I dedicate this May series to a dear friend whose husband passed away last night. It was sudden. I am in shock but trying to move on and do the next thing…
which is to publish the first blog of this May series.
So here it is. As usual I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for any comments or questions
The benefits of yoga for people with Schizophrenia or other mental health disorder or anybody really…
Yoga grounds you.
Can bring you back to reality if only for a few moments of your day.
I hate to do hard things so I am really only talking about the easy kind of poses that are meant to be done deeply and properly. See Youtube with Adrienne for ideas and guided routines that will teach you proper form and give you a good work out if you are so inclined. For poses that are too difficult, take a break and go into child’s pose.
I like to start on the ground on my thick mat with cat/cow pose and deeply stretch into each counting to 20. Then I go into child’s pose, can finally get my forehead to the ground!
I am always ok when I am doing yoga.
I usually do it at night but do it throughout the day most days… but I always stretch. Feels good to take care of my body. I follow my dog’s lead and often stretch with them in mornings.
Yoga makes you strong when one lets it.
Yoga relaxes you when you need it.
Yoga is a magical journey into your body with your own muscles and tendons flexing and pointing all your body parts.
I like to close my eyes and just rest them as I connect with the earth.
Lying on my back, reaching high into the air with my feet and my hands with a pillow or bolster to support my back and my shrinking body.
I have lost 30 pounds to date since September 2019 on WW but that is a topic for another day.
I have not always had a regular practice, quite the opposite…
I have always wanted to do yoga but the desire grew so strong in me that I created my own space long before regular practice. I followed yogis on Facebook, made a yoga collage, signed up for a free magazine, you get the idea. And now I am finally using it when I feel the need. At any moment in the day I can get out my mat and practice.
I have been to a few classes and enjoyed it but I like to move at my own pace and one class I took before all this craziness in the world, was a class that taught how to deepen your poses. I also attended several classes prior to learn correct form although I often practice my own version depending on my mood and energy level all at home naturally.
My favorite pose though other than pigeon with supported blocks deeply stretching the hip and leg area
The corpse pose
I save this for the end but sometimes if it is a long routine (20-30 minutes) I do it in the middle too because hey who hates to not take a nap and rest muscles? It is just basically laying there and it’s extra nice to have an eye pillow with some scent of lavender as you just relax and allow calm to overcome you. I do use music throughout my routine but you don’t have to. I am just more relaxed that way but that’s just me.
Connecting to the earth your whole body especially the corpse pose.
Outside yoga can be very beneficial. I have done yoga anywhere, the beach, the park etc.. This helps in many ways to feel the earth, floor or sand and know it is real. The warmth or the cold of the surface, just notice it, make no judgement, relax into it as your body adapts to its temperature and take a deep breath exhaling slowly then do it again.
Lastly, must mention your indoor yoga practice room. I call mine my meditation room. I painted it calm green because that is Jason Mraz’s favorite color! No seriously I love nature and it feels like I am in a forest when I am laying on my bed and praying the rosary. The tree as my son describes it is like the room is its leaves. I also love my mandala that reminds me of God being at the center of EVERYTHING!