Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Soul Soothing

You know when times are bad? When you feel down? Anxious, tired, yucky all around?
What music do you put on?

A while back YogaGlamGirl tagged me, to which I responded with deafening silence. One of the questions on the meme asked which five songs you know all the words to. I don't know the words to any songs. Not real ones. Only sanskrit chants. I know lots and lots of those, and when times are hard, I chant them. A Lot. The other music I always turn to for comfort is Tori Amos. Any of her work will do, but my favourite is Sorta Fairytale off Scarlet's Walk. I *love* that song. It fixes what's broken. And sometimes, I practice yoga to this song. And sometimes, this is what happens:

A nice, anxiety-releasing backbend sequence, starting with surrender in child's pose, knees apart, feet together.

Inhale into a deep kneeling back arch, as deep as is comfy and safe for you.

Exhale and surrender into child again.

Inhale and flip over your knees into this back arch (kapotasana variation maybe?)
Hands and knees in exactly the same position as for child.

Exhale and surrender forward into a full prostration.
Then follow these instructions backwards to go back to child pose.

Pink t-shirt courtesy of Debbi and Roots.
And look what else Debs gave me: a Just Breathe tee shirt!
She said she had to get it when she saw the logo...
Thanks, honey.


Cupcakes & Yoga said...

What a lovely post, but I must say I was distracted by your awesome home decor is!!! That floor is gorgeous!!

Nadine Fawell said...

Thanks Marilyn!
It is one of the pluses of living in South Africa - property is still relatively cheap. Or it was when we bought our apartment...
Sorry to hear about the HOT HOT summer you are having. Not my fave wether, that.

Karen Beth said...

I was also quite distracted by your beautiful decor. What a lovely home you have!

Danura said...

backbends make me feel happy..
and the child pose makes me feel like im home.

and i sure love that shirt!

rand(om) bites said...
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rand(om) bites said...

Oh hon, what a gorgeous GORGEOUS post and what a beautiful sun filled room you have to practice yoga in. Cute tee as well :-) I love that I've come across your blog. I always look forward to your next post. I'm off to find that Tori Amos song now...

yogaglamgirl said...

I love Tori Amos and I really LOVE soul soothing. Thanks for the post and the inspiration.

Nadine Fawell said...

Thanks girlies!
I had forgotten about my house being nice, so it is nice to have a reminder. Seems I need a lot of reminders to be grateful right now! Things are starting to look up though.