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Kaya Kriya – a beautiful relaxation for Body & Mind

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Kaya Kriya is one of my favourite yoga practices.
In this three-part relaxation technique, the lower, middle and upper body is progressively relaxed with a movement-breath-sound combination. On the IN breath, the feet are moved inwards, the arms outwards and the head turned to the right. The reverse process is performed on the OUT breath.

Here is a short recording (10 minutes) exploring this beautiful and simple practice; an offering from my heart to yours with love. Simply rest in savasana and enjoy!

Namaste

Sun/Moon guided relaxation

When we take a moment to look and feel, we can connect with the balance of life in and around us. Asun:moont times, we feel uplifted and energised and at other times, quiet and reflective. It’s natural to move between the two (in fact they support each other), this is healthy for our body, emotions and mind.

In this recording, we visualise the energising warmth of the sun shining down the front of the body and the soothing quality of the moon flowing underneath. Enjoy!

Opening to Clarity and Truth

vishuddhi chakra

The throat centre, vishuddhi chakra is the seat of verbal communication. When open and balanced, we give voice to our thoughts and feelings, our deepest hearts desire. We can speak with clarity and truth, expressing our wants and needs to others.

The colour associated with the throat centre is blue; a colour that brings peace and tranquility above everything else, promoting both physical and mental relaxation. It reduces stress, creating a sense of calmness, relaxation and order – we certainly feel a sense of calm if we lie on our backs and look into a bright blue cloudless sky. It helps regulate the metabolism.

Blue in Nature

  • ocean, water
  • fruit such as blueberries and blue plums
  • blue cheese
  • birds like bluejays, bluebirds, Blue Heron, robin’s egg
  • jewels like lapis lazuli, blue sapphire, blue topaz
  • flowers like forget-me-nots, cornflowers

Blue should be used with caution for those feeling sad, lonely or depressed, as it may increase these symptoms.

Here is a recording of a guided relaxation I used in class recently, connecting the colour blue and vishuddhi chakra.

Blessings

Auto Suggestion Relaxations

Here are two wonderful relaxation techniques that use auto suggestion in helping the body and mind to relax. They are especially beneficial to use in bed if you have difficulties getting to sleep. You may like to learn the sequence and repeat mentally to yourself or perhaps record yourself saying the sequence (it has been said that we relax best to the sound of our own voice!).

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Auto Suggestion Relaxation – Letting Go

Auto Suggestion on Exhale

Go fly a kite

In this recording, there is an opportunity to release any cares, worries or burdens from the mind. When the mind is uncluttered, there is space for creativity and clear thinking. Picture yourself in a clearing, flying a kite……..

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Kite – Letting Go Recording

Candle Visualisation

There is something so soft and beautiful in the light of a candle; it’s gentle glow warms and softens us from the  inside out. For me, when I sit with a candle, I connect with my own inner light and radiance, I feel calm, centred and peaceful.

In this relaxation, we use our imagination to picture a candle and observe it’s flame: the light it casts, the softening of the wax and how the flame responds to our breath. Find a comfortable position, preferably resting on the floor in savasana, though this would also work well sitting if you prefer.

Enjoy!

Becoming the Witness

In this recorded relaxation, we move through the physical body – observing the breath, the emotional body – observing our feelings and the mental body – observing our thoughts.
As you witness these various aspects of your personality, try to remain detached and watch as a spectator; interested and curious, without becoming involved or reacting. Maintain a sense of co-operation between these aspects of self, fostering a loving and gentle attitude.
With love

Circles of OM

Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril) breathing is an effective way to cultivate feelings of balance and wellbeing.  There are many ways to enjoy this pranayama and here I invite you to explore a creative approach using visualisation. This can be performed in a comfortable seated position or resting in savasana.  Always ensure the breath is relaxed, smooth and subtle. Enjoy the benefits of a mindful, quiet practice. Focusing on our breath helps to take our mind inward and create one pointed focus.

 

Where Blue meets Blue

I was fortunate to spend a few days down by the beach recently which has inspired this voice recording. There is a real sense of space  at the beach; distant horizons, boats moored off the shore, seabirds in flight and endless stretches of sand. It’s a wonderful place to open yourself to space; between each breath, between your thoughts. As you step slowly and mindfully along the shore, you are drawn into the present through your senses. This heightened awareness of ‘now’ creates mental calm and quiet which is reflected in your body and your breath. This is the union of yoga.

In practice I find patience and peace

Dipping cloth into dye

I love Erich Schiffmann’s book ‘YOGA The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness’. He speaks in a way that resonates truth: his words feel familiar and comfortable to me, like a favourite jumper. I share with you a piece I particularly enjoy. It is about awareness, connection and presence; the benefits of a mindful, ongoing yoga practice.

“Deliberately be still. Close your eyes, relax and breath, be aware, and consciously experience your present moment of conscious awareness. Immerse yourself in your own unique feeling-tone. Feel you. Bask in the exquisite experience of being alive, of conflict-free high energy peace, and become thoroughly familiar with the core tone of who you are.

This is like dipping cloth into dye.  Each dip of the cloth strengthens the cast of the dye and enhances the colour. Here, however, you are dipping yourself into you. You are experiencing you. Each time you do so, you become more you; that is, your sense of the authentic you is enriched. Each dip into the silent experience of you washes away more false ideas, which enables the real you to shine forth more clearly to yourself and others; that is, your sense of the authentic you is enriched.”

We can find this connection to self when we rest in savasana, as we hold a posture, or sit in meditation. When we hold our thread of awareness throughout the practice, it becomes more about the feeling, tone and experience of the yoga. We find an inner stillness that enables our authentic self to the rise to the surface of our awareness and into the light.

This thread of awareness can be observed and experienced on many levels. I invite my students to notice:

1. Any sensations or feelings from the physical body

2. The quality of the breath

3. The state of mind

4. An overall feeling or tone that permeates the entire being

How wonderful it is to take the time within your practice to truly observe, to be fully present; to be witness to the amazing changes that are taking place moment to moment. The opportunity to know yourself in truth, beauty and peace.

In practice, I find patience and peace 

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