As we close out the year and examine the past 12 months we see we are at the precipice of a whole new year of hopes and dreams. We can reflect on the past year with gratitude for the gifts and the lessons it has given us. Now, we step into 2019 with an open heart and excitement for all that this New Year will bring. At the end of this post I am extending a special invitation to join me as I go through the #MindsetReset with Mel Robbins. I have really used the wisdom she has shared this year to take my personal life the next level and I want that for you. So, click the links and join us in our #MindsetReset.
Prepare For Body Prayer – Find a quiet space. Lay out your mat or blanket.
Let’s take a quiet moment to offer ourselves as a conduit of Divine Energy as we practice this variation of the Pranam Namaskar. Offer OM with reverence to the universes abundance and our joy at experiencing it. To set up atmosphere for this practice let us begin in reclined mountain pose deep surrender taking long even breathes. On your exhalations, practice extending the release a few counts.
In preparation for Body Prayer you may enjoy an infusion of sage, frankincense, and myrrh essential oils as aromatherapy.
Now, sit comfortably; breathing slowly and do shoulder rolls and shrugs. Smile inwardly as you send a shining beacon of Gratitude to the universe. Visualize a not yet attained goal or aspiration. Meditate on the glowing outcome of its completion or attainment.
The Offering Pose – What can I give? Begin on knees with toes flexed under, hands at your sides palms open and facing forward with curved arms. Offering. Pranam means to offer, to bring forth one’s gifts and to bow with humility to all that is. Inside the expression, we can offer all of our gifts to our triumphs, sorrows, heart-felt aspirations, genuine fears, and our heart’s deepest desire.
Child Pose with offering gesture at the beginning is a nice short way to begin this practice. Begin kneeling with offering gesture, arms come out to the sides and overhead, palms together. Palms together slide hands down in front of you stopping at your heart center in Prayer Pose. Offering Gesture, repeat the arm movements this time coming from the heart to the floor in front of you to Child’s Pose.
Now, as a vehicle of Spirit, Stand in Mountain Pose, hands at your sides in Offering Gesture. Choose your intention and Offer Yourself Humbly To Spirit as a conduit of Divine Energy. You may as a question… such as, how may I serve? Or you may devote your practice to someone.
Bring arms out to the sides and overhead palms to meet. Bring hands down in front of your face resting in prayer at your heart center. Repeat this only this time pause with Prayer Mudra (hand gestures) at your Third-Eye and Heart Center. At Heart Center hook your thumbs and fan your fingers out creating a flying bird like Gesture. Pulling hands apart as you breath in and releasing slightly as you exhale. Settle in for a few breaths. Now, bring your hands back to offering pose as you bend at knees. Bringing hands down the back of your legs tracing your decent to the floor, as you come down to crouch on your toes and knees. Bring your hands flat on the floor next to your knees and with a gliding motion slide your hands and chest forward until you prostrate fully with your hands next to your shoulders. Resting your forehead on the mat bring your hands out and overhead to rest in Prayer above your head on the floor or a blanket.
To come out, bring hands next to your shoulders on the mat again, roll back to hands and knees, then, with ease roll back onto feet and rise up bringing hands up the backs of your legs, then, out to your sides and overhead to repeat the prostration all over again.
You may repeat this as often as you like. I think it is a very good practice for wellness in the body, mind and spirit. I always feel very fit when I incorporate these prostrations into my daily practice. In India Pilgrims repeat the Pranam Namaskar 108 times. I love this, but, caution you to use our thick rubber mat or a blanket because you may end up rubbing the hide off of you knees like I did…. lol.
To really get the most out of my year I like to take the final week of the year to reflect on the accomplishments and setbacks of the year. I am usually happy with my efforts but, with enough to yet to do that the New Year’s Goals can come from there, building on this years work. So, let’s take a moment to thank 2018 for it’s gifts and wisdom and Ya Whooo to 2019 here we come!
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