7 STEPS TO A SUSTANABLE SELF HEALING YOGA PRACTICES
BY YOGA AND WELLNESS EXPERT LARAH DAVIS
Yoga therapy plugs you in to your personal self-healing power and the foundation for this is a personalized practice to bring you the benefits your body, mind and spirit seek.
And it all begins at home, where the heart is. Whether you are already a practicing yogi with a regular personal practice, or are coming to yoga anew, the worldwide Yogipedia
offers a multitude of accessible practices and methodologies with therapeutic focuses: to soothe your aching back, relieve arthritis, dissipate anxiety and much more. So with all this at our fingertips, why are we all not yet cured? The key is to create a self-practice that you feel inspired to do daily, that creates momentum for the benefits to take hold
sustainably and inspires you to open your body and mind for further magic to unfold.
“Connect to your inner-compass to make healthy life choices – at every koshic level – both on and off the mat.”
Yoga therapy is diagnostic: It treats both the presenting pain and offers a path inward for you to travel together (with your yoga therapist as your inner taxi-driver) to delve beneath the surface and discover the root cause of the symptomatic pain, discomfort or dis-ease. You are a self-regulating organism, your holistic being is constantly seeking homeostasis throughout the 5 different ‘koshas’ – described in the Taittiriya Upanishad of the ancient Vedas as the layers or sheaths of your being as your
- Annamaya kosha = physical body
- Man0maya kosha = mental body
- Pranamaya kosha = energy body
- Vijnanamaya kosha = your innate wishdom
- Anandamaya kosha = your blishfull connection to the devine
Connect to your inner-compass to make healthy life choices – at every koshic level – both on and of the mat. Through your personal practice you strengthen your body-mind-spirit connection and open up a channel through which innate body intelligence can speak. This body intelligence is like an innercompass, directing you subconsciously: you may begin in one asana and find yourself innately guided to the next. In ‘The Key Poses of Yoga’, Ray Long describes “this type of phenomenon, a feeling of “knowing” what do as “Body Clairvoyance”. This awakening progresses from the physical (Anamaya kosha) muscles to an ever-expanding understanding of your physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Thus the path of Jnana yoga (the yoga of self-knowledge) unfolds for deeper, root-cause healing.
1.Evaluate your known issues and needs by listening below
– Energy levels
– Connection to your inner-self
– Overall life state – how happy are you really?
Now research online for the keywords that have come up – ie: “yoga for…anxiety/arthritis/calm/ clarity/knee-pain/migraines/insomnia” – check out YouTube as well as other key online yoga portals.
2.Sankalpa What is your intension for your practice
Write this positively stated and in the present tense – as if experiencing it right now. For example: “My lower back is strong and I am feeling balanced, centered and am sleeping deeply.”
Where in your home can you set-up your practice space? How can you prepare the night before to roll directly onto your mat in the morning?
4.Create a beautiful temple
Invest in your self – with an indulgent scented
candle, incense, photos of places that hold treasured
memories: create a puja that energetically pulls you
in. Remember: your mat is your temple – your body
What time and for how long in the morning? Now subtract 10 minutes from that. It complements rather than competes with your roles and responsibilities with pleasure so that you can relax into your practice.
6.Research and check
Unless you have developed your practice to a level where you feel relaxed and happy to self-yoga medicate (or meditate!) research online, or in books, then check – does it genuinely ‘feel good’? Is it compelling and inviting or are you mentally overchallenging yourself? Go for quality over quantity.
7.Self practice for environment health
What will be the greater benefits for your world around you? How will your practicing positively enhance the life of your loved ones, colleagues, family and friends? “Connect to your inner-compass to make healthy life choices – at every koshic level – both on and off the mat.”YOGAMAGAZINE.COM 83
LARAH IS A YOGA THERAPY EXPERT, WELLNESS COACH AND FOUNDER OF LEADING WELLNESS BREAKS COMPANY, IBIZA RETREATS IBIZARETREATS.COM