One of my favorite yoga poses is Apanasana, which literally translates to Wind Relieving Posture. As it is named, the posture does benefit the body by acting as a digestive aid. The posture also allows you to open up the outside of the hips, and offers you the chance to rock right and left, and back and forth, to give the whole spine, including the sacrum, a massage. The benefits of the posture are wonderful for the body, however, it is the reflective qualities of the posture that make it one of my favorites.
In apanasana, your yoga teacher will instruct you to give yourself a hug. Apanasana is the supine, or reclined, version of child’s pose, balasana in Sanskrit. In both postures, the knees come into the chest, much the way our body existed in our mother’s wombs. The purpose is to take the time to tune in to what is happening inside the body, inside the mind, and inside the heart.
The act of giving ourselves a hug is positive reinforcement for the hard work we do every day. It represents a self-congratulatory pat on the back, a yogic “good job”! Rewarding ourselves for our efforts is not selfish. On the contrary, it is empowering to acknowledge your accomplishments.
Have you given yourself a hug today for a job well done? Believe it or not, you deserve it!
Love to you,
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