Asana & Mantra for Recovery

“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That's its balance.”  Osho

Recovery. One small word with a world of meanings. Recovery to me means living in the light. It means putting my shadows behind me and living completely in the present moment. 

When I work with my clients, there are certain postures that help them not only to see light, but to be light. Whether you're recovering from addiction, depresion, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, trauma or an eating disorder; I hope these postures and mantras help to lift you up to your highest self. While holding each posture, repeat the corresponding mantra out loud or silently to yourself.

 

 Ustrasana, Camel Pose--   Begin kneeling with your knees hip-width distance from one another. Anchor the tops of your feet flat on the floor. Keep your hands at your hearts center, rolling the shoulders back and hugging the elbows towards your torso. Begin to curl the chest open as you lean back (try to keep the hips over the knees). When your chest can't open up any more, release your hands to your ankles, feet or two blocks. Relax the head as the throat and heart open.  Mantra--  I am open and receptive to healing energy. I am worthy of a chance to begin again.   

Ustrasana, Camel Pose-- 

Begin kneeling with your knees hip-width distance from one another. Anchor the tops of your feet flat on the floor. Keep your hands at your hearts center, rolling the shoulders back and hugging the elbows towards your torso. Begin to curl the chest open as you lean back (try to keep the hips over the knees). When your chest can't open up any more, release your hands to your ankles, feet or two blocks. Relax the head as the throat and heart open.

Mantra--

I am open and receptive to healing energy. I am worthy of a chance to begin again.

 

 Vrksasana, Tree Pose--  Begin in mountain pose, anchoring your left foot into the earth. Draw the sole of the right foot to the left ankle, calf or upper inner thigh. Avoid placing the foot on the side of the knee to protect your knee joint. Draw your hands to heart center and breathe. If you'd like, lift the arms and open the branches of your tree.  Mantra--  I return to my roots so I can rise, grow and evolve. Today I decide to live, not just survive.

Vrksasana, Tree Pose--

Begin in mountain pose, anchoring your left foot into the earth. Draw the sole of the right foot to the left ankle, calf or upper inner thigh. Avoid placing the foot on the side of the knee to protect your knee joint. Draw your hands to heart center and breathe. If you'd like, lift the arms and open the branches of your tree.

Mantra--

I return to my roots so I can rise, grow and evolve. Today I decide to live, not just survive.

 Kneeling with Lotus Mudra--  Begin in a kneeling or seated position. Let your thoughts and your breath slow down as your physical body starts to relax. Draw your hands to prayer position at your heart. Keeping the thumbs and the pinky fingers touching, spread your other three fingers away from one another. Gaze at your hands and notice the lotus flower that you've created. The lotus flower is symbolic of growth and change, rising above all that tore you down for so long.  Mantra--  Everything that lead me to this moment made me strong. I will keep moving forward. I will send my light out into the universe.   

Kneeling with Lotus Mudra--

Begin in a kneeling or seated position. Let your thoughts and your breath slow down as your physical body starts to relax. Draw your hands to prayer position at your heart. Keeping the thumbs and the pinky fingers touching, spread your other three fingers away from one another. Gaze at your hands and notice the lotus flower that you've created. The lotus flower is symbolic of growth and change, rising above all that tore you down for so long.

Mantra--

Everything that lead me to this moment made me strong. I will keep moving forward. I will send my light out into the universe.

 

 Sukasana, Comfortable Seat--  Begin seated, crossing one leg in front of another, but not stacking the feet or ankles. Root into your hips to lift your chest, keeping your spine long. Feel all of the energy centers in your spine in alignment. Let the palms of the hands rest on the knees. Breathe. Inhale for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of four, exhale for a count of four, hold the breathe at the bottom of the exhale for a count of four. This is four square breathing, or equal part breath.  Mantra--  (Inhale) I am worthy of peace, light and love. (Exhale) I release the negativity that keeps me stuck.     You can practice these poses in order with one another, or simply practice one posture a day. Let these words lift you up and remind you of your worth. You are beautiful, you are amazing, you are exactly where you need to be.  Namaste.

Sukasana, Comfortable Seat--

Begin seated, crossing one leg in front of another, but not stacking the feet or ankles. Root into your hips to lift your chest, keeping your spine long. Feel all of the energy centers in your spine in alignment. Let the palms of the hands rest on the knees. Breathe. Inhale for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of four, exhale for a count of four, hold the breathe at the bottom of the exhale for a count of four. This is four square breathing, or equal part breath.

Mantra--

(Inhale) I am worthy of peace, light and love. (Exhale) I release the negativity that keeps me stuck.

 

You can practice these poses in order with one another, or simply practice one posture a day. Let these words lift you up and remind you of your worth. You are beautiful, you are amazing, you are exactly where you need to be.

Namaste.