– Hello everyone.
Welcome toHome, your 30-day yoga journey.
It's Day 8, and I'm here withBenji to welcome you back for a special practice, one that I really love because one, we get to get cozy, but also this is one that just allows us a little bit of time and space to pause, to be still, to breathe, to meditate and remember just how potent this practice can be.
There is always an opportunityto find a little bit of healing in small movements and small moments with ourselves throughout the day.
So that's exactly what this practice celebrates and reminds us.
If you have a pillow or a blanket, bring it to this session.
If you don't, don't worry about it.
Hop into something extra comfy and let's get started.
(upbeat gentle music) Alright, darling friends.
come on down to the ground.
Couple of options today that I think you are going to love.
One, you can sit up on a blanket or a pillow.
You can lay a little blankyout if you have one or a towel.
You can grab a blanket foryourself and only to have it taken by an animal in your house.
Which I'm going to go aheadand let him keep that for now.
But it's Day 8.
This is a day where we usually say, “Day 8, don't hate, meditate, feel great.
” So if you're new to this journey, I would just like to extendthat little mantra to you.
Day 8, meditate.
Don't hate, feel great.
And the idea is that thisyear, this session is really an invitation to be open, to heal whatever ails you.
This can be like just a feeling you have from a stressful conversation with someone or it can be something deeper.
So my loving advice is tojust enjoy this practice and not really worry about the outcomebut I think that it's worth considering all of this as we set ourselves up so sit up tall on something.
If you're a little bit chilly, pause the video, go grab a sweater.
You can wear socks for this session if you like.
I'm gonna let Benji stay onthe blanket since he's so cozy but my plan was to have you wrap up in it like a you know, I don't know, like this.
And so you can get really cozy with it.
The at-home yoga practice isbeautiful in that way that we can really listen and respond.
We can do that in other settings as well but there's nothing like this setting.
So take a second pause the video if you need to.
Let's get a little bit cozy and we'll meet in a nice, comfortable seat of your choice.
Let's start together with a little reverent bow, so just bow your head in gently tuck the chin.
Then drop your gaze.
Maybe close your eyes.
Whilst I could go on and on about all the ways in which I believe this practice ofyoga and its philosophy to be healing, how about we just open ourselves to the possibility together? Open our hearts and our minds toexperiencing it for ourselves.
So best you can and I want toacknowledge that I know it's difficult, particularly ifyou're sneaking in this practice because you want to get your Day 8 in, I know how the day to day can be.
But to the best of your ability, let's just see if we can kind of offer ourselves a flash ofsurrender just where we drop the day thus far, we drop everything, all the narratives.
And for this moment and this moment only, it's you and I and the sound of our breath.
Long breath out.
Then one more, big full breath in.
And this time, as you exhale, relax the shoulders.
Empty, empty, empty, empty, empty.
Bat the eyelashes open, it's amazing what just three breaths will do, I already feel like, whoa, okay, I have to rememberthat I'm leading the practice.
You're gonna place a littlecharcoal pencil, with the kids I say little marker you to pickyour color and we're just gonna draw small circles with the nose one way, keep it small.
Like a little saucer plate.
And then keep going in the same direction.
Allow the circle to grow to like a salad plate.
The perfect size plate for your croissant.
And now big, big plate.
Breathe, listen to the little soundtrack your neck (chuckles)has to share with you.
Alright, and then reverse it, starting with the full size plate.
Soften through the jaw, part the lips.
If you're collapsing the spine here maybe sit up on a little blanky.
Here we go, now to the the mama bear plate.
Relax your shoulders and now tothat small saucer sized plate.
And back to one, back to center.
Head over heart, heart over pelvis.
Take a deep breath in.
Inhale, fill up.
At the top pause, hold.
Retain the breath.
Hold your breath.
And now empty it out.
Empty, empty, empty, empty, empty, empty, empty, empty, empty, empty.
We'll continue with this technique.
Nice and easy, big inhale.
At the fullest heighth of your breath, pause.
Retain the breath.
Try to soften through the shoulders, the skin of the face, sit up nice and tall.
Good and empty, empty, empty, empty it out.
Empty, emtpy, empty it out to its fullest.
Empty, empty, empty, empty, empty.
And here we go, big inhale.
Pause, retain the breath.
Keep the shoulders relaxed.
And release, exhale.
Empty it out, empty, empty, empty, empty, empty, empty, empty, empty, empty.
At the bottom of that exhale, big breath in.
And pause, retain the breath.
Lengthen up through the crown.
And release, slow and with control, long exhalation.
You got this.
Slow and steady.
Empty, empty, empty, empty, empty, empty, empty.
At the bottom of that exhale, big buoyant, beautiful inhale in.
Here we go.
Pause, retain the breath.
