We have explored the first three limbs of yoga... 1. Yamas (outer ethical codes) 2. Niyamas (the the inner, personal ethical practices) 3. Asana (postures) & today we move to the 4th limb of yoga...
With practice & loving patience we can create a beautiful relationship with our breath 💨
Take a moment to wiggle around in your seat. Find a bit of comfort.
✨Perhaps you notice your breath.
✨Notice what happens as you inhale.
✨Notice what happens as you exhale.
✨You might want to lengthen your inhale.
✨Perhaps you want to open your mouth as you exhale.
Patanjali shared that breath control can be:
💫bahya vritti = internal/inhale
💫abhyantara vritti = external/exhale
💫stambha vritti = stationary/retention
A self-reflective question:
How do I stay connected to my breath?
As we deepen our relationship with our breath we can learn to regulate our breath and relieve our minds of mental chatter... even if just for a few moments Our breath & our mind are interconnected so be playful as you notice how your breathe supports you in slowing and calming your mind ✨
In the Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology School, we continually practice coming back to our breath... to connect with ourselves & each other ✨
Full of gratitude for one of my teachers, Susanna Barkataki, who inspires me to decolonize yoga by honouring the roots of yoga! Please consider getting yourself Susanna's book.
Would love to hear your reflections!
♥️ Dr. Melissa Jay
Dr. Melissa Jay
109-705 10th Street Canmore, AB T1W2A3
We are located beside Communitea Cafe, on the corner of 10th St. and 6th Ave.
Dr. Melissa Jay is an Indigenous, Nehiyaw-Métis, person, a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, and the Indigenous Director of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. We at Canmore Counselling respectfully acknowledges the traditional lands of the Indigenous Peoples (Inuit, First Nations, Métis) of Canada. We are privileged to live on sacred lands and celebrate all of the Indigenous peoples, who live, work, play, and care for these lands. As an act of reconciliation and decolonization, may we work together to answer the TRC's Calls to Action: Truth & Reconciliation Commission Reports and Findings.