Hatha yoga taught me to listen to my body – it can teach you, too!

Post written by Orsolya Hernold

I am practicing yoga for 15 years now. Sometimes more intensely then other times, nowadays I do Hatha yoga 2-3 times a week. I learned from a student of Swami Sivananda Radha, founder of the Yasodhara Ashram in Canada, and am grateful for the years of experience I have had. One of the classes I have taken was Hidden Language Yoga, a class that taught me a deeper way of listening to my body.

My body is constantly sending me messages throughout the day but I tend not to listen, or observe. Yoga has helped me to develop the skill of listening to my body and by paying attention I appreciate more the work it is doing for me. Writing about my experiences as in a Hidden Language Yoga class supported me in getting better at this skill.

Today, I chose a Hatha yoga pose for you to experiment with. It is the corpse pose, the pose we use at the end of a yoga class for relaxation. It can be done by anyone who is able to lay still on her / his back.

Find a nice, warm place where you will be undisturbed for a while. You can lay down on your bed or on the floor, but make sure to be warm enough to lay there for some time. You can cover yourself if that is necessary. Now lay down on your back with your arms and legs softly stretched, make yourself comfortable, close your eyes and be still. Breathe normally. Be in this position for a couple minutes and observe your body. Breathe. Listen to your body.
• What does my body tell me?
• What is comfortable for my body?
• Is there any ache or pain I feel?
• Is there any area that feels tense?
• Is it comfortable to be still or do I feel the urge to move?
• What else can I note from this experiment?

Now slowly roll to one side and sit up. Write down indiscriminately everything that you have observed. Go over your body parts and see if there are any messages you missed. Complete your writing with those. Try this exercise every day for a week and see how your listening skill develops.


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