And release, empty it out.
Slow and with control.
Nice, long exhalation here.
Empty, empty, empty, empty.
For this next round, please soften your gaze or close your eyes.
I'll guide you.
Here we go.
At the top, pause, retain the breath.
Empty it out.
Keep going, keep going, just keep going, going, going, going.
Here we go.
Fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, pause retain.
And release slow and with control and make it long, make it smooth.
Exhale, exhale, exhale, exhale.
And one more time, breathe wide.
Think a big, full lateral breathyou're breathing in to all four sides of the torso.
Inhale, inhale, inhale.
You know what to do.
Gracefully pause, capture the magic, the spirit, the breath, retain.
And empty it out.
Slow and with control, empty, empty, empty, empty, empty, empty, everything out.
From here, please lean back.
Gently, bring the knees together.
Send your legs out long in front.
If you're lifted up on thehips, you can stay lifted here.
It might be quite nice.
We're gonna bring the hands back to support us.
Little stretch for the palms and the wrists.
Point the toes, breathe in, lift the chest.
Flex the toes up towards the face, flex your feet and exhale, breathe out.
Aw, little Benji's enjoying the Day 8 practice.
Inhale, point the toes, lift your chest.
And exhale, flexing the feet.
Toes towards your face.
Press up on the fingertips.
Sit up nice and tall.
I'm wanting to create a nicestraight line or the sensation of a straight line from the base of the spine all the way to the crown.
So just do your best.
And then we're gonna pick the right knee up.
We're gonna place the right foot on the ground.
You're gonna give yourselfabout a hand's width of space between your left inner thigh and your right heel.
So no need to zip it up all tight and pretzel like.
Give yourself some space.
And then big inhale.
We're gonna take the left fingertips up high.
You know what to do here but I'll remind you.
Use this action to find length, find space.
Spaciousness is what I was gonna say.
Inhale, keep that space, that lift as you breathe in.
As you hook the left elbow to the right knee.
Right fingertips come behind.
Peek at me if you need to.
Sweet, and then inhale.
Lift with the inhale.
If you're used to doing this really tight, I lovingly challenge you to keepthat width so you can create more of a twist in the spine.
The mid back in particular.
And you can turn to gently lookpast your right shoulder if it feels right.
Breathe into your belly.
Pause, retain at the top if you like, and then use that same slowand controlled exhale out here.
You got it.
Nice and active in the left foot.
One more breath in.
And use your exhale to slowlyrelease and come back to center.
Send the right leg out.
We're going to switch sides.
Peel the left foot up.
Again, give yourself about a hand's width here.
So this femurs, just a little nerd moment, this femur, this hip socketdropping down in to socket.
If I'm here and kind of zipping in, trying to get this like picture book pose, kinda missing out on some of the good nerdy stuff, the magic.
So give yourself some space.
Let this drop down into socket.
Yes, and then flex your right foot.
Reach your right fingertips up high.
Lift your heart and then exhale, find your twist.
Hooking the right elbow to the left knee or just right hand here.
This is a great little modification here.
Left fingertips come behind.
Left hip is still dropping down.
I'm flexing my right toes and we'll find it here.
Breathing deeply down into the belly.
Using that inhale to find length and the exhale to explore the twist.
So these twists, I'm sure you know this, but just a little reminder so healing, potentially healing for the body and for the systems.
It's like the image I love is oftaking kind of a dirty rag and dipping it in the water andgently wringing it out and just all of that excess stuff all, you know, that which you no longer need washing away.
Take one more big inhale here.
Replenishing the body and the energetic body.
Use your exhale to come all the way back.
Okay, send the legs out long.
If you brought a pillow to class, you're gonna grab your pillow now.
Bring it right on top of the thighs.
Take the hands move the fleshypart of the buttocks aside.
Sit up nice and tall.
Big inhale to reach of the sky.
Exhale, yep, you guessed it.
Think up and over.
You're gonna drape your body over the pillow.
Feel free to bend the knees.
You can just allow the handsto be soft as you Forward Fold.
Or if you want to take a bind here.
Use your peace fingers bringthem in-between your big toe and your second toe here or whatever works for you and use that to kind of tug in as you melt the belly down.
Take three to five breaths here.
Feel the skin of your back stretch as you breathe in.
Softening as you breathe out.
Calming the nervous system.
Slow rise up, soften through the feet here.
Wiggle the toes.
And exhale, just sigh it out.
(sighs) Come on now, don't be shy, if I'm doing this on YouTube, you can do it wherever you are, I'm sure.
Here we go, big inhale.
Sigh it out.
Let go something that's just no longer serving you.
Just let it go.
(sighs) And one more time, here we go.
Let Benji and I hear you all the way here in my home state of Texas.
Sigh it out.
