I teach yoga to persons with disabilities where the person often has a weaker side which sometimes cannot move without assistance. In class I often encourage them to do the pose or movement on the stronger/ dominant side first to really feel in their body how the movement feels. I then encourage them to close their eyes and visualize the second side doing the same movement. They will often find an increase in strength and flexibility on the weaker side. There have been studies done on the powerful effects of visualization even for athletes. Check out this link.
One morning right before I awoke, I had a dream I was in Crane (Bakasana) Pose. In my dream, I could feel my abdominal muscles engaging and all the muscles working that needed to work. During my morning practice, I told my husband my dream and that I was going to see if I could do the pose, which I could not do before. Wow, I got into the pose with ease. I shared my experience with my students and encourage them to keep visualizing!
What is something you want for your life? Try some visualization. I would love to hear how it works for you!
“To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.” Richard Bach
This week I would like to invite you to try a meditation/visualization practice. After the birth of my daughter, 14 years ago, ( wow, really), I went through a period of my life with high anxiety. This anxiety was keeping me from doing fun things around others and hurting my marriage. I started seeing a psychiatrist that was more open to talk therapy, yoga and meditation. In a session, she invited me to close my eyes and visualize a place where I felt most peaceful and joyful. The first place that came to mind was a beautiful rose park in our town, (I wrote a previous post about this beautiful park https://yogaandinspiration.com/2012/06/). She took me through this park with my senses. I found this practice so helpful and accessible to do on my own when I started feeling overwhelmed. I often used this meditation/visualization while going to sleep which helped me drop into a deeper more restful state of sleep. I invite you to read through this and then sit or lay down and try for yourself. What is your most peaceful place?
See all the colors around you.
Notice any sounds you hear.
Notice the textures around you and, feel the warm sun on your skin or a soft gentle breeze blowing through your hair.
Notice any pleasant aromas in the air.
Observe how calm and peaceful you feel in this favorite place.
Find a place to sit or lay down and rest in this favorite place feeling so relaxed and safe.
May you find comfort with this practice.
The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
– James Allen
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