Shavasana is the thing I love most about both yoga teaching and participation. Pictured above is todays yoga shavasana! I have been recently reminded I can gift myself a mini shavasana practice each and every day. This blog is all about this taking time for a daily '5 minute Relax Shavasana'
Last weeks blog, Better FOR Others - Relax talked about ways we can improve the quality of attention we bring to any situation so that we can be better FOR others. We explored ways to bring our 'better FOR others' self to a situation when we are agitated, stressed, or worried, or when we are feeling spaced out, dull or sleepy. What about when we are feeling really out of sorts, edgy uptight, not ourselves? We'll explore that this blog
This third feeling I was going to discuss last blog is when we are feeling really out of sorts, edgy, uptight, not ourselves. Toward the end of writing the blog I was feeling that way myself! So instead of going on I decided to practice what I preach and I went and did a '5 Minute Relax Shavasana'! So let explore what is helpful when we are feeling .........
3. Feeling really out of sorts, edgy uptight, not ourselves
Alan Wallace reminds us when we are feeling really out of sorts we should note that without judging, or beating ourselves up. He suggests that maybe this is not the best time to be interacting with others as we certainly are not in a position to offer our best selves. He recommends that we do ourselves and others a favour and take some time out to relax!
I am strongly encouraging you, and myself too, to start and maintain this simple, effective practice. Taking time out to relax and restore is essential for our well being and for others too. I know I am no use to anyone if I am stressed out or really out of sorts. Stress is exhausting and causes so many mental and physical problems. Taking time to relax is vital, especially given the many distractions and the hectic nature of our lives. Incorporating this simple 5 minute break into each day and practicing the 3 R's during the day whenever you remember will give your body and mind a well eared POM break.
So how do we do our '5 Minute RELAX Shavasana?
1. Find a comfy spot to lie down.
A comfy chair can sub in if somewhere to lie is not available.
2. Pop an eye pillow over your eyes, or close them.
3. RELAX THE BODY
You can do a progressive relaxation starting with letting go of the muscles in the feet and heading up the body ending with the face and head.
4. RELEASE THE THOUGHTS
If you are like me, all sorts of thoughts will pop into the mind. Try to see them like passing clouds - that pop into the mind, last for awhile and pass on through. That is the RELEASE bit. We don't need to think about them, we simply notice, relax and release them with joyful indifference, like watching a passing parade, leaving our peace undisturbed.
5. RETURN TO THE BREATH
Kindly bring the mind back to the breath when it wanders off. Notice the sensation of breath at the nostrils or the rise and fall of the chest - whatever feels right for you. When you notice the mind has drifted away from the sensation of breath with a thought, sensation or feeling.....
If you find it tricky to find 5 minutes and a place to do this in a busy working day maybe an after work or evening practice might work. Or a lie or sit in a park during lunchtime might work too.
I have been enjoying using my POM lavender eye pillow for my '5 Minute RELAX Shavasana. I have been making these eye pillows for some time now and use them in my yoga classes, as you can see pictured above. As the eye pillows can't be washed they are enclosed in a WDC hand woven washable pillow case. They come with instructions, and a POM bookmark and are available here. So you may want to gift yourself or someone you know an opportunity to relax each and every day.
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