Five things to try for your 👁️ 👂 🐽 🤐 🖐️
If you have ever been to one of my classes, you know how I love a bit of background to themes and am always keen to share with my students (perhaps a bit too much sometimes – yes, I’m aware of that!). So in this post, I thought I’d pass on a few things I found whilst researching for the Senses Yin Yoga series I held in Spring so you can try them out yourself.
1. Sight / Eyes
I really like Marisa from YOQI and her blend of Yin Yoga and Qigong. Here’s a great class for the Liver which includes some (slightly challenging!) eye exercises.
2. Sound / Ears
It’s one thing meditating in silence, but have you ever tried surrounded by sound? I (attempt to) do my sittings on the train twice a week, and this video on meditating in noisy environments has been really helpful.
3. Smell / Nose
Ah, the nose! I have a terrible time with my nose because of bloody allergies but when it’s not all blocked up, good old Nadi Shodhana or Alternate Nostril Breathing can be great for rebalance. Try this guidance by the lovely Esther Ekhart.
4. Taste / Mouth
In Chinese medicine, the Stomach & Spleen are not only related to physical digestion but processing mental & emotional states as well.
The mouth is obviously the place we bung our food in so, not surprisingly, is the sense organ for these two meridians or ‘Earth qi’. There are prettier pages than this to discover the best foods to support this energy, but this one has a load of recipes you might like to try.
5. Touch / Skin
Finally comes Touch and for this, I suggest simply sitting and bringing your attention to all then sensations you can feel. For example:
- The weight of your body.
- Where your feet are, your ankles and your hands.
- What are the different textures of your clothes? Are they rough or soft, thin or thick?
- How does the air feel on your skin? Is it warm. Is it cool?
Notice any sensations you have then make sure to bring that mindful attention into your yoga practice.