Sunday, June 1, 2008

Breathe to Balance Energy

Dearest yogis and yoginis,

As I write this, I am gazing out at a beautiful blue sky, with my heater full-blast on my feet; this is a sure sign that we are into the transition of Spring to Summer! It's important during this time that you be aware of your energy, as it may change as quickly as the weather. A simple way to balance energy is to sit comfortably and just breathe deeply for a few minutes, with eyes closed, and assess how you feel: if you are feeling sleepy or heavy, raise your hand to close the left nostril and breathe through the right for a few minutes; if you are feeling impatient or ungrounded, raise your hand to close the right nostril and breathe through the left for a few minutes. Repeat this practice as often as you need to during the day to feel balanced - especially before bedtime!


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An inversion this time of year is great, but again, you want your practice to balance energy. So, I'll give you a choice between two very different inversions: Dolphin and Legs Up a Wall.
Dolphin should be practiced early in the day, when you are feeling sleepy or heavy. Here is a nice video to demonstrate how to get into Dolphin. Stretch your neck out after, if it feels stiff.
Legs Up a Wall can be practiced any time of the day, but should be taken when you are feeling impatient, agitated or ungrounded. Pictures and instructions on getting into the pose.