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Inversions are especially great for going inward. To assist you in going inward more deeply, I have chosen an inverted yoga pose. There were so many, it was hard to choose. I was going to go with a Forward Fold or Downward facing dog, but am really in a relaxing mood right now and decided to go with Child’s pose, Balasana. This is a fantastic pose for going inward. It releases the low back and relaxes the shoulders and entire body while quieting the mind to open up to peace and truth. This is a nice yin pose to help relax you after an active yang yoga practice or to simply practice all on its own. During a yoga class your teacher will guide you to utilize this pose whenever you feel the need for rest or do not want to participate in the current pose.
Directions on how to come into the pose:
From Table pose allow your hips to fall back to your heels, resting on the tops of your feet. Lower your head to the mat, resting your forehead on the mat. Extend your arms out for an active cat stretch. Or you can either stack your hands on top of each other and rest your head on your hands or bring your hands to your sides, palms up while resting your forehead on your mat. If you find it’s a bit hard to breathe here take your knees wide to open the lungs. Take a deep breath. Fill your lungs with breath. Feel the awareness of your breath expanding your back in and out as you breathe. Then just relax and let go. Hold this pose for as long as feels comfortable and then come up slowly and gently. From here you can sit up or lay down for a nice longer meditation.
When not to do this pose or to modify / Contraindications:
Knee injuries or pregnancy. If pregnant you can take this pose as a frog pose instead, where you spread your bent legs wide allowing space for the growing baby in your belly. As always, listen to the wisdom of your body.
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