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Hello! Welcome to Body Moments ~ In the Moment with the Forward Bend!
September 25, 2011
In the Moment with the Forward Bend!
Mountain Pose, with Hands in Prayer Position
Take a few moments in the Mountain Pose standing straight, elongated and tall. You may place your hands down by your side if you prefer. Breathe here and center yourself and your attention on your breath. Feel your spine lengthening, as the crown of your head lifts toward the heavens and as you root your feet in the ground.
Focus on your breath. Feel it deepening. (I use the breathing technique that I taught you in the April Issue of Body Moments.)
When you are ready, raise your arms over your head in a smooth sweeping motion. Reach for the sky and with a flat back, bend forward at the waist, slowly and smoothly until your chest is close to your knees.
Standing Stretch, Arms Overhead
Let your hands hang and touch where they fall, on your knees, you calves, your toes or the ground. As you inhale in this position, raise up your torso slightly and elongate it even farther. Then when you exhale, you can again, relax down into the bend, perhaps bending forward just a bit more.
Feel the letting go and the release. Feel the ground on your feet and shift your weight slightly forward so that you are not sitting back to far. Reach your sit bones toward the sky as you sink farther with each exhale.
Standing Forward Bend, Uttanasana
How does the world feel for you now when you are folded forward? Are you broken in two? Do you feel supported or weak? Do you feel strengthened? Are the feelings peaceful or scary? Do you sense new perceptions or do you force down any new sensations? Are your feet grounded? Do you feel grounded?
Breathe in this supported yet relaxed position and notice any emotions arising. Do you feel a heightened sense of energy flowing into your upper body and head? Continue to inhale, lift your torso slightly, and on the exhale, relax deeper into the pose as you release and bend forward a little farther.
Stay in this moment as long as you are able or as long as your heart desires. Breathe. Relax into the moment as you experience a new way of being. Let Go. Release. Breathe.
Affirm, "I release my stress and I receive new energy and strength." "I am well-grounded and strong." "I look forward to all new experiences and sensations."
When you are ready, slowly bring your torso back up, rolling up your spine, one vertebrae at a time. Inhale as you roll up. Return to the mountain pose.
You can repeat the Standing Forward Bend as your heart desires.
If you can repeat this body meditation as much as possible in the coming month you will ease into your new sense of groundedness. The more you practice this, the easier it will become and the more releasing will occur. With each body moment that you learn the new sensation of feeling strong and grounded, you will learn the skill for actual events in your life when you feel uncontrollable anxiety or stress.
'May the Earth support and ground you as you release your cares and woes when you spend this moment with your body.'