats like a drum. With simple, sophisticated mastery, our bodies achieve a constant and steady tempo, uniquely expressed and also shared in common.
Next time you feel out of balance, pause and tune in to your primordial harmony and allow this essential wisdom to guide, protect and restore your inner balance.
1. Come to Mountain.
2. Shift weight to left foot, lift right heel and externally rotate right leg.Draw right foot up left inner leg line to either below or above the knee. Place hands in Eastern Prayer mudra or reach arms overhead.
3. Set gaze at one point higher than you.
4. Hold Tree for 8 deep breaths.
5. Carefully release Tree and return to Mountain. Repeat on the other side.
Modification: Hold on to a wall, chair or counter.
Self-Care Benefit: Balance poses inspire resilience. Think more about connecting with your breath than any expectation of what the pose “should” look like. Soften your inner critic and let go of striving for the perfect shape. Instead, celebrate the process of seeking balance and embrace the courage it takes to hold yourself upright and strong, especially when your environment becomes unstable.
Meditation Technique: Triangle Mudra
On the Mat
1. In Mountain, before coming to Tree. Press tips of index fingers and thumbs together to make a triangle.
2. Flip your triangle downward pointing and place hands on belly with your thumbs underlining the navel.
3. Come to Tree with Triangle Mudra.
4. Inhale; fill low belly and feel the triangle expand. Exhale; empty low belly and feel triangle contract. Emphasize your exhale and focus on lifting your pelvic floor and contracting your deep abdominals.
5. Repeat for 8 breath cycles.
Off the Mat
1. Anytime throughout your day, while standing, seated or lying down.
2. Take 20-30 seconds to place your hands in triangle mudra and feel your belly breathe.
3. Take 3 deep breaths.
Self-Care Benefit: Triangle Mudra Technique awakens your core strength and activates your deepest abdominal muscles, which wrap around you like a girdle. Triangle mudra, when downward pointing and hands on at navel center, symbolizes the divine feminine and enhances equanimity, embodiment, and a spirit of oneness between mind, body, and soul. When we feel centered in our own strength, it’s easier to make balanced and wholesome choices in our daily life.
Essential Oil: Balsam Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis)
Aromatherapy Technique: https://www.essentialbodywisdom.com/create-aromatherapy-rituals/
Self-Care Benefits: Calming and centering by its aroma alone, this beautiful essential oil distilled from resin is just what our nervous system needs when we feel out of balance or lack internal harmony. This oil is a mood lifter too, excellent when one experiences the “blues.” Copaiba balances with grace and ease.
Mantra: Aum Mani Padme Hum
Technique: Silently recite this mantra in your mind 8x. You can say them all at once or spread it out through your day.
Self-Care Benefit: “The Great Mani” is a widely celebrated mantra that combines the totality of the Buddha’s teachings in 6 syllables. This mantra is often translated as “Behold the jewel of the lotus!” and considered a prescription for opening the channels between the mind and the heart. In those moments when resolution feels continually out of reach, recite Aum Mani Padme Hum in order to access joy in the here and now and renew a spirit of resilience.
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