I started my journey back to a full yoga practice last week. It was a little difficult getting to my mat each morning before the traditional tea or coffee “kick start” but, as I stated in my last post, putting meditation/breathing as the first order of business is the best way for me to seal the habit.
So, it was wonderful. I spent about 6 minutes doing the prescribed practice before heading into my usual 20-30 minute asana session. I found that the breathing and meditation helped me to delve deeper into my hatha yoga. Overall, my practice felt stronger and more effective.
This week, my plan is to try to drink more water and get more sleep. 6-8 glasses and 6-8 hours should be a good goal.
If you are wanting to take the Daily Yoga challenge with me, here’s this week’s plan:
1.) Centering (Sacred Space, Invocation & Resurrection Breath).
I’ll be focusing on the niyama shaucha (or purification) which should connect well with the increases in water and sleep!
2.) Sipping Breath (we covered this last week).
3.) EEEE Mantra:
- Inhale quickly though your open mouth.
- Exhale while chanting aloud a strong and persistent EEEEEE sound while smiling.
- Keep the sound strong, try not to waver and end decisively.
- Hold the breath as long as comfortable then rest.
Repeat 2 more times
4.) Be Still (2-3 minutes)
If you’d like a guide, here’s my audio version of the sequence:
Be sure to follow this practice with either a Hatha Yoga class/practice or some other form of exercise that you may be currently doing. Again, this segment doesn’t have to happen every day.
My Tip: If you are having trouble remembering the techniques/sequences, try recording the instructions on your phone (use the Voice Memos App) or computer like I have. Simply use my links to the directions and record the cues that will keep you on track.