Yoga Suits Her
I've been teaching yoga since 1980. A lot of my identity is tied up with being a yoga teacher. What does that mean? What should that mean? On this site I explore my personal journey and provide commentary on the state of yoga in the twenty-first century. I invite you to have a look and see what may be here for you.
Photo by: Julie Slavin Photography, Old Bar
The elder immune system
I ran across the 'life is short' quote chalked on the sidewalk in New York City a few years back. It made me wonder, who wrote it, why did they write it? I decided it was someone of advanced years feeling their age and the brevity of their remaining time. It could have also been an unwell younger person who was suddenly facing their mortality.
At present, most of us are more aware of our mortality than ever with the coronavirus presenting as a pandemic. Every day we hear that aged populations and any persons with weak immunity are most at risk.
I woke up this morning and thought, I need to do a relatively passive yoga practice with an good number of upside-downs in it. Aha! A while back I designed such a practice for the YogaAnywhere special needs card packs. So, I just dipped into a pack and pulled out the Immunity Booster card.
I can't say that the following sequence of poses is a guaranteed boost for the immune system. I do know from my own experience that it has several benefits. It helps clear my sinuses when they are congested. It creates space throughout my body as I drape myself over the soft props. I can do this while being quiet so I can centre myself and see what's happening internally. That means I can feel into my body, right into all my body's systems.
Having some basic equipment is helpful to make practising these poses accessible. With props for support, you can relax because your mind sends the message: relax! You're not having to do it all on your own.
Setubandha Sarvangasana, lying over bolster, feet on blocks at wall and strap around legs (5 min.)
Supta Baddha Konasana, bolster, blankets, strap, (5 min.)
Supta Virasana, bolster or two blocks, blanket, (3-5 min.)
Repeat Setubandha Sarvangasana (5 min.)
Adho Mukha Svanasana with bolster and blocks (2 min.)
Sirsasana or preparation for Sirsasana at the wall (2-3 min.)
Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana, lying over a chair, head supported on bolsters or blocks, (3 min.)
Sarvangasana, supported on chair (5 min.)
Halasana, supported (3 min.)
Repeat Setubandhasana Sarvagasana, (5 min.)
Viparita Karani, on bolster with blanket and strap, (5-10 min.)
Savasana, blanket, eyes covered, (5-10 min.)
Finish with some seated breathing, say Ujjayi Pranayama or Viloma Pranayama.
Yoga Sequence for Boosting the Immune System
Yoga practitioners are human and subject to illness, despite following the most conscientious lifestyle. So when in recovery from any nasties, this practice based on one of B.K.S. Iyengar’s sequences is an invaluable practice. […]
The Previous 4 Posts
Bolstering Our Immune Systems
Does anyone need to be told that we are well into the cold and flu season?
We are approaching the shortest day of the year. But we’re fooling ourselves if we don’t see that the Aussie winter is just beginning to settle in.
As smart yogis, we can bunker down, take care and look after our immune systems so as not to succumb to colds and flues.
For optimum health, all of us know to eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables, Vitamin D and lean protein. […]
There are many ways of dealing with back pain. We can seek western or eastern medical treatment. We can lie in bed until the pain mercifully passes. […]
Welcome to Take Care
From today Yoga Suits Her blog will feature daily posts relating to taking very good care of oneself. Being kind to oneself. Practising self-care.
Why do I want to emphasise self-care at this time? Because I’ve noticed recently that I haven’t been doing well in this department.
I have much room for improvement in the area of self-care. And maybe you do too. Little things, like resting when I’m tired, taking time to prepare meals carefully and eating mindfully. […]
Recently, I’ve had two episodes of feeling overcome with sadness. Not depression, but awash in sadness. You might have had times like this, too. They seemingly come out of nowhere and when I experience them, I feel compelled to figure out what’s going on. My hope is that I can defuse the melancholy as soon as possible, once I understand it. Thinking can take me out of the experience of being sad, as I build a narrative around the emotion. Sometimes the sadness is simply a black cloud that envelops and it’s not something to be understood. […]
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