At this time of the year I love to practice Chandra Namaskar (moon salutation), slowly, mindfully rhythmically, drinking my breath and pausing between the breaths. Just ten minutes of practicing this slow rhythmic flow will leaves me feeling so amazingly revived, calm, switched on and focused afterwards.
At this time of the year maintaining our natural rhythm is essential to our health both physically and mentally. The way that we move, think and breathe literally mirrors our life. As we know, life is a constant rhythm of contraction and expansion, it is a process of taking in, absorbing, then letting go of any holding on and processing as well as resting in the moments in between.
Therefore if we suppress, speed it up or fall out of this natural rhythm, we can start to feel anxious, our immune system can weaken, we may get mood swings, insomnia or get stressed and feel unable to cope, for some of us depression can set in.
Following the natural rhythm of our body enhances the function of the organ body and the various different systems of the body such as the endocrine, nervous, musculoskeletal, respiratory, circulatory, immune and digestive systems.
Our time on the mat should serve to remind us to slow down. This rhythm will arise naturally and organically from developing awareness, being guided by our breath, noticing the pauses between the breath and moving with effortless effort. Keep it light. Seek the still point between effort and surrender. Activate and engage the body so you’re able to move with both alertness and at the same time complete ease.
Self-enquiry begins when we begin to practice more slowly and through self enquiry we are able to evolve and connect more intimately both with ourselves and others.
As long as we are alive, we are in motion, the dance of the breath, these constant subtleties on our mats serve to align our bodies and minds more harmoniously. Ultimately slowing down heals us and then flows through us in to others. 🙏🏼.
Love B xxx