My 30 Day Yoga Challenge, Day 10
(Release the Toxins)
[ Yoga Opens You Up ]
Yoga is great for many things, like the improvement of flexibility, stress management and weight control.
It is also great for releasing the toxins we have stored up.
I eat relatively clean (vegetarian since my teens), don’t drink (going on 2 years in 7 days) or smoke cigarettes (since earlier this year), and live in a city with the most yummy air you can breathe. I also choose to only connect with people who add value to my life and fill me up with joy.
However, toxins aren’t just found in your environment, the foods you eat and the people you relate with. Toxins are connected to our emotions and subsequently, they are released via the chakras, or energy centers, that open up through the process of Yoga.
[ The Experience ]
…and I’ve released, or rather, opened up, SO much this first 1/3 of my 30 Day Yoga Challenge, that I came down with a bit of a sore throat and cough in the last 48 hours. This morning, I canceled my kickboxing, and thought I could at least make it to the Yoga Studio for an evening Hatha class.
Alas, although I really wanted to head to a class today, I believe in Self Care:
…And because I believe in filling my well, I stayed away from the Studio. I worked in bed all day (aka “laid low”) and at night, I went out to get some (spicy) Veggie Udon Soup (with extra ginger) and Yam Tempura and Avocado Rolls with my partner.
As soon as we came back from sushi restaurant, I did a 45-minute at-home Yoga session.
[ The Takeaway ]
Daily I meditate and chant, so I made sure I added it into my Yoga practice. I had my cellphone by me to create 2 or 5 minute intervals for the postures or breath work I integrated into my healing home practice. Because of my slight congestion, I focused mostly on breath work…
I started with the Chinmaya Mudra I learned Day 8. I used the equal breathing technique, Sama Vritti Pranayama, I learned in a Yin class on Day 9, pausing before each inhalation and exhalation. I held a favorite pose I learned in another class. I did lymphatic bouncing I’ve learned in my guided meditation practice I started in January of 2014.
I did some vibrational chakra tones to open up.
I did what my body asked of me, pulling from what I’d learned in the last 10 days and from past experience.
I sat in silence.
At the end of my practice tonight, I feel so open, light, and healthier than when I began.
Yoga is a practice that is great in a group/class setting. AND great wherever, too…
Here’s to your health, happiness and WHOLENESS!
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