Brain Nourishing Pose: By Christine Wushke
This pose is great for bringing extra circulation into the brain. I find it refreshing and yet relaxing at the same time. If you have high blood pressure use caution in this pose. Come out of the position slowly if you feel any pressure in the head or behind the eyes.
1. Begin with a chair in front of you, and some yoga blocks near by.
2. Bend forward until you feel a stretch in the backs of your legs. Check to see what height your hands naturally reach to without forcing them farther. Bring your hands down to your chair checking that you are not pushing the stretch to far. It should feel like a very easy and gentle stretch at this point. (If it is not, then place a folded blanket or yoga block on top of the chair.) The idea is to use the props so that the pose can meet your body where it is right now without any strain whatsoever.
3. Breathing evenly and smoothly, allow the back of the legs to relax and release. Once the stretch in the backs of the legs diminishes, move your hands down further onto the yoga blocks. (If this creates strain or pain, then go back to using the chair.)
4. Place your hands securely on the blocks and check that your weight is on the centers of the feet.
5. If you feel like you can go further, let the hands hang down to the floor. Listen to the signals the body is giving you, use whichever props are most suitable to match your comfort level. Avoid forcing your body too far.
5. Hang here for as long as you are comfortable, breathing evenly. Imagine that you are drawing nourishment into your brain with every breath.
6. Slowly uncurl your back using your props to help you up (if necessary.)
7. Stand for a few minutes breathing evenly, feel and enjoy the effects of the pose.
Benefits: Increases the circulation to the brain and sinuses. Increases flexibility in the legs and back. Increases energy and rejuvenation. Emotionally nourishing and uplifting.
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Christine Wushke is a certified yoga and meditation teacher with over 15 years of experience. Her aim is to create a sacred space for students to effortlessly find the presence of stillness and an inner silence. Christine’s mission is to raise consciousness on the planet by empowering people to realize their own Divinity and to uncover a deep peace within. Christine is committed to assisting you in your journey, and helping you to realize directly for yourself the truth of what you are, and the stillness of truth within. In addition to her yoga and meditation training, Christine is also a registered massage therapist. In the past two years she has studied extensively in the spiritual tradition of Advaita Vedanta. Her teaching style is largely influenced by Iyengar yoga, and the nondual tradition of Advaita.