This time around I have something different to offer the reader; I have a guest post from Jane, who is the Owner and Operator of a Community-level Care company called Hospital Helpers based in the city of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. Jane says that she has recently begun to really immerse herself in the whole Yoga experience. Jane has involved herself in yoga on two different levels, as both a practitioner of it herself, and as an occasional assistant to someone who is teaching the benefits of yoga to those with varying levels of physical disabilities. I’ll leave the rest to Jane.
Visualize: Breathing your air in through your right nostril, exhaling through the left. Put your head down on the bolster pillow. Now breath that air into and down your spine to your sits-bones, then do a Keegal muscle tighting. Exhale out and raise your head off the bolster. Repeat.
A lot of instructions but once you get the rhythm it makes sense. Like all yoga practice, it takes practice. Now while breathing, visualize the “OHM”, don’t say it, just visualize it in your mind. Wow, what a concept. I can do this defraging anywhere. As long as I “Ohm” in silence, in my head, I can Ohm as many times as needed until I’m relaxed. I wonder if this works in meetings or when the kids are whining and pining for new expenditures. Oh, there it goes again: I’m meditating and my mind has wandered and I have wondered.
On this most sunny of September Vancouver days Yoga guru Mary Jo says, “your mind will wander, as sometimes it will, gently guide your thoughts back to the breath”. Funny how many times I catch myself having to reign-in my flighty- ADD- mind. Breathe in, breathe out make this sound, make that sound, not really knowing the clinical reasoning of the benefits of the vibrations of these breaths: ‘oh’, ‘zee’, ‘ohm’, ‘grr’. The vibration of the sound just seems to sooth me and I just concentrate on the ‘now-ness’ of the feeling. Mary-Jo’s voice so soothing and calm guides me in my new learnings of the second session at ICORD (International Collaboration Repair Discovery) gym in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre in Vancouver.
So this concept of visualizing things in my body, talking to my body, thinking into my body, what’s that all about?
I don’t know but it seems to bring me a sort of awareness that I’m really tight in my shoulders and my big toenail is digging into my shoe. So we stretch our necks, our shoulders, arms, and navel. We even did some nostril flexing exercises after our eye ball exercise. Oh what fun, I didn’t even know that I had nostril muscles. Inhale, exhale my horsey nose portals.
We push the long tables away and now everyone has their feet up on the cushioned bench. Some of us are more flexible than others and it takes a bit of tweeking to get into comfortable positions with more bolster pillows, blocks and straps. Now we’re all stretching our legs. One women takes off her braces and sighs, “wow, that feels amazing. I haven’t done this for a long time – the stretch feels so good.” Everyone smiles and we move back to the long tables and the end of the practice with deep breathing and relaxation. Mary-Jo has succeeded again in bringing us into what seems like a few minutes of Zen.
Time flys when you are in her Yoga space. Another lovely Namaste.