At Yoga Club this week the theme was “Connecting”. The focus of this session was how do we connect with our selves and how do we connect with those around us?
How often do we really look into the eyes of another person? I mean really look, not just make eye contact but linger? Into the eyes of a loved one? Into the eyes of a stranger? How often do we put on a mask and show the people around us who we think they think we should be or act? Our mouths can smile and say what we think we should but if that smile does not come from the heart then the eyes will always betray it.
Take a moment every day to really look into the eyes of those you interact with. Be present in that moment. See past their mask and remove yours in the process.
To truly connect with others you need to be connected to your self. In Yoga Club this week we connected to our bodies and our breath with the help of a wall and a breathing buddy –
Legs up the wall pose
Begin by sitting as close to the wall as you can.
Lay back and swing your legs up so they are resting up the wall (shuffle your bottom in a little until it touches the wall).
Place a breathing buddy (this can be a beany toy or a bean bag or a sock full of rice!) onto your belly and rock the breathing buddy with your breath (feel the belly rise as you breathe in and fall as you breathe out).
Being against the wall and the floor, and being upside down helps you to connect with your physical body. Feeling your belly rise and fall helps you to connect with and focus on your breath.
This pose relaxes the body, regulates the breath and focusses the mind. It calms the nervous system and can help with issues around sleeping, eating, behaviour, concentration and stress levels.
Another way to achieve all of the above is singing! Relax your jaw, open your mouth wide and sing a yoga song –
“Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm”.