recalibrate: day 5 

"We're all just walking each other home."

Ram Dass

Welcome to day 5!

Today, in our movement practice, we'll do some work to create mobility through the shoulder joints and open through the chest. These are such common areas of tightness as so many of us spend a good portion of our day at desks, on computers and looking down at our phones.

As well, since our chest houses some pretty important organs, it's natural that we tense our shoulders and collapse our chest whenever we feel that stress response kick in. We protect our hearts. Sometimes we do this physically and sometimes energetically, by emotionally shutting down, creating a shield, a sort of armour, around our heart space. 

As we open into this space, we being to remove some of that tension in the tissues, encouraging more circulation of blood and oxygen, while also working on a subtler level to soften that armour and keep the energy flowing through the heart. 

In today's meditation, we will continue this exploration by working with a meditation on compassion.

For today, I encourage you to really focus on slow, deep breaths.

Even right now now, try it ~

Breath deep and feel your breath lift your chest (but relax your shoulders), feel your breath expand into your ribs and into the upper back. Feel how your breath already begins to create space through your chest and shoulders and starts to soften your heart. 

 

I hope you enjoy these practices.

Have a beautiful day. 

 

xx

- H. 

Today's Yoga: Chest + Shoulders

Today you'll need:

  • a strap (a belt of scarf work too!)

  • a small pillow or rolled up blanket

  • a bolster (or a couple of thicker cushions or folded blankets)

  • something to sit comfortably on for the first few minutes of practice - this could be one of your cushions or you could begin sitting on a chair

Today's Meditation

For today's meditation, set up wherever you are most comfortable.

You're welcome to sit or lay down for this one today.

However, if you're feeling quite tired, I'd encourage you to sit so that you don't fall asleep. 

© 2021 Hailey O'Hara

Images: Cooper and O'Hara