Breathing the Body
Lie on your back or sit in a comfortable chair – the key is to be comfortable. Place your hands on your belly and pay attention to it rising and falling. Imagine that you can breathe through different parts of your body – picture the breath entering and then exiting through the soles of your feet. Take notice of any sensations. Next, repeat this exercise in your legs, hips, back, belly, chest, shoulders, arms, hands, neck and forehead, as well as the crown of your head.
When you reach a painful place, direct the breath as it dissolves the tension and pain. Try moving a few breaths back and forth between the uncomfortable area and a more comfortable spoy. Teach the mind how to give the uncomfortable sensations less priority by intentionally shifting your focus while still being present in your body. Now feel the breath enter your nose, mouth and throat. Imagine the body gently expanding as you inhale, and then contract as you exhale.
Simple breathing practices and restorative yoga poses promote a relaxation response that may very well start you on a pain-free, healing path. For more information visit BODY & SOUL: Gentle Restorative Postures Nov/Dec2016.
|Helen Pach Goldstein is the former owner of The Yoga Studio in Toronto, and appointed the ‘Godmother of Yoga’ by Toronto Life. She is certified by Dr. Deepak Chopra, and teaches wellness management at the private and corporate levels.
Check out her series on YouTube – I MAKE MY DAY. ME