week eight: reflection & integration
Meditation: A simple, grounding meditation. We'll set an intention to trust & receive inner guidance, and chant Om.
1. Child's pose. A gentle pose for resetting. The forehead rests on the mat, stimulating the third eye with subtle pressure.
2. Hero Pose. As simple as this pose is, it helps relieve tired legs, increase circulation and improve posture. It's also a gentle stretch for the hips, thighs, ankles, and feet. Seated Yoga Mudra is another variation.
3. Eagle Pose. Eagle requires balance and concentration, so is activating for the third eye. If Eagle is too challenging, any balancing pose can be practiced instead.
Breathing: The Breath of Union, (Alternate Nostril Breathing). This breathing technique integrates the energy of the left and right brain, and activates the pineal gland. It's both stimulating and relaxing, and helps prime the mind/body for meditation.
*A quick, soothing daily practice: rub your hands together vigorously, and place them over your eyes for a minute or two. This eases tension in the eyes and the muscles around them.
Self Care: Look for activities that help shift your perspective. Spend time in nature. Take a long bath. Eat "Brain Food": foods that contain antioxidants and Omegas. Berries, plums, red cabbage, fish, and dark chocolate & wine (in moderation). As always, drink plenty of hot water with lemon, and water in general. Set yourself up to get plenty of rest this week.
As always, take it easy on yourself this week. I'm here if you need me. And thank you for being here!
I love you.
Senses: Indigo is the color of the Third Eye chakra. LookChant the sound "OM/Aum". Essential oils that activate the third eye include sandalwood, myrrh, chamomile, nutmeg, grapefruit, rosemary. (This is just a short list. There are many more). Stones that support it: herkimmer diamond, lapis lazuli, amethyst, moldavite, apothelite (known as the reiki stone), labradorite, azurite, among others.