EMBRACE VULNERABILITY AND CREATE SPACE IN GODDESS POSE
Stack 2 or 3 folded blankets vertically up the center of your mat. You may wish to place a soft bolster or pillow on top of them. Sit on your mat in front of the blankets, and place 2 blocks side by side near the foot of your mat with a long, rolled-up blanket on top. Rest your knees over the roll with your feet on the floor. You may enjoy an additional blanket under your feet and ankles for support. Lie back, and hold the corners of your blanket stack to help you stay centered as you lower all the way down. With your seat on the mat, allow the blankets to support you from your lower back up to your head. Press the soles of your feet together and let your knees fall apart, creating a deep, wide diamond shape with your legs. Your outer thighs and knees should rest heavily on the blanket roll. Bring your arms to your sides, rest them on your belly with your elbows on the ground, or place blankets or pillows under your arms for support. Scan your awareness up and down your body, and notice all the places it makes contact with the ground and props. Take several long breaths, completely releasing your body weight to the ground. On your inhalations, allow your breath to soften your belly. On your exhalations, imagine your belly releasing into your back. Before you finish, bring your hands to your belly once again. Feel your palms receive your breath. To exit, slowly roll to your right side, and take a few quiet breaths. Then press to a gentle seated position with your hands over your heart. Feel your breath in your hands, and slowly transition back into the space around you.
The benefits Goddess Pose is a vulnerable pose; it exposes the entire front body. But when you relax in this position, you can create more space for your breath, vital organs, circulation, thoughts, feelings, and any sensations that arise. Making space starts by taking notice, like this: Hmm, there’s that tightness in my right hip. Look at that, there it is again. Whatever shows up, simply notice it, return your awareness to the support of the ground and your breath, and then allow your caring breath to create more space for whatever you may be experiencing. Like breathing, releasing tension is not something we do, it’s something we allow.