“A quiet mind helps strengthen the immune, digestive and nervous systems whilst being open to insight and wisdom”
This is my gift to you.
I have seriously fallen deeply madly in love with a delicious Restorative Yoga posture. It never fails to fill me with oodles of calm gentleness and a quiet mind – even if I’m feeling scattered or overwhelmed from living excessively in my head.
Sacred Cave is my “go to” place when life is verging on super crazy busy. It allows me to let go ….. and just be ….. for as long as it takes to feel more settled on the inside. Sacred cave is the deserving name I’ve given this awesome relaxing restorative yoga posture.
Please, please do try it. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
It’s effortless in essence – pure simplicity – yet communicates deeply to your whole body, mind and soul. I can not begin to explain how profoundly therapeutic and blissed out I feel even after only 5 minutes.
Besides, if it can relax my 14 year old son (pictured left) then it can relax anyone.
Calming qualities of the sacred cave:
Read the following slowly and really feel into the energy of the words.
All words have been intentionally chosen.
As you welcome the deeper wisdom of the words your body will intuitively receive the therapeutic benefits of this posture even more profoundly.
* The delicate tilting forward of the head encourages the mind to let go and surrender. Bowing in honour of your body.
* The soft acupressure on your forehead, gently moves the skin downwards (towards your nose) triggering your parasympathetic nervous system. The relaxation response is triggered.
* With your head feeling absolutely safe and supported (by the yoga bolster) you begin to notice a release from your facial muscles, tongue, jaw, neck and shoulders with each passive exhale. The letting go has begun.
* Next is a softening of your upper back as you allow it to round slightly as the relaxation process gracefully deepens. You now breath calmly into your back. The other half of your respiratory system.
* The relaxation felt in your neck and shoulders now flows down into your arms, through your palms reaching the tips of your fingers. Your hands and wrists can finally deeply rest.
* Your awareness gradually shifts to your belly. You allow it surrender, un-clench and flop. There’s no need to hold on anymore. It’s safe to sink – even more deeply into your body. Your belly feels relieved. It can now receive your inhales more fully.
Look at the picture above and do whatever you need to do to get comfortable and feel supported 100% by the bolster. There will be a magical balancing point where the head rests on the bolster without any worry of the bolster giving way. Place a blanket under your bottom if you need too. If that’s too uncomfortable then perhaps you’d prefer to sit on another bolster or a few cushions.
You might also prefer to have your legs straight out in front of you instead of crossed. The choice is yours. You may have to wiggle around a little until you’ve found a comfortable resting position.
Create the cave feeling – giving darkness to quieten your senses and nourish your nervous system.
Personally, I feel the weight and softness of the blanket is crucial as it greatly deepens the relaxation experience. It’s a bit like Goldie locks and the three bears. Not too heavy and not too light. Just the right weight to feel nurtured.
Most times I rest my hands in my lap, sometimes I feel drawn to hold them in prayer pose over my heart, a hand mudra or other times rest them on the floor. Do what feels right for you on the day.
With your body now comfortable you can drift off to your happy place, rest is silence, listen to the Flower Duet (I’m listening to it now as I write), repeat a mantra or simply follow your breath.
Stay until you feel a sense of relief.
Alternate if you don’t have yoga bolster:
It’s easy. You can get exactly the same effect with a chair and a few cushions or blankets.
Place 2, 3, 4 or more cushions on top of a chair so you can comfortably rest your forehead on the cushions without any neck or shoulder strain. Your body position should look much the same as if you had a yoga bolster for your forehead to rest on.
It’s that simple.
In case you were wondering I buy my yoga bolsters from Yoga King as I live in Australia. They are organic cotton and filled with kapok.
~ Recent Daily Ritual ~
Muscles tense. Chest tightens. Jaw clenches. You under-breathe.
The mind becomes anxious. Thoughts race.
Know your breath is medicine.
Deepen, slow and relax your breath. Your body will soon follow. Feel safe and more in control again. xx Carole
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~ What I’m reading at the moment ~
This I Know: Notes On Unraveling The Heart by Susannah Conway.
I have a girl crush on Susannah. Her words. Her writing. Her honesty. Her rituals. Her connection to pen and paper. Her kindred spirit.
This is a beautifully crafted book. Each chapter a personal journey of Susannah’s story. Sudden death of a partner. Writing. Photography.
An exquisite adventure that prompts you to pause, reflect and unravel your own life.
This book is a keeper. Not one you borrow from the library or friend and return. xx Carole
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