(sighs) A little sound, a little healing vibration.
Alright, watch this cool move.
Take the hands, use them tosupport you as you lift your bum, draw it forward, knees come up.
Then take your pillow.
Bring it up and behind, (mimicks triumphant trumpets), come onto your back.
So this is where we take theblanket and we're gonna wrap up like a little tacquito or alittle burrito but I feel like it would be animal cruelty for me to take Benji up off this blanket right now.
So I'm not gonna do it.
Okay, guys, I'm just not.
But I would love for you, my darling friends, to get your blanket and bringit on top of your body here.
Let's actually take a secondbefore you get legs extended to hug the knees in.
Sorry, I got distracted with the blanket.
And then let's wrap up in the blanket if you have it.
If you don't have it, you can be like me.
And we're coming essentially in to a Shavasana here.
So get cozy.
You definitely want to get to a place where you're not holding anything.
So if your back is fussy andyou want to bring the knees up, wonderful, great, great listening.
Great of you to listen.
But let's find a place wherewe're not holding ourselves up so you can bring the feet wide.
You can bring the knees together.
Definitely want to get to aplace where you can relax the weight of your body completelyand fully into the earth.
Then here we go, inhale, send the fingertips up high.
Exhale, right arm over the left.
You're gonna give yourself a big hug.
Now close your eyes here.
You can really walk your fingertips underneath your shoulder blades.
And with the eyes closed, feel your breath move you here, feel your own embrace.
We're signaling in the brain that I am held.
I am safe.
And if you guys think I'mcrazy this is like now proven, you know, scientific research isnow proving that these types of gestures, holding your own hand, finding an embrace, many of the things we do in yoga they change our chemical makeup or they can.
Okay, inhale, reach of the sky.
Hang with me, nice little shoulder opener here.
Gentle shoulder opener here at the very least.
Left arm crosses over the right.
Give yourself a big hug.
Start to relax through the low back, the hips, the thighs.
Let your knee joints just be heavy and loose here.
Calves heavy, ankles, feet, toes softening, letting go.
And then inhale, reach for the sky.
Exhale, allow the hands to rest gently at your sides.
Palms face up.
Tuck your chin slightly to lengthen through the back of the neck.
Close your eyes.
Whether you grabbed a blanket oryou sacrificed it to a literal angel, furry angel or maybe something else.
Basically, whether you havea blanket or not, my darling, blanket yourself in love.
If someone asked you to blanket yourself in love, which someone is, that someone's me, how do you want to respond? What does that make you feel? And does it change the quality of your breath? And if not, that's cool.
Together, let's find a full breath in.
Here we go.
Inhale lots of love in.
The deepest, fullest, mostloving breath you've taken all day, all week, all month, all year.
And exhale, lots of love out.
Using this exhale to find onceagain that flash of surrender.
Relaxing the weight of the body completely and fully into the earth, softening through the belly.
Letting the rib cage get heavy.
Letting your heart soften.
The shoulders relax.
Let the arms, the wrists, the fingers be soft and easy.
Relax the throat.
Take a second to swallow and then consciously relax the tongue here in the mouth.
Notice if you're holding in the jaw, soften.
Then bring your awareness between your two brows to the forehead, soften.
And the weight of the headand the skull now softening.
A total surrender to that which is so much bigger than us.
And it's beautiful becausefrom the yogic perspective, as we surrender to that which is bigger than us, there's also this beautifulopportunity to recognize the surrender as actually a unity.
This idea that we are part of that which is bigger than us.
Okay, take a couple of quiet breaths here.
I love you.
Give yourself permissionhere to do absolutely nothing.
We're not going to be here long, stick with it.
Nice and slow bring your thumb to your index finger.
Let them kiss together and thenstart to move your thumb on your other fingerprints back and forth, back and forth.
Begin to gently deepen the breath once again.
Think inhale lots of love in.
Exhale, lots of love out.
Continue that cycle as you bring some movement or energy to the toes, to the feet.
And notice how you feel.
If time allows, you might stay here a little longer.
Just pausing the video.
You might rise up and find you have one minute to write down in your journal, or on a napkin how you're feeling.
And maybe it's off to the races for the rest of your day or your evening.
Wherever you are, I hope this practice has helped you feel the love that you deserve.
And may it remind us all that a little goes a long way in the healing process.
Just get up and start again each day.
I have your back.
Let's bring the palms together.
Benji does too, my prince (chuckles).
Thumbs are gonna come right up to that third point.
I truly believe that the more people, more of us doing yoga together the better position we are to find healing and to live in a kinder world.
So thank you so much.
I mean it for practicing with me and for showing up.
I show up because you show up.
So on that note, take a deep breath in.
And we'll finish by whispering Namaste.
(upbeat gentle music).