It’s the morning rush hour and you’re battling with everyone else to get to work on time. There are no seats, your nose is in someone’s armpit and the tube stops in places to "regulate the service" ( does ANYONE know what that actually means?)
Our journey into work can send us into stress over drive before the day has even started but instead of repeating the same response patterns day in and out - why not change your attitude? Here’s a quick and easy way to make your journey calmer.
Find the bones of your feet in your shoes, send your weight downwards through your feet. As you do this lift up and away from your ankles, your knees , your hips and pelvis and float the crown of the head up and away from your shoulders and neck. Feel your skull lengthening away from your heels. Feel your shoulders broaden.
As you inhale imagine you are breathing in through the left sole of your foot, up into your left leg, up along the left side of the spine and to the crown of your head. Pause.
As you exhale, keep the length in the spine and imagine you are breathing down your right side of the spine, down your right leg and out through the sole of your right foot. Pause.
As you inhale imagine you are now inhaling through the right sole of your foot, your right leg, right side of the spine and up into the crown of your head. Pause.
As you exhale, keep the length you have created as you send your breath down into the left side of the spine the left leg and the sole of your left foot.
Repeat this cycle a few times, you should feel grounded as well as tall and proud.
The next time you breathe in, imagine the breath starting from the soles of both feet up into both sides of the spine and up into the crown of the head. Pause. On the exhale send your breath down both sides of the body, both legs and out through both soles of the feet.
Get out one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way to work swinging your arms so that you get fresh air and a chance to move your body before arriving at work with a smile on your face and ready to start the day.
17 November 2013