I was listening to a podcast episode this morning from Yogaland, ” The Art of the Yoga Sutras” where Andrea Ferretti was interviewing Melissa Townsend, a long-time yoga student, artist, Sanskrit enthusiast, and psychic.*
Melissa mentions that the asana practice was like her gateway drug. She describes the poses as a coming home for her, that the asana practice strengthens the subtle part of the body that results in groundedness and allows one to connect deeply with other people. With Melissa’s psychic work, this was very important for her. Through the results of the asana practice, she was able to hold the space for others without taking on her client’s life situations herself.
We can all become victims of this, not just psychics. Sometimes we take on more than we should or need to. And all these excess emotions, stresses, and situations we’re taking on can do a number on our mind, body, and soul. My sun sign is in Cancer and I am definitely guilty for carrying around excess emotions and stresses that are not usually necessary.
This leads me to my favorite asana pose; Balasana. Child’s pose.
If you’re in a moment of feeling overwhelmed or scattered with thoughts but don’t have time to jump on your mat for a full asana practice, a few deep breathes in Child’s pose can do wonders.
This pose is normally placed in the beginner’s category or thought of as a resting pose but this pose is SO MUCH more powerful than that. Whenever I am in a moment where I feel emotions are overcoming me this pose is my safe haven. It’s the ultimate reset position that can calm my heart rate, steady my breathing, or ease my mind. It’s truly a therapeutical posture to relieve stress.
On your mat:
- Hips sink back to your heels and chest rest down toward the ground.
- Knees can be set wide, allowing your chest to release or knees can be set together, allowing your chest to rest on your thighs.
- If pregnant, keep knees set wide.
- Arms expanded out long, fingers are spread wide, and shoulders are relaxed.
- The forehead is grounded on the mat.
- To release the neck, you can roll to both sides on your forehead.
- Take deep, steady, 4-count inhales and exhales.
- Stay in the pose as long as you would like or needed to come back into your calmness.
I’d love to hear about your ultimate asana pose or one you turn to often. Let me know in the comment section!
*If you’re interested in the podcast episode I mentioned at the beginning of this post, then I highly encourage you to listen to it! You can access it here or find it on iTunes or Apple Podcast app.