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Yoga Girl Daily - October 16th 2019

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Meditation, Wellbeing Wednesday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

We spend so much time in our minds; overthinking things, running through our to-do list, and working at a high pace.

As you drop into your 5-minute meditation practice today, connect to your body. Notice where you are holding tension.

Then notice, as you focus on releasing that tension, the space you are left with. Feel your shoulders dropping and your body getting lighter.

Not everything weighing you down is yours to carry.


[00:35] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily and happy Wellbeing Wednesday. It's hump day today, which means it's time for us to drop into our five-minute meditation. If you have the ability to sit down and close your eyes, please go ahead and do that. Just any space where you can connect to the body, to the breath, and to the heart. So, as you close your eyes and begin to draw awareness inward. We spend a lot of time in our day living from the space of the mind where we're constantly thinking and wondering and solving problems and doing things in our day-to-day. So the moments we have of meditation in our lives, we want to immediately bring some awareness from the workings of the mind into the body.

[01:33] You can do that by dropping into this very physical place of just feeling what's moving through the body right here, right now. How are you feeling? What's moving through your body, through your heart, right in this moment? If you want, you can check in on that very physical level and inquire: is there anywhere within your body right now where you might be carrying a little bit of tension? Usually we all have that specific place where if we've had an intense type of day, that special part of the body where we tend to accumulate a little bit more tightness than others. So just notice within the body.

[02:23] Is there something you can do right now to soften a little bit? Is there something you can lean into, something you can drop? Perhaps it's the expression on your face. We spend a lot of time in our day-to-day holding ourselves together. So, what would happen if in this moment you just let your face drop? You can unclench your jaw, soften your forehead.

[02:55] Relax your cheeks, your chin, soften all way into the back of the neck. What about your shoulders? Is there any sense of energy being collected there around the shoulder area? Can you just let the shoulders soften a little bit and then let that softness from your face, from your neck, from your shoulders emanate throughout the entire rest of your body and let that softness sweep through your physical space and with its sweeping away and releasing any tension that you might have been experiencing anywhere so that you're left with this feeling of space. This spaciousness within the body that you can choose to leave and let it be as it is or that you can choose to fill up with anything you like.

[03:51] Imagining your next breath in is one of the deepest breaths you've taken all week long. So filling all the way up and as you exhale through the nose, feeling the body lightening, releasing any heaviness, any weights you might've been carrying on your shoulders, imagining all the things that may be held to the body right now that are no longer of use. Let your exhale sweep all of that away. So with every cycle of breath you take, you become a little bit lighter. And noticing now the quality of the breath as it's moving through the body. Perhaps now that you feel or are experiencing just a little bit more lightness, the breath can also grow deeper. Perhaps there's more space for the breath to expand and explore different parts of the body and just letting yourself dwell in this place right here, right now. Appreciating your ability to be very present, appreciating your body, your breath, and the sense of space. Let's do one more full body breath…

[05:30] And then gently begin to blink your eyes back. Take this final moment of this practice to appreciate the fact that you gave yourself these five minutes to be very present in your body. Thank you so much for practicing with me today. Yoga Girl Daily will be back tomorrow.

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