I think we can all breath a sigh of relief that spring has finally sprung. Even if the skies are still grey sometimes, the boisterous, beautiful colors of blossom and narcissi mean that the season of fertility and planting seeds is well and truly upon us.
Any green fingered readers out there will know that for any seed to flourish, it must be provided with a nurturing, rich environment to take root in. In order to enjoy the bountiful prizes from sowing your seeds, you must first do the groundwork and pour love, time, and energy into giving them the best possible head start in life. I think we can apply this idea to any ‘seed’ in our lives; the seeds of flowers and vegetables, the seeds of ideas, the seed that precedes a child.
So for this month’s yoga asana I have chosen Supta Baddha Konasana or Reclined bound angle pose. This restorative posture encourages deep relaxation and nurturing, promoting a centering and balancing of the emotions and nervous system so that the body can provide abundant energy for whatever it is you are trying to grow, whether that is an idea, a state of being, or maybe even a baby.
Supta Baddha Konasana has long been heralded as an appropriate pose for women trying to conceive as it improves blood flow to the pelvic and reproductive areas of the body.
As it is a restorative posture, it is suggested to use any props (such as blankets/bolsters under the knees, a pillow under the head, a blanket to cover the body) that increase your ability to find supported comfort and release. Comfort is key.
- Lie on the back and bring the soles of the feet together allowing the knees to rest out to the sides.
- Hands should rest where they are comfortable, some suggestions include; on the belly in order to feel the rise and fall of the breath in the body, on the floor or close to the body, or on the floor out in a ‘T’ shape.
- Close the eyes and allow the weight of the body to drop into the floor and/or any props you are using for support.
- Bring your attention to your breath and allow the inhalations and exhalations to be easy and rhythmical. Stay here for 5-20 minutes relishing in the sweetness.
By Jasmine Pradhan from stretchandthecity.co.uk
Jasmine teaches Hatha yoga (sometimes dynamic, sometimes slower) with an open heart and an open mind. She believes that every individual already has the tools they need to achieve true happiness and wellbeing, and that sometimes they just need a little help discovering them. She truly believes that a dedicated yoga practice can be the key to that toolbox, and aims to facilitate that discovery for her students.
Disclaimer: Always consult with your doctor before starting any new physical activity. Always practice under the supervision of a qualified teacher.