March 2016: Speaking With Truthfulness

Ashtanga, the Eight Limbs of Yoga in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are essentially 8 steps that act as guidelines to be living a meaningful good life.

One of the Yamas, ( moral conduct on our behaviour ,ethics and sense of integrity) in the Eight Limbs of Yoga, is Satya ; Truthfulness.

What does being Truthful mean to you?

How do you practice truthfulness in your daily life from a place of love?

Staying True to your own purpose, your own voice and your own identity is a great starting point. 

It requires some courage, vulnerability and compassion to speak from a place of truth within ourselves, which then is communicated through the words we speak and how we speak it. 

We explore a few poses to stimulate and balance the throat chakra to seek and bring some balance to the way we communicate certain truths to ourselves and people around us.

Plough Pose 



Benefits:
- Stretches calves, thighs and hamstrings for leg flexibility
- Stretches spine and shoulders
- Relieves bloating and gas
- Stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands,throat, lungs and abdominal organs
- Therapeutic for stress,insomnia, menopause, headaches
 

Contraindications:
- Neck injuries
- Pregnancy
- Diarrhea
- Menstruation

1.   Inhale, raise the legs together slowly and gracefully without bending the knees to 45 degrees.
2.   Continue to inhale and raise legs further up to 90 degrees position and simultaneously bring the arms down placing them next to the buttocks.
3.   Exhale, raise the buttocks and the trunk without lifting the head. Support the back by the palms. Rest the elbows on the ground firmly to get better support to the back. Maintaining the legs parallel to the ground, straighten the trunk by pushing it up with the hands till the chin is well set in the suprasternal hollow. Inhale in this position.
4.   Exhale, bring down the toes further to touch the ground. Release both hands and rest the arms straight on the ground parallel to each other with palms facing the ground.
Maintain in this position for one minute with normal breathing.
5&6. Inhale, come back slowly step by step as 3,2,1 to rest he trunk on to the floor.
7. Now exhale and bring down legs to the ground.
8. Relax in Savasana.

Shoulderstand 

Benefits:
- Similar to Plough pose
- Improves digestion
- Reduce varicose veins
- Tones legs, buttocks


Contraindications:
- Pregnancy
- Menstruation
- Neck Injuries
- High blood pressure
- Diarrhea

1. From Plough Pose, lift one leg up with core engaged to steady the pelvis, lift the other leg up.
2.Bring both feet together and keep lifting tailbone up. 
3. Maintain thighs in line with the mid torso ,squeezing inner thighs more to lift.
4. Stay for 8-10 breaths.
5. Release legs back into plough pose and gently bring trunk and legs down to floor.
6. Rest in Savasana.

Fish Pose 

Benefits:
- Stretches hip flexors
- Stretches intercostal muscles around the ribcage
- Mood lifting
- Strengthens upper back and neck
- Stretches throat
- Relief throat and respiratory ailments
- Stress and anxiety relief


Contraindications:
- Back injuries
- High or low blood pressure
- Migraine

1. Slide below the hips/buttocks, bring forearm and elbows tucked beside the torso.
2. Push down through the forearms and lift the upper back and bring crown of head touching the ground, gazing to the back.
3. Take 8-10 breaths.
4. Gently release the head and upper back down to the mat and rest in Savasana.

My favourite blue crystals! From Left, Blue Lace Agate, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire bracelet, Blue Agate bracelet.

My favourite blue crystals! From Left, Blue Lace Agate, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire bracelet, Blue Agate bracelet.

Blue is a colour of calm, creativity and communication. Surround yourself with all things blue or wear an accessory or two with blue elements to remind yourself about the creative communicative energy we intrinsically possess and learn to use it wisely to speak our own truth from within.

Till the next time!

Love,
Amanda