YEM: Turning Your Perspective Upside Down, by Parvati Devi
We spend most of our lives on our feet. Even when we are sitting at a desk, our feet usually touch the floor, brushing up against a surface. The value in inversions in yoga offers practitioners the opportunity to literally turn their perspective upside down. They can see life from a different point of view. In addition to biological advantages such as increased blood flow and circulation, inversions offer us a way to consider the ways in which we may be making assumptions so that we may open to this moment with greater freshness.
In last month’s issue, we looked more deeply at the presence of a wave-like energy that exists in the spine and flows through all of life. The awareness of this energy is at the core of my work in YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine. By understanding it, your yoga poses, and ultimately your life, will effortlessly flower from deep within.
If you have not already, before you proceed with the following exercise, please prepare by going back to do Savasana and then The Breathing Wave and Discovering The Wave Body to cultivate awareness of life-force energy through your body/being. This will greatly assist in you reaping the full benefits of the safe and gentle exercise we are about to do together.
This simple and safe exercise will deepen your awareness of this amazing wave-like energy that exists throughout your body/being, in particular, as it travels up and down your legs.
Find a quiet and relaxed environment where you can lie on the floor on a towel or yoga mat.
While lying on your back, interlock your fingers and turn your palms up towards the sky. Press your heels up towards the sky, feet flat, legs straight.
As you inhale, point your toes. Sense the energy move down your spine
As you exhale, press out your heels. Sense the energy move along your arms towards your palms, and along your legs, out your feet. Imagine the feet are like water spouts, as the energy expands there.
Allow your spine to rest neutral along the floor, as your hips release towards the ground. Pressing your heels up towards the sky, you still aim to sense the release through your hips towards the ground. There is always two way moving energy throughout your body/being.
Repeat. Toes point, inhale. Heels press, exhale. Do this for as long as you like. Feel your whole body breathing.
When you have had enough, bend your knees into your chest and hug them. Inhale, feel your belly rise, knees rise slightly, letting go of your grip a bit. Exhale, knees rest into the belly as it goes back, hugging your knees into the chest. Feel your spine long. Easy through the jaw and chin, long and open through the pelvis.
Eventually, bring your breathing back to what feels more normal for you and release your legs. Take a few more long breaths and roll over onto your right side, before you press yourself up into sitting.
Parvati Devi is the editor-in-chief of Parvati Magazine and an internationally recognized Canadian musician, yogi and new thought leader. As a chart-topping touring musician, Parvati spearheads the Post New-Age musical genre with her independent success hit single “Yoga in the Nightclub”. She founded YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine, a powerful yoga method that combines energy work and yoga poses. Her critically acclaimed self-help debut book “Confessions of a Former Yoga Junkie – A Revolutionary Life Makeover for the Sincere Spiritual Seeker” is currently in its third edition.