In light of the very recent event this week in Toronto and also a few weeks past in Humboldt, our entire country could use a big hug right now. Whether we know someone involved or are just trying to process what happened through media outlets and shared stories, we grieve as a collective. We feel the pain of those suffering or might be anxious or scared as to what might be around the next corner. Working through grief and trauma is a process, and one that is never a straight line. For further references on teaching trauma-informed classes, please click here.
The following theme can be used either for your own personal practice, or for your group classes or one on ones that you are teaching. Everything below is just a guide based on my thoughts and experiences in the moment. Feel free to change anything to better suit your teaching/practice style or so that it feels more authentic to you and your own teaching voice. Namasté
Theme: A Practice for Healing
Marianne Williamson: “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.”
Physical Focus: Poses should be nurturing. Strength poses can be used (Warriors, Triangle etc.) avoid new poses that are complex and challenging.
Pranayama: Ujjayi or Whisper Breath
Chakra: Anahata – the heart chakra
Mudra: Healing Mudra, index finger tucked under thumb
Mantra: Ra Ma Da Sa
Ra, Ma, Daa, Saa, Sa Say, So, Hung
Translation: Sun, Moon, Earth, Impersonal Infinity, Totality of Infinity, Personal Sense of Merger and Infinity, The Infinite Vibrating and Real
This mantra has been long revered as a healing mantra in kundalini yoga. Whether holding it’s healing qualities for yourself or sending the message of healing outwards. There are many beautiful versions of this song available through digital music sources. My favourite artists include: Snatam Kaur, Arjeet Kaur and Simrit Kaur. The YogaFit presents Snatam Kaur CD is available for purchase here
A calm breath centered practice should be used here. Invite students to listen to their bodies and give them permission to pull back from some of the intensity in their typical practice. Choosing options that feel good and providing lots of options to choose from.
When doing heart chakra work, focus more on closed in postures such as forward folds or butterfly. Allowing our students to close in for protection, avoiding feelings of vulnerability. Back extensions should be soft and comforting over invigorating.
Avoid too much silence. Our students looking for healing will welcome the distraction of your voice and or music to give them something to focus on rather than getting lost in their thoughts.