This pose can be done lying down and standing. To begin with it is best to stick to the lying down version as the standing version needs an advanced ability to balance as well as extra flexibility.
Start by lying flat on your back on the mat. As you inhale, lift your right leg, keeping the knee straight, grab the big toe of your right foot with your right hand, holding the position for five ocean breaths before you let go of your toe and lower your leg back down to the floor as you exhale.
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There are rare times in life when we know exactly how to move forward or who to be with or who to be. Times when we don’t question our place in life and where we are going.
Notice I said the word rare when I spoke of these times. Even so, we cling to the idea of knowing. When it goes, we mourn its presence. We wish to have all the answers, especially when they are to our own questions.
When there is something that is nagging at you, begging to be known or figured out, this is a good time to meditate. Meditation reminds us that we don’t always have to hurry the process. We can wait patiently and listen for the answers to arrive in their own time.
For this meditation, have a seat and make yourself comfortable. Relax your pelvis into the earth. Take a big, deep, full breath and feel it in your bones. Listen to the sound of your breathing.
We will do the beginning of a meditation called Isha Kriya. When you inhale, think, I am not my body. When you exhale, think, I am not even my mind. Repeat the Isha Kriya quietly to yourself for five minutes. If you have time, repeat these phrases for even longer. Repeat until you realize that there is a part of you that is all knowing, a part that you can access beyond the overly analytical, thinking self.