Yoga Discovery: Fall Fire
After a couple of intense and mind altering festivals this summer I returned to the city with a new perspective as well as an extremely open heart and mind. I felt as though I had been creatively opened and ideas were pouring out. I finally began to write a short story that had been in my thoughts for awhile and I wrote with more ease and determination than I have in a while. Even my home yoga practice was more fiery.
After a few weeks of this I woke up one morning feeling different. Even though it was the same time I got up every morning, this morning was noticeably darker and my once flowing creativity seemed to be drying up. It was chilly when I stepped outside and for the first time in months I had to wear a sweater on my walk to work.
I decided then and there that I wouldn’t slop into my usual routine of feeling sorry for my lack of creative zest and instead take in the inspiration that Autumn had to offer. I had an extreme outpouring of energy at the end of summer and it was obvious that now I was in need of some rejuvenation. I went to few restorative classes and brought that restorative intention into my own day to day. I also fought off the urge to binge eat comfort foods when the weather turned and stayed true to my usual diet. Even getting caught up in others contempt of cooler weather didn’t tempt me. Within a couple days I was already feeling that familiar urge to write again as well as expand my teaching schedule.
But when winter does move forward and my attaire progresses from flip flops to rain boots there can still be inspiration and a firey restorative practice. It took me some time to realize it but don’t need arm balances and chair pose to keep me warm. There can be just as much fire in a restorative practice or in a moment at my desk in the middle of the day if that is the intention.
– Kapalabhati Breath
A valuable pranayama that I seem to have abandoned through the summer. Now its a part of each day in my practice as well as times that require a bit more fire. It also inceases concentration, massages internal organs of the chest and abdomen, and aids in increasing the lung capacity and function. Click above for more benefits.
Sometimes things are provided to us when we need them the most and I am grateful for the “skull shining” reminder.
– Short supported childs pose flow
The supported childs pose is the beginning and end of this mini flow that helps to stimluate the heart as well as offer the opporunity to restore and relax. It also aids in clearing the sacral chakra or Swadhisthan Chakra: The second chakra is the chakra of creativity, pure attention and pure knowledge. It is the one which connects us to the inner source of inspiration, and enables us to experience the beauty around us.
Move from the supported child’s pose to downward facing dog and wild thing
Transition into 3 sun salutation (at your own level) The fluidity of this sequence is particularly beneficial for your second chakra.
Make your way gently back down to the earth from your last downward facing dog and back into supported child’s pose. Remain here for 10 to 20 breaths, maybe also circling or rocking the hips before finding corpse pose.
Enjoy the opportunity for relaxation and rejuvenation and when you return back to life allow the spirit of creative energy flow.
The light of creative energy is within us all, sometimes it just needs an extra spark.