“In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.” ~ Lao Tzu
In life, when we find ourselves stuck, we often turn to water to help get us moving again. If you are nervous about speaking, your tongue feels dry and like it cannot move, so you reach for a glass of water. Many people find a soak in a tub or a swim helps calm their minds when they are stuck in a state of stress or mental anxiety. Water has this easy ability to gently get you moving again.
The same can be said for the Namaste Water Light practice. Even in merely watching the sequence, you may find yourself breathing a little deeper and with a more even pace than before you turned it on! If just watching it has this effect, wait until you try it!
The sequence starts with the Sun-Moon breath-body link. Already we are finding the flow. Imagine a waterfall, the water rushing up to the crest, and sliding down smoothly from above your head, to your heart. Calm, clean, clear water washes ashore in your mind and rinses away everything but serenity.
Tap your hands behind your head and look up. This smooth, fluid motion calls you to draw all that is in the back of your mind and give it up and out to the universe. Let it go. Then, sink low into the Crouch with the hands at the Third Eye, a call for clarity in your thoughts and intentions.
Roll back into plough position and feel the roundness of the spine and its ability to tumble over itself, fixed and yet fluid. Roll back to sitting and fold the spine over again, gently. Feel the rounding and ease of the motion, the ability of water to reach ever further upon the shore and return gently back to its previous state. Soon you will roll back and forth again, this time to standing, and feel the majesty of the waterfall return, it’s ability to rise tall, and simultaneously flow downwards so graciously.
As you glide through the sequence, notice the roll back into plough getting smoother and easier. You are finding your flow.
“Reminding yourself of your excellent effort,” Kate says.
Kate guides you to half-forward fold. “Like a diver,” she says. You are feeling smooth and strong again. More ready to approach the day and those things that were stuck, with fresh energy and a new perspective. Kate adds confidence to your reinvigorated energy.
“We’re challenging ourselves here, let’s go,” she says.
You rise into a chest lift: open arms, open chest, open heart, open mind! Inhale all of that open energy; feel refreshed!
Savasana is when you start to bring awareness to the effects of the practice. You hips are more open and pliable. Your spine has received a wonderful massage; it feels relaxed and easy. Your mind and body are flowing… through the flow, you can let it go.
“Release,” Kate says.
With an open mind and open heart, you are ready to face anything that comes your way with awareness, appreciation and acceptance.
Kate encourages you, “to cultivate the deepest respect for life in all its forms.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Heather Gregory is an avid Namaste yogini and has been practicing the sequences nearly every day for three years. We enlisted Heather to embark on Sadhana, our 26 -week journey, and blog about each sequence. You can contact her at email@example.com