Free practices to support your mental health, wellbeing & self care
The intention behind this gentle seated practice is to re-establish your connection to the ground bringing about a sense of calm. As we connect with our foundation to the earth we can feel supported and begin to move breath grow expand and heal.
Some days the hardest part is getting on your mat, with this class you don't even have to get out of bed if you don't want to, of course you are welcome to roll out your mat and join me on the floor, feel free to join me in any way that serves you today in this present moment, and know that the hardest part is over you have arrived here, I hope you enjoy this little bit of movement.
Today's practice is for the shoulders and hips, these can be two areas where we carry the most stress and anxiety in our bodies and we can hold alot of tension here. When we experience high levels of anxiety, nervousness or stress our bodies natural reaction is to tense up, when this happens consistently over a long period of time it can lead to muscle tension which can cause stiffness, tightness, aching and pain in your physical body around the neck and shoulders, this can be added to by everyday activities such as sitting for extended periods, texting, weak muscles, poor posture and incorrect alignment. The hips are an area where people hold alot of unconscious tension, old emotions and vulnerability - the unconscious tension can be held from one traumatic event or lots of little events where the stress of feelings like sadness, fear and worry are stored and get stuck, pain and discomfort from tight hips can be felt in the upper groin, lower back, hamstring strains , knees and sacroiliac joint.
At times through our healing and recovery process we can feel so disconnected from our bodies and numb, this meditation helps to connect you with yourself and reconnect with the senses.
Working within our range of motion to mobilise the major joints of the body from top to toe.
[TRIGGER WARNING: this class uses a strap as a prop which may be triggering for some people]
This 40-minute practice is an offering to take a moment of self love and compassion. We discuss yoga sutra 1.33, an essential teaching on compassion, and how we can implement this on and off the mat. This is a gentle restorative practice with time spent in each movement to be present and offer the body some kindness. Props required : Bolster (If you don't have a yoga bolster, pillows, cushions, blankets whatever you have around the house to offer the body some support) Blocks (you could always use books) I hope you enjoy the practice. Please remember to *subscribe* to this channel to get more breath tutorials, trauma-informed yoga practices, and yoga/trauma education. For more videos I invite you to visit my website www.sharoncannonyoga.com where you can join my on demand membership. Peace and love and light Om Shanti
A practice for inner sensation
This practice is an offering to take a moment of inner awareness. This practice can help to create a sense of grounding and connection, it is also helpful for relieving anxiety and helping calm the mind. It has a connection to the 2nd Chakra Svadhisthana meaning ‘ones own place’ you can access your own place through inner sensation. Feeling brings consciousness into the body and simultaneously brings the body toward consciousness. It is the ultimate connector between awareness and the body. We Feel where we are in space We Feel our orientation to gravity We Feel the rise and fall of our breath’ We Feel tingling of our limbs The feeling function is of importance to developing your practice and understanding the gift of yoga.
Props required : I invite you to bring 2 blocks for support under the hands (you could use books or pots or cans) we’ll also be using a block to sit on (you could use a couple of cushions or folded blankets for this)
A restorative practice for self love and compassion
This 40-minute practice is an offering to take a moment of self love and compassion. We discuss yoga sutra 1.33, an essential teaching on compassion, and how we can implement this on and off the mat. This is a gentle restorative practice with time spent in each movement to be present and offer the body some kindness.
Props required : Bolster (If you don’t have a yoga bolster, pillows, cushions, blankets whatever you have around the house to offer the body some support) Blocks (you could always use books) I hope you enjoy the practice.
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