This post is the first of many of it’s kind. I created Sapphire Healing to have a platform to share the things I do daily that have helped me create a joyful and positive lifestyle. As some of you know I am a 200 RYT and love everything yoga! Recently I have started using essential oils in my daily routines and am loving it! I also try to incorporate healing crystals in my life and am teaching myself little by little how to do that. And lastly (for now :)) I am working hard on developing a steady meditation practice. SO.. I want to share a bit of info on each of those healing methods with you! I believe that we learn best when we try to teach others. Also I am eager to learn from any and all of YOU! Some of the posts will have all and some with just include 1 or 2 of the topics (depending on how much I ramble on, I can’t help myself sometimes! I just love this stuff so much!)
Let’s start with one of my favorite yoga postures: Balasana or Child’s pose!
I pretty much start every one of my personal practices and my classes with this posture. It is such a great way to let your body and mind ready itself for your practice. Weather it is a 15 minute practice or a 90 minute practice, child’s pose is a wonderful way to begin.
There are a couple variations of this posture, all full of benefits and none better than the other. To come into a more passive and restorative child’s bring the knees and feet together and sit down onto your heels. Bring your stomach to your thighs and let your 3rd eye (the space between your eyebrows) rest gently on your mat. You can then bring your arms along your legs placing your palms face up or reach your arms towards the top of your mat, palms facing down.
Another option and my personal go to is wide leg child’s pose. In this variation you bring your big toes to touch and spread your knees open wide as is comfortable. You can bring them to the edges of your mat our just bring them apart a few inches. In this variation arms reach long towards the top of your mat and palms face down with your third eye again gently laying on the mat. In wide leg child’s keep your arms active by reaching toward the top edge of the mat and engaging the muscles in your arms which will left your elbows up off the mat.
Child’s pose is great place to engage your deep belly breathing by inhaling through the nose and filling the belly first and the chest second, and exhaling through the mouth. Both inhales and exhales are slow and controlled. If you have chosen wide leg child’s pose, with every exhale let your hips sink a little closer to your heels. Another great breathing tip for this posture is to focus on filling your back body with your inhales, feeling the back rise and fall with each inhale and exhale. See how this feels different from your normal every day unconscious breathing!
Child’s pose has many benefits! In either variation you are stretching through the ankles, hips and thighs. In wide leg child’s pose you are allowing the hips to open gently creating space and flexibility in the hips. With the arms stretched long you are opening through the armpit and stretching through the shoulder. I love this posture because it allows my low back to release and get a small gentle stretch. Child’s pose also helps to increase blood circulation to your which can be very helpful if you have a headache. It also gives our internal organs in the belly a nice massage as we breath in and out.
Mentally child’s pose is a great posture to practice if you are feeling stressed or tense because it calms our central nervous system with slow mindful breathing. This is a great posture to send your focus inward, to check in with your mental state in that moment. You can use child’s pose to settle your worrying mind or to help you relax after a stressful situation or day.
Child’s pose is not a great option for you if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, have diarrhea or have any knee or ankle injuries. (If any of these apply to you and you want to explore other yoga postures with similar benefits, email me and I would love to help you out! firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yay for child’s pose! Give it a try or add it to your practice if you usually don’t. Try to give yourself at least 10 deep slow breaths or 1-3 minutes in this posture so that you can really sink in and focus on the sensations in your body and mind. Check out my favorite resource for simple and easy to understand posture info here.
After that long winded Child’s pose rant 🙂 I will keep the second part of this post short and sweet.
Oil time! It is so hard to chose a favorite oil, but if I had to pick a top 3, Frankincense would definitely be in it! I chose Frankincense for this post especially because I love to pair this oil with my yoga practice and specifically with a slower practice which involves a lot of time spent in child’s pose. I add a few dabs on my neck and wrists. I also pair this oil with my meditation practice.
I do not have very sensitive skin so it works for me to put the oil directly on my. If you have sensitive skin or are even a little nervous about putting the oil directly on your skin, don’t! You can dilute it in a carrier oil. For more info on this click here.
Breathing Frankincense in deeply with every breath in my child’s or during a meditation helps me go deeper mentally and physically. It is a strong scent and for me that is why is can be so meditative. It helps keep me focused on it and only it and lets my mind empty and my body sink deep into the pose or meditation.
Frankincense was one of the gifts brought to baby Jesus by the wise men! If it’s good enough for baby Jesus it’s definitely good enough for me! It comes from the sap of Boswellia tree that grow in African and Arabian regions. It is said to be very helpful in reducing stress, anxiety and anger. Pair it with child’s pose and watch your stress and anxiety fade away!
If you are interested in Frankincense let me know! I use Young Living Essential Oils and I absolutely love them! Whatever brand you decided to go for just make sure it is 100% pure and organic!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you learned something new today that will improve your day, week or even life! Please don’t hesitate to send me an email or comment below with questions, advice, tips, your favorite oils, posture requests, or anything else you want to share/ask!
I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes. Have a beautiful week and remember to live each moment in gratitude!
“PEACE. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
Namaste beautiful people!