Welcome to one of the most exciting sequences in the Dru Yoga library, the Vitality Sequence. It is a powerful method to open the gateway to the energy source deep within you. Be prepared to be fully stretched and mobilised in all directions! Let go of tiredness, lethargy and despondency! It is the panacea to boost energy!
Once you have completed your warm up, the Bhima and the Gate postures will act as preparation for the Vitality sequence itself.
The Bhima Posture
The Bhima posture strengthens your legs and opens the chest. It begins the process of freeing and balancing the lower centres of Mooladhara, Swadhisthana and Manipura. These 3 energy centres are the main primal emotional centres that govern fear, attachment and ego. In the western world these centres are particularly weak due to the fast, competitive world and stressful lifestyle we often experience. By working with this posture on a regular basis, you will begin to turn the tide on these emotions and allow these centres to work for you and not against you.
The Gate Posture
The Gate posture focuses on a great stretch to the adductor muscles as well as opening up the sides of the torso. With this posture you can go deeper into the muscles of the body as well as free some of those deeper emotions. It also helps the liver, gall bladder and pancreas to rejuvenate and relax.
The Vitality Sequence
There are 3 stages to this sequence that act like a canal barge going through the gates from one area to another!
> Stage 1: Warrior and Bhima
The journey of energy combustion begins. This part of the sequence opens up the heart and upper body and acts like a magnet, that will help clear any emotion that is released in what follows. The lower energy centres are open as you move into the warrior. Then the spine and torso as a whole are gently manipulated to free the cerebospinal fluid and any tightness in the back.
> Stage 2: The Gate
This allows the lower body to remain still whilst the torso is mobilised from side to side, enabling us to free the rib cage, massaging the liver, gallbladder. The extended leg position, further opens the lower energy centres that work with transforming fear into courage, attachment to freedom of emotion, and anger to acceptance.
> Stage 3: The Bowing Tiger
This is the pinnacle of the sequence. It is designed to open up the master healer of them all - the Hrit Chakra. As you raise the leg behind you and simultaneosly lower your chest/chin to the floor, squeezing the shoulder blades together at the back, it allows an extraordinary opening in the heart of the heart – the location of the Hrit centre. As you bow forward, like water pouring into a glass, unwanted emotions move up from the base centres and pour into the Hrit where theyare naturally and mysteriously transformed - and an experience of deep healing can take place.
When both sides are complete you will then enjoy a relaxation, resting on the earth. You can imagine that you are with Ruth, on the top of the mountain, basking in the warmth of the sun and letting go of all your worries. Ahhh I can see you now!