Our YOGA & MEDITATION classes this half term will have focus on releasing tension from the shoulders. We’ll be learning the safe practice of Salamba Sarvangasana (supported shoulder stand) and some variations to enable all to participate in the benefits that this wonderful posture can offer. These include –
- soothing the nervous system and the mind, helping to relieve stress and mild depression
- stimulating the thyroid
- aiding digestion
- stretching the shoulders and neck
- reducing fatigue and insomnia
This posture is best avoided if you have an injury to the neck or shoulder area. Please follow the modified versions.
To perform the full posture you will need to bring 2 woollen blankets or bath towels to make a thick pad of fabric 2″ deep. I will explain more in class but be on the look out for these props as without them it is not safe for your neck to practice this posture.
We’ll be learning about Samskaras – types of ‘memory scars’ laid down into the fibres of our being/body from emotions that we have experienced. You can read more about this in an interesting article by Freddie Wyndham here
Our pranayama practice will be developing Brahmari – the humming bee breath. This is a practice that develops a sweet voice and is said to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Some great practices that you will find beneficial for this time of year – beating the winter blues.