To me, Yin is the answer, the cure, for our stressful times. A practice which invites us to slow down, attend to the self and surrender is not just helpful, it’s vital. So for this practice we will retreat from the heart opening, expanding and activating for an opportunity to soften, to close and defend to heal. As a people pleaser and perfectionist, this meditation and simple movement is not natural for me, but it is so sweet and healing.
Posture is an incredibly loaded topic in our culture. If you’ve been involved in yoga for any time you’ve been receiving messages about posture that may not be helping you. We have hundreds of not thousands of sources daily telling us that our bad posture is the cause of maladies such as chronic pain functional movement issues breathing issues and more.
To be an adult is to sometimes struggle with upper back and neck tension and even pain. This is my professional opinion. Though this pain/tightness can really disrupt your life, it’s important not to get too tied up about it. This practice is to give you some go to tools for managing this suffering.
Sciatic nerve issues are a special kind of hell. That stingy, nervy, intense pain down into the thigh, back of knee, heel or even foot happens on a spectrum. Some of us get occasional jolts, others full on numbness of the foot. It’s always best to get checked out by your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms. But if you are in a management and healing phase, this practice can restore the sliding and gliding to your sciatic nerve both in the gluteal muscles and at the various nerve roots. This kind of suppleness is a big part of healing.
Evidence Informed practice for neck pain.
I think we’re all a little tired right now. Things are piling up for sure at this stage in the pandemic. This is a practice that I offered recently to bring a bit of TLC and care to some students who are dealing with some heavy stuff.