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Hello! Welcome to Body Moments ~ Inverting Your Forward Bend!
November 23, 2011
In the Moment when you Invert Your Forward Bend on the Foam Roller!
Step 1: Foam roller under hips, legs inverted straight up.
You may wrap your hands around the foam roller for support if needed.
Take a moment to center yourself here, and turn your attention to your breath. Begin to breathe deeply, for several breaths. Then, when you are ready, very slowly lower your legs toward your head.
Step 2: Legs being lowered slowly towards head.
Step 3: Legs straight, hands now on calves, moving lower.
Full inverted forward bend on foam roller, with head tucked towards legs.
The slower you move your legs lower, the more you can focus on the release. As in yoga, inhale deeply, and with each exhale, try to lower your legs a bit farther. You may wish to move your hands from the foam roller to your calves as shown in the the 3rd picture. This will aid you in the movement, however do not pull. Just use your hands to gently guide your legs to your head.
Go only as far as it is comfortable, then rest, supported in this position. Continue to focus on your deep breathing. If you feel that you can go farther in your release do so. The longer you hold this pose, the deeper you may find you can go. Breathe. Release. Breathe.
You may wish to tuck your head up toward your calves, to deepen the release, as you do with the seated forward bend. See the final picture, below. Do this only if you feel drawn to this movement, as your body allows.
As you release, you may wish to affirm, "God/the Universe supports me." "I relax into the moment and do not have to move forward at all." "I see the world inverted and and open to new ideas." "I bend to the unfolding in my life." "I am supported as I am bending toward
new ideas for my life."
When you are ready, slowly return to the simple legs straight up position as shown in the first picture. Relax here and re-energize your legs with energy from above! This simple leg inversion is very energizing to rejuvenate you. You may also wish to do a counter pose after this deep forward bend, by doing a simple back bend, such as the Fish Pose or the Bow Pose.
If your heart is drawn to this body moment, and you repeat this exercise as much as possible in the coming month you will ease into your new sense of being supported while bending toward new ideas. By practicing this body moment, it will become easier to see your life in new ways. With each body moment that you learn your new sensation of bending while feeling supported you will learn the skill for actual events in your life. If your life throws barbs at you when you are unprepared, you will be ready to see things from more than one perspective.
'May you always feel God's support as you release your desire to see things from one perspective, when you spend this moment with your body.'
'Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.' ~ Native American Saying