Yoga Challenge for Magical Mornings: Day 5

Yoga Challenge for Magical Mornings: Day 5

You know that feeling when you receive a wave of inspiration? Such a glorious feeling it is. Your heart beating to the rhythm of excitement, your soul dancing along with pure joy, and every inch of you just can’t wait to get started!

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This morning I felt incredibly playful when waking from the depths of slumber. I awoke with an idea. Instead of following one of the videos today.. I would simply follow my inner guidance during the practice. 

To follow what felt good to me. Unleashing my inner child and merely exploring what I as a whole needed this morning.

And that I did!

I rolled out my mat and hopped right on. Sitting cross legged and starting with drawing saucers with my nose one way and then the other. Imagining each saucer gradually getting larger – going from a tea cup size saucer to a dinner plate, and a large serving tray. 

Waking up my shoulders by bringing them as close to my ears with my inhale and letting it all go with my exhale. I took a little time to tend to my shoulders by giving each side a massage. Focusing on sending love and gratitude with my breath to the muscles in need. Such a good feeling!

Waking up my side-bodies while reaching my fingers up to the sky. Taking my left wrist in my right hand, bringing it to the right while imagining myself reaching to touch a fluffy cloud. Following suit with my other side as well.

From reaching for the sky, I rained my hands back down to the Earth as I made my way to all fours. Placing my hands and knees as wide as the yoga mat and my big toes kissing together. A beautiful hip, shoulder, and everything-in-between opener with extended cat-cow. Breathing lots of love in and sending to the areas in need.

After a few cycles of extended cat-cow in one direction and then the other, I brought everything back to center for a few yummy breaths. Leading with my hips, I shimmied on up to downward dog – taking some time to pedal out and just play. 

Reaching my hip to the left of me as well as to the right for a few breaths, then hopping up to meet in forward-fold with a smile. Walking my hands to the right for a little twist and to the left – giving my internal organs a little wash. Finding stillness in the middle. Letting go of everything that no longer serves me with each breath. 

Swimming my hands behind me, I eased my way to the Earth for cobblers pose (Baddha Konasana). I took the liberty to give myself a little foot massage for both sides starting with the arches and working my way through to my ankle. Pure contentment filled my happy sigh. In the magical world of reflexology, with just this simple act of massaging my feet I also tend to other connected areas as well.

Gently bringing my knees back together, I mindfully rolled onto my back and made my way to play in happy baby (Ananda Balasana ). I must say that every time I practice happy baby, I can’t help but laugh! To me, the act of laughter helps move stagnant energy in a fun way while further honoring my inner child!

Bringing my knees back together, I let them fall to one side for a reclined twist (Supta Matsyendrasana). My arms stretching left to right and my head turned to the opposite side that my knees faced. Once I completed the cycles of breath on both sides, I playfully windshield-wipered my legs to rest in corpse pose (śavāsana). Relaxing everything with each breath. 

I gave and have such gratitude for my inspiration to play and explore on this beautiful morning! A lovely reminder to take a step back in the moments where we perhaps feel stressed or under pressure in some way and simply choose to let go by coming back to your heart. To the natural and innate playfulness residing within each of us. 

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From this place in the present moment, is where we create. Create each moment in our day as well as our lives.

As one of my favorite sayings goes, “a wise tortoise once said…yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift…that’s why it’s called present”.

In gratitude and love, I tip my hat to you, dear friends. Namaste.

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