I’ve discovered something strange. For months now, I’ve successfully used Shiva Rae’s “Moon Salutation” to overcome residual muscle tension and turn off my brain for sleep. But to be honest, sometimes I am too lazy late at night to do approximately seven minutes of yoga. Those nights, if I’m not careful, I’ll toss and turn and get up in the morning un-rested.
So I made it a rule: at the very least, I do a simple Sun Salutation before going to bed (and usually waking up in the morning as well, although I might do a set of joint recovery drills instead.) That came pretty close to doing the trick.
Then about two weeks ago I did something different: after getting in bed, instead of counting sheep or even going through the WARRIOR SLEEP program (which works like gangbusters…but like I said, sometimes I’m lazy) I visualized myself going through the “Moon Salutation” sequence.
It was strange. I had a hard time holding the sense of being in “First Person”—performing it from the “inside.” I kept flipping to watching myself do it as an observer. I relaxed, focused, and slipped more deeply into the drill…
And suddenly it was morning. I was shocked, and have tried this every night for the last few weeks, and have only gotten to the end of the sequence once. A few times I woke up again about four hours later, used it, and went right back out.
Now…I don’t know if this would work for others. Whether you need to practice yoga, or practice the Moon Salutation sequence, or whatever. This might be something anyone can do because of secrets locked in the movement pattern, or something that works for me and no one else. So…I’m putting it out there, and would like feedback.
Because if it works for anyone….wow!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Posted by Steven Barnes at 6:56 AM