It’s been almost a year since I was teaching to employees and family members of the Frankfurt Consulate. Since then, my family and I enjoyed an extended home leave in Fort Lauderdale and Detroit then started our settling in process here in Bangkok, August 2017. Such is life, I wasn’t able to re-start teaching a quickly as I’d hoped. I learned toward the end of home leave that I needed surgery on my uterus and bladder. Once my husband settled in his job and my kids with school. I began to research hospitals and surgeons, and in early February had the surgery and I’m ecstatic that I’m recovering well and have just returned to my regular daily practice.
Ahhh… the Expat Life, full of unforeseen challenges to which we must constantly adapt.
I spent six months without a yoga movement practice due to my health issues. My primary mind-body practice was unavailable to me and for some time, I felt lost and more alone than ever. Stiffening throughout my body occurred and here we were in a city that requires lot of walking; ugh, frustration set in and at times panic. Surgery in a foreign country; my lady parts…OMG! I know you can relate; if not to surgery; then its that “thing” that requires so much of your energy that can’t be ignored; it pulls you out of whatever semblance of normal you’ve been able to create for yourself and forces you to deal.
To help, I turned to my experience and memories of kundalini yoga, which is a form of yogic meditation that assists with the release of energy held and initiated at the base of the spine — the Root Chakra. I’d like to share with you three seated meditations I used to calm the mind, banish fear, and promote patience within my spirit. The later two practices come from one of my favorite books: Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Experience the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Check out the images below.
Try practicing one of these meditations first thing in the morning or whenever you create the time in your schedule for a week. Be sure to journal your thoughts and feelings after each session.
Come back and let us know what/if any difference you feel.