Friday, January 02, 2009

What else can support my yoga practice?

It's visualization. Years ago I read the book "Creative visualization" by Shakti Gawain, now I reread it. (Btw, the book is great.)

I remembered this book, because visualization happened spontaneously when I went to bed before sleeping. Obviously I did the exercise at the wrong time or was it only the wrong pose that I imagined? Laying in bed on my back I imagined how I arched back from standing position to do urdhva dhanurasana. Also in my imaginations I fell back suddenly and exactly at the moment when I fell down, I woke up from my very relaxed almost sleeping state. The consequence: I had difficulties to sleep in. Yesterday when I was in bed, I thought it could be better to imagine myself pressing me up from the floor. This is so exhausting that I must sleep quickly. I must have slept in quickly as I cannot remember anymore what happened. But to sleep in quickly was not my intention when I wanted to do visualization. I wanted to improve some of the asanas that way.

The consequence: Visualization can be done any time. In order to get the most out of it without creating sleeping in problems it's good to reserve some extra time during the day.


Tracy said...

Shakti used to be my neighbor in Tiburon...we used to swim together at the pool. She is quite an extraordinary woman~ Her books are wonderful...glad you enjoy that one as well, it is my favorite!

Ursula said...

Tracy, you know the world. :)

Her books are great. Really.
Nice to hear that she is also in reality a wonderful person.


PS: I've also her another book on my desk: Living in the light.
I'm looking forward to reading it.

A picture of Shakti is on the cover, she really seems to be an open-minded person.