The healthy soul expresses itself by wanting to care for and serve others, but at times this positive altruistic impulse can be stymied. Becoming responsible requires that one rightly assesses one’s “ability to respond.” Over perfectionist or unrealistic goals can result in fatigue and overwhelm at a later point when the individual is simply unable to measure up to the task assumed. Feelings of self-doubt, despondency, and deep feelings of loneliness can set in when the soul feels it must face an overwhelming task relying solely on it own ego forces. It is necessary at these times to shift the identity from that of hero or rescuer to an alignment with the true energy and inspiration of the Higher Self. In this way the individual is able to receive help from others and from the spiritual world.
Supplement this feeling of despondency with some time on your Yoga mat with Amanda. Open up and shine the heart with Ustrasana-Camel Pose
Camel pose help assist with respiratory alignment, fatigue and anxiety. Ustrasana strengthens the back muscles, stretches the psoas and stimulates the organs in the abdomen and neck.
Opening the Heart meridian and heart chakra by practicing Yoga backbends:
Upward-Facing Cat/Downward-Facing Cat Pose (Marjariasana) – Inhale/ Exhale 5 times
Sphinx Pose (Ardha Bhujangasana)
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
Hare Pose (Hasangasana)
Try this sequence a few times then close with Childs Pose (Balasana)
Homework for every moment you can remember to do this:
Now look in the mirror. Say to yourself, aloud, THANK YOU. Thank you for shining the light on the path to patience, acceptance, awakening, and gratitude. Thank you.
Patricia Kaminski , Richard Katz, Flower Essence Repertory: A Comprehensive Guide to North American and English Flower Essences for Emotional and Spiritual Well-Being
McCall, Timothy (2007). Yoga as Medicine; The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing