Healing emotional trauma - balancing the base chakra - part 1
This class is about preparing ourselves, balancing ourselves and loving ourselves when we encounter one of the toughest experiences we'll ever endure: the passing of a loved one.
This class is full of gems of wisdom, warmth, kindness and hope. And it's full of yoga's profound secrets for healing and integrating ourselves when were in the midst of caring for someone who is passing into the infinite.
Andrew has put this class together as a result of his vast experiences with refugees in war zones, helping them heal the emotional trauma left after violence. The techniques have been tried and tested with his own experiences of the passing of his parents, and similar experiences of many of his friends and colleagues. This class is part of his upcoming online course on Living with Dying, a yoga perspective on helping a loved one through the end of their life.
Having recently lost his own father, Andrew is well aware of the challenges we all face when it comes to looking after loved ones 'in transition'. However, he also recognises that this is the most important time to keep a watchful eye on one more important person: ourself. As we all know, at times like this, we need all the help we can get. We hope you will find this session helpful - a healing balm to help in the process of caring and recovering from loosing someone you love.
Activation session including 'shake out', side bends, dynamic twist and 'cross-crawling' movements. When experiencing emotional turmoil, the left and right hemispheres of the brain can get out of sync. These light hearted movements trigger a 're-wiring' of the whole system.
Energy Block Release 1
A sensitive presentation of a familiar sequence to Dru Yoga, Energy Block Release 1. During the long hours, days and weeks of caring for the needs of others, we often put our needs on the back burner. Yet, more than ever, we need to look after our own body. Use this version of EBR 1 to help clear blockages in the muscular and cellular make-up of the body.
EBR 1 includes the following:
- A simple standing visualisation for grounding the body
- Side bends and finger flicks - use the sideways stretch to release tension in the chest
- Standing stretch
- Shoulder and arm rotations - release tension in the shoulders and activate the heart
- Neck movements - extend the upper vertebrae
- Standing twist - release tension in the spine
- Spinal wave with forward and backward bend - use this movement to free old stuck memories
- Forward bend with leg stretch and squat
The Breath of Arjuna
Breathing properly is a vital tool for releasing the body of deep anxiety that we tend to hold on to during these times. Practise equal ratio breathing as this enhances the healing process. In addition, add a 'power word' to help focus your mind on a positive emotion, e.g. 'appreciation', 'love' or 'peace.'
Warrior 1 and 2
Use these strong postures to localise areas of tension in the body where we hold grief at a cellular level - especially around the heart. Use your awareness and intention to raise and release tension. Repeat this movement to the right and the left until you feel your heart centre begin to warm.
The Earth Sequence
This unique Dru sequence is the ultimate stress-buster. It is powerful sequence that helps to release the magnitude of nature within you, replenishing your whole body.
Take the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved rest! This dynamic relaxation called 'waves of peace' is designed to effect the cerebral spinal fluid which control the healing forces that link the body and the brain.
This healing programme concludes with a guided meditation. Bring your awareness down to the base chakra and allow yourself to experience a sense of balance and deep inner peace.
To learn more about the base chakra click here to go through to our blog.