This morning I went to the stables and the horses were relaxed and lying down. They had obviously been there for some time and they looked totally chilled out, they didn’t even move as I approached. It reminded me of our yoga class last night and the pleasure and relaxation that I felt lying down!
We started our Yoga class with a shavasana.
Shavasana is a really basic yoga pose which involves lying down on your back and relaxing the body and mind. Last night it was just what I needed, I had a hectic mind and my body was not in a restful state.
I had a worry going on about one of my friends who is having health problems and my concern had me full of unrest and feeling anxious. My mind was consumed with thoughts about her and what I could do to help best.
At the start of the shavasana it seemed like the least natural thing to do, I was restless and lying still did not seem to suit my mood. I stuck with it because I was in a class and I focussed my attention on my breath. By the end of it I felt rooted to the ground and as though I would have loved to stay there for ever.
The act of totally resting the body and mind at the same time meant that after just a few minutes I had regained my calm. My breath deepened and my body relaxed, as my body relaxed my mind slowed down too.
If you fancy trying out a shavasana then here’s how…
Lie on your back and make sure you are warm – use a blanket to cover your body if you are in a chilly space.
Let your arms and legs drop open. You want your arms about 45 degrees from the side of your body.
Close your eyes and then allow your whole body to become soft and heavy.
As your body relaxes, feel the whole body rising and falling with each breath.
When it feels right let go of all control. Let your body move deeper and deeper into a state of total relaxation.
Stay in Shavasana for about 5 to 15 minutes.
When you are ready slowly deepen the breath to start to bring your awareness back.
Wriggle your fingers and toes.
Stretch your arms over your head and push your heels away, stretch the whole body.
Bend the knees into the chest and give yourself a hug.
When you are ready to get up roll over to one side.
Slowly sit up and enjoy your calm and rested state!
For more ways to bring back your calm book yourself onto a Revitalise Session.