I taught a special Easter Sunday Yoga Practice that focused on Rebirth. As we enter the season of Spring, it's a perfect opportunity to shed the old and welcome the new. Here are three yoga poses you can do at home that will help you to release old feelings, thoughts, and sensations, to make room for the new. That new space also creates an opening to receive, accept, and live YOUR greatest potential.
Start by sitting on your yoga mat in a comfortable cross legged position. In stillness and silence set your intention. This intention is that thing (or several things) that you are now ready to release in your life. Take a few breaths to bring awareness to these ideas. Next, set the intention of what you'd like to welcome in your life. Take a few breaths to fully visualize yourself living in this new way.
Release The Old
Take your left hand and place it on your right knee. Take your right hand and place it behind you on the floor at the center of your spine. Press down into the floor with this hand in order to help extend your spine. Breathe in deeply to further help your body sit up taller. As you exhale, draw your navel in toward your spine then, from this lower region of your body, begin to twist toward the right side of the room. Do this for at least 10 breaths so you can feel a full twist in the spine.
Imagine what is going on inside your body. As you twist, you are wringing out your internal organs just like you would wring out the dirty water from a sponge. This is a wonderful way to cleanse your insides. Keep in mind what else you are intending to release with this yoga posture. On your final exhale, unwind the pose and face forward. Repeat this pose on the other side.
Death of the Practice
At the end of each yoga class, you may be familiar with the pose called Savasana. It means Corpse Pose. In Ashtanga, it can mean the death of the practice. As you move through your yoga poses, your body experiences many sensations. You may also experience various emotions. All of this with the idea of making changes and shifts in your body, mind, and spirit. The Corpse Pose symbolizes the death of the "old" you so you can now step into the "new" you. Take a moment now to lie down in Savasana. Stay in this pose for a few minutes to symbolize the release and death of your old ways.
After your moment in Savasana, bend your knees so your feet can press directly down into the floor. With an exhale, lift your hips into the air. Once you have lifted your hips, walk your shoulders together; squeeze your shoulder blades together. You are now in Bridge Pose which is a heart and hip opener. Remain here for 10 breaths. This opening can facilitate the welcoming of the new you - those new things you are now welcome to receive. You are opening yourself up to your greatest potential.
After Bridge Pose, feel free to take another few minutes sitting in stillness. The same sitting posture you were in at the beginning of your practice. Take note of how you now feel. Do you feel different? New? Reborn?