STAY PRESENT IN EASY CHEST OPENER
Stack 2 or 3 folded blankets vertically at the center of your mat. You may wish to place a soft bolster or pillow on top of them. Sit on the mat in front of your blankets, and place a block beneath each knee (horizontally) with a rolled-up blanket on top for additional support. Rest the backs of your heels on your mat, and lie down slowly. If needed, place a folded towel beneath your head for support with a rolled towel cradling your neck’s natural curve. Bring your palms to your sides, rest your hands on your belly with your elbows on the ground, or place pillows under your arms. Once you’re comfortable, take several long breaths to progressively release all of your body weight into the blankets. Relax here. For the last minute of the pose, bring your hands to your belly, and feel your palms receive your breath. Imagine your breath unraveling any lingering knots. To exit, mindfully roll to your side. Take the time to get into a comfortable seated position, then set an intention to stay aware of your breath.
The benefits Breathing is not something we need to accomplish. It is simply a process we allow to happen. This pose creates optimal alignment for experiencing the natural rise and fall of the breath. Notice that after an exhalation, your lungs spontaneously fill again with air. The breath is simply waiting for more room so that it can fill you. Focusing on your breath helps you stay grounded in the present moment. If you want to develop a sense of well-being and move your body into health and healing mode, you need to quiet your racing mind and come back to the present moment. As we practice staying with the breath in this pose, we learn how to be with the present moment rather than fight against it, avoid it, or simply miss it altogether.