Sit down comfortably in the sand. Make sure you’re sitting in a way so that you’re able to take a couple of deep breaths. Cross legged is great as that opens your abdominal area, your psoas and pelvic area. The lungs and your ribcage has the freedom to move and expand to full capacity when you sit cross legged.
As you breath, feel the air/ and the wind against your skin, against your forehead, against your cheeks, your hair, and wherever your skin is exposed. Put your attention to each part of your face.
I get asked all the time:
"Kicki, should I do pilates or yoga? Which is better?"
I also often hear from long time yogis, that "I just like yoga. Pilates is not my thing."
Yet, they know something is missing when they consistently are bothered by a tight shoulder or painful lower back.
My answer to the above question is: Do both!
You get the great healing benefits from both yoga and pilates. When we try to recover from an injury several modalities are often needed.
My experience is that most yoga classes focus on opening and stretching the body.
Have you ever had an agonizing spot between your shoulders in your neck; a headache coming from seemingly nowhere? You try to rub it out, but to no good. You might have a friend or spouse push on the "knot" between your shoulders, or rub your forehead... but nothing happens. It might feel good for the moment, but there is no or very little relief.
The reason is that your discomfort or pain is not coming from the area you are rubbing. It's coming from a distance place elsewhere in the body and what you feel is referred pain from a trigger point.
Here we will discuss anything that concerns your health, and primarily
imbalances in muscular tissue and fascia restrictions. However, since there are
many systems within each body, we cannot ignore discussing the influence on/of
the organs, cranial bones, and your energetic system.
I practice holistic
therapy, and the way I apply this view of treatment is by taking a look at the
body as a whole unit instead of focusing exclusively on one body part or on one
For example, if you have been plagued with neck
pain for years for no obvious reason, you will most likely not be helped by
hands-on work on your neck only.