Nourishing Spring Time Exercise

In the morning before breakfast, perhaps enjoy this 5 minute imagery exercise for rejuvenation, overall health, healing and energy. You can use your imagination OR go outside into a Garden or Forest and be inspired directly by Nature. 

‘Tree of Life’…for rejuvenation, overall health, healing and energy

Close your eyes and breathe in and out slowly three times. See yourself walking along a path where ahead of you is a strong, tall tree…give yourself another 3-5 breaths to visualise the tree…see it, smell it, and observe it’s leaves, their colour and shape, the colour and shape of the trunk the texture of it’s bark…

Go to this tree and embrace it, knowing this is the tree of life…feel the sensation of putting your arms around the trunk of the tree, notice the smell of it the feel of it.  Now stand beside the tree, leaning up against it. As you stand here, feel the sensation of contact between your body and the tree…allow these points of contact to your body rest into and merge with the tree trunk…Feel your bare feet on the earth and your toes curling down into the soil like roots, drawing in its nutrients and strength…feel yourself connecting to and becoming one with the tree….not conceptually…really feel the meeting point of your physical body and the physical tree and let the boundaries between the two begin to soften as you breathe…become one with the tree in that very real, sensory way….sink back into the body of the tree as you breath out…

(if it helps think of the body paint artists who camouflage their subjects to blend in with nature and imagine yourself painted & visually and sensually blending into the shape form colour and texture of the tree)

Feel your torso becoming part of the trunk. As you and the tree merge together completely, see and feel its sap rising and circulating throughout, imbuing you with strength, peace, and the power to heal. Know and feel how the tree’s chlorophyll is giving you energy…

Breath & Rest into this feeling for sometime…

Feel how it is to be the roots, the trunk, the branches, and the leaves of the tree. As the golden sun warms you and the fresh breeze stirs you, imagine yourself in full bloom…

Feel and know how it is to be ageless — strong and full of life.
See how you are connected above and below, to heaven and earth, to all that is, was, and that ever will be . . .

Breathe out one time, and slowly return now, feeling rejuvenated, awake, aware, and entirely yourself. Thank the tree for this experience. Then slowly open your eyes.

My Sweet Self Practice

watersuspensionOne of my favourite things to do for morning self-practice….consciously decide not to pressure myself to do any particular yoga pose or limit myself to any such practice…

…doesn’t always happen but this morning my mat become such a sweet space to be…

…I just ‘was’ my mind receded and my body led the way…

…slowness, feeling, soft, intuitive, surrendered, un-pressured….

…very little doing and about 2% physical effort…

a soft ebb and flow of gentle spirals, and subtle undulations like the ethereal billowing pulsation of a jellyfish floating and suspended in a body of water. Not led from my brain, evolving within my body and ‘no-mind’.

Delicious.

A languid yet clear and pure river of energy was ‘allowed’ to flow inside me, just by giving myself permission to slow down, to stay wherever the body wanted me to be still, sinking into myself and breathing without force…

Divine.

This is what I feel to be ‘Shakti’ in yoga. The creative energy flow naturally inherent within. it’s active and CAN be wild and effervescent but it but can also be so sweet and subtle in a gracious, delicate and most natural of ways.

It has been ‘Womb Yoga’ that has helped me to remember myself this way; the way I love to move and be. The Womb Yoga practices have re-inspired softness and tenderness towards my own body, my mind, my heart and my energy.

I feel tapped into a naturally arising source of inner vitality…

Gratitude.

Peace.

If you would like to experience Womb Yoga too, I am running a Workshop in Brighton on Sunday 19th April and a Day Retreat in Surrey on June 7th.