Life can be full of surprises that’s for sure! Therefore, building healthy personal energetic boundaries can help us to feel more protected and respected as we go about our day.
I was followed the other night as I walked home from the station. Stalked to put it plainly. I was surprised as though I live in a busy city; I do feel safe in my neck of the woods.
Being stalked is frightening. The good news is I managed to take control of the situation by calling a relative. I was lucky, however, for the next day or so I felt nervous doing the things I usually do. It was as if the person who had followed me had stolen a piece of my self-confidence in the process.
My logical side said I couldn’t let this stop me from going about my life, after all I love to walk. I always walk where there are people about, but as I’d experienced, that hadn’t guarantee my safety that evening.
Using my yoga knowledge and also what I had learnt via energy healing courses and self-help books, this is what I did to get my sense of protection and boundaries back.
After doing my regular yoga and meditation, I would sit on the floor and take some deep breaths. I would then do a quick projection base chakra meditation.
How: I imagined a red light (that is associated with that area) coming up from the ground, bringing the quality of iron and a sense of stability to my being. The red represents my security and sense of groundedness. I would sit there for a few minutes doing this until I felt safe. Next: I would imagine a virtual jacket, an imaginary coat made of protective white light. I would zip this coat up for the day, and it would only allow good light near me and shield me out of any danger. I now remember to do this daily.
To build strong personal boundaries I feel it is essential to strengthen our third chakra, the essence of this chakra is our sense of personal power. A strong core can have a profound effect on our general well-being. Connecting with our core helps connect us with our inner fire, helping to burn through any fears. So with this in mind here are two yoga poses to help strengthen the core. Try incorporating them into your regular yoga practice.
Always warm up first and check with your doctor for suitability.
Sivananda leg raises- back in 2004 while studying yoga in India, we had to do these twice a day as part of our practice. By the time I left the ashram, I felt so balanced and in my power.
Method: Lie on your back. Shoulders are falling softly to the ground. Relax any tension in the upper back. Raise the right leg off the ground and while maintaining the back and shoulders on the ground, reach up and grab the leg where you can ( just not the knee). Use a yoga belt if that is not possible. Take five to ten slow deep breaths then relax.
Next, round the body off the floor and hold onto the leg further up. Work at your compassionate edge remembering to extend non-violence to yourself. Take five to ten slow deep breaths then relax.
Yes, you got it you are going to raise both legs off the floor while maintaining the back and shoulders on the ground!
Advanced people can have their hands on the ground facing down at their sides. The rest of us can slide our hands underneath the lower back ( easier version) which helps to protect the back and prevent rounding.
Using the breath try raising and lowering the legs for three sets of five to ten.
On the last leg lift slowly lower for the count of ten while resisting the temptation to round the lower back off from the ground.
With time increase the number.
I hope these suggestions help. Stay safe.
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