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Season 1 - Episode 2

Get Comfortable

10 min - Practice
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Comfort is an inner guided place. Kira guides us in a short practice to help us find comfort and ease in sitting. You will feel supported, grounded, generous in your heart, and open in your mind.

For other tutorials on finding a comfortable seat,click here.

What You'll Need: No props needed

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Hi, welcome. There are multiple tutorials on yoga anytime on how to find a comfortable seat. We'll link to those below in the description. Our first meditation together is on how to tune into your inner knowing of comfort. I'm sitting in a chair.

You might be sitting on a floor. With a few exceptions, the guidance is very similar. So step one, snuggle into your seat. Just kind of wobble a little bit side to side and just really allow yourself to plunk down into your seat. Maybe deliberate inhale and exhale everything.

Feel a settling. Do that again, inhale and exhale. This requires a certain amount of trust and willingness to feel health supported. If you happen to be in a chair, you might spread your toes a little bit so that you also feel the earth. Don't rush this step, maybe even right here.

Let your eyes close or softly find a spot to focus in front of you, just allowing the grounding to occur. Ease up in the belly. Ease up in the jaw. Even let yourself slump just a little bit. Just for the purpose of like, yeah.

Just here. Once this feels established, like once you feel like you're sitting for real, the purpose of this next part is to tune a quality of attention within this ease. While maintaining this quality of grounding, feel the region of your heart. What can help is if you even, as soon as you bring your attention to the heart, often the breath will naturally be inspired. You can feel how the inhale wants your heart to grow.

You might even let it carry you up a little bit. You can kind of feel this lengthening and lifting. It might encourage your shoulders to roll back a little bit. The difficulty here is if this becomes the static posture, you might notice how there's some tension in your low back, some hardening in the mid back, and you won't last here. Maintaining this quality of brightness that you have in your heart, feel an inhale.

As you exhale, let the low back widen again, and settle back in while maintaining this natural blossoming of your heart. See how that feels, nice. You'll know that you're trying to find the right alignment when it feels like it's been waiting for you to discover it, that it isn't so much something you're making happen as something you're revealing. And now the skull, so if your eyes are closed or they're softly focused out in front of you, start to become aware of the weight of the skull. And because for most of us, we make a living with our skull somewhat thrust forward, it tends to be where it sits.

And so as you're looking for the skull's balance point, because you're gently internally seeking where the skull can really be supported by the spine, most of us find that it helps to draw the head back a little bit. And we're looking for the place where the neck tension is no longer necessary. So you'll know you've found the proper alignment of the skull when suddenly it feels lighter, so light that it's not even really there. And to help that buoyancy, to help feel that buoyancy, bring your tongue to the back of your upper front teeth, slide the tongue back across the upper hard palate until it finds that edge right behind, kind of feel that edge is the beginning of the soft palate. Just let the soft palate begin to dome, widen, let the jaw be easy.

And so the play here is that you feel supported, grounded, generous in your heart, open in your mind. And now the arms and the hands want to adjust to support this alignment. So let your elbows be just a little bit heavier, and let your hands rest on your upper legs. You might notice that you've chosen palms up or palms down. And the play within these meditations, all of the meditations that follow, are going to start with the suggestion of be comfortable.

Heart is an inner guided place, and because self-trust is the advanced practice, if you can sense that something needs to shift, or move, or alter, if you can sense a change that would allow you to feel more supported and more alert, then you trust that guidance. We'll be here for a few more moments now, and together we'll be exploring comfort and ease and attention throughout the rest of the season. Thank you.

Comments

Jenny S
3 people like this.
Sooo nice to practice with you again Kira...your gentle, cerebral approach is almost hypnotic, which really helps to keep me relaxed and focused. Looking forward to the rest of the season ❤️🙏🏻
Gabriella N
Yes yes yes. Chiming in to Jenny’s comment. Ever so lovely to be here with you and practicing so tenderly. Forever grateful for the Forces that had our paths crossed. Love
Kira Sloane
Jenny, wonderful to be together. Thank you for connecting. xo
Kira Sloane
Gabriella, so happy to know you, dear one. xok
Kate M
2 people like this.
So grateful to have your guidance here. A gentle nudging to let what isn't needed fall away... and reveal what's always been here, patiently waiting. Deep gratitude.
Kira Sloane
1 person likes this.
Kate, LOVE!
Stephanie A
I can’t do this I tried and it hurts my back someone help me I can’t relax I can relax in final shavasthana but not in meditating I started crying cause this caused so much stress, I want to be able to meditate but I can’t😩
Kira Sloane
Dearest Stephanie, sounds like you have discovered that lying down supine is the best posture for meditation right now. Savasana is a form of meditation! 

You might drop into Alana's Savasana 7 Day Challenge. 

You might also really like Kristen's Yoga Nidra Show. Supine is where the magic is.
https://www.yogaanytime.com/show-view/164/Yoga-Show-Yoga-Nidra

Sitting up for meditation is just one of the many possible postures. Stay close. Stay well and healthy. xok

Karina V
1 person likes this.
I love how you talked about being grounded in the feet, secure on the seat, generous in the heart and open in the mind. It resonates and I had a reflective moment where I was like «hey! that's what any human being, young or old, wants to feel!» thank you!
Kira Sloane
1 person likes this.
Karina, yes! It's so wonderful to experience the truth of not being so different from each other. Thank you for connecting. Cute photo! xoK

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