Reflections

Practicing Yoga can offer a new perspective. It helps you to view yourself, your life and the world around you from different angles. Conscious movement with the breath can show a clear reflection of something that might be quietly asking to be seen. When you allow yourself to take the time to slow everything down, to move away from the distractions and demands of modern life, your deep inner knowing is given the chance to speak.

Taking your practice to an outdoor space is an inspiring and creative way to get lost in time, adopting the pace of nature and opening up this communication beyond what can be rationalised by the intellectual mind. It is an interconnected experience, a way to feel. It’s a sacred moment to connect to your surrounding environment and feel a sense of unity with the world. Make some time to find a place outside, perhaps by a body of water, where you can lay out your mat.

This is an invitation to deepen your Yoga practice, reconnect to yourself and to the wider universe. When following the rhythm of the breath and remaining ever so conscious of each movement, the past slips away, worries of the future loosen their grip and you are free, suspended in time, brought home to the present moment. Here are some asanas that can be practiced to shift your inner perspective and connect to the present moment, allowing yourself to be here and now:

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Sirsasana II (Tripod Headstand)

The palms are flat on the floor with the arms and head creating a supportive base, like a tripod, and the legs are raised in the air. This challenging headstand is a great way to look at things from a different angle. Inversions give the feet a much needed break and can be physically invigorating at the same time as mentally uplifting.

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog)

With the palms placed down on the floor and the tops of the feet on the floor, the chest lifts up and the pelvis hovers above the ground. This pose lengthens the spine as well as strengthening the spine, arms and wrists. It also stretches the abs and helps to feel more space across the chest, improving posture.

Rajakapotasana (King Pigeon Pose)

One leg is placed in front of the body with the knee bent, the chest lifts up and the arms reach back to catch the back foot for a back bend with the back knee bent and resting on the floor. This pose develops flexibility in the hips, opening into the hip flexors and groin muscles.

Vriksasana (Tree Pose)

Balancing on one leg, the other leg bends with the knee facing out to the side and the foot either resting on the inside of the standing leg or tucked up by the hip for a bind. This poses strengthens the ankle and calf muscles, works the core and helps to find balance and inner stability.

Virabhadrasana II (Warrior 2)

Legs are wide with the front knee bent over the front foot pointing forwards and back foot faces the side. Arms spread out, simultaneously reaching forward and back. This posture strengthens the legs, gently stretches the hips and helps to feel open across the chest. It’s a good one to focus on the feet connecting to the floor, noticing the solid ground beneath.