Originally Posted by eastkygal
I guess what I'm saying is I am feeling some things more at the surface, and I need them to just fly away... Wondering if I can help that along with yoga in a way that might be more specific to this particular goal then keeping up with the same practice I have.
Some thoughts on minor tweaks to your practice:
1. practice on an empty stomach. No food for at least 2 hours before practice.
2. Set an intention at the beginning of your practice. This is REALLY powerful.
3. Rather than using a DVD, put on soft backgroud music, or a rolling OM cd, and ask your body what would benefit it the most that day. Make the practice about listening to your body.
4. If 3 is just too out there, try putting on your DVD, but turning the sound completely off on it and putting on other soft music so that you can tune in more thoroughly and not be using your mind to process so much. I think that it is difficult to practice yoga as a moving meditation while practicing with a DVD, but this can help.
5. Would it be possible for you to work a little with a teacher, even if it isn't very often, to make sure that you are doing your breath work correctly? Breath work is very powerful, but I learned from having a teacher watch me and tell me exactly what I was doing wrong, practicing at home more, and then going back and getting more feedback. Would that be possible in your situation?
6. Add some restorative postures to your practice. These are postures where you body is supported (usually by props) and you hold the pose for a long time (like 5 minutes). For example, legs up the wall pose is simple. Just lay with your buttocks near a wall and your legs going straight up. You want to be far enough back that your hamstrings are comfortable, not really stretched. And just lay there. You can vary it by moving your legs into wide angle pose or coblers pose (soles together, knees out). If you add an eye pillow it's even nicer.
If you already do restorative postures, then try something else that is new to you. Some of my most powerful yoga experiences have been when I really shook things up.
7. Do you always take savasana? I really recommend turning off your TV, and either putting some healing music or just having quiet. Add props (eye pillow, a rolled up towel under your knees etc.) to get REALLY comfy and feel very nurtured, protected, and relaxed. It's the most important pose, and 5-10 minutes is much more ideal than the brief period most DVDs provide.
Another idea, which isn't a yoga idea at all but just something else that works for me, is to write down the things I want to release, pray/cry over it, and then burn it.
peace be thy journey. Namaste.