In YJ’s latest course, Restorative Yoga 101, Jillian Pransky, director of Restorative Therapeutic Yoga instructor training for YogaWorks and writer of Deep Listening, could have you rethinking relaxation one deep breath at a time. This four-week program provides college students an in-depth take a look at eight important poses that may enable you to elicit the relief response, easy prop setups that may assist encourage deep mind-body launch and therapeutic, guided meditative sequences and respiration exercises, mind-body alignment lectures, and private inquiry. Eager to study extra? Sign up now.
In my work educating restorative yoga for over 20 years, I have been most passionately targeted on serving to college students domesticate the talent of “deep listening,” which not coincidentally can also be the title of my new e-book.
What Is Deep Listening?
This compassionate listening is not a lot a selected method as it’s an strategy to the way you obtain and reply to your self—it is the way you pay attention to your physique, breath, emotions, and ideas. It’s the method of displaying up for your self and assembly your self in a extra curious, type, and compassionate method. When you concentrate to your self on this means, you set the circumstances for acutely aware rest, permitting you to keep extra calm and open with your self, others, and your circumstances.
The Benefits of Deep Listening
Deep listening is an intentional exercise. Humans aren’t designed to let our guards down simply, so we’d like to progressively and methodically create a basis that permits us to keep calm when we now have the impulse to do the other. Deep listening helps you domesticate the sort of acutely aware rest that permits you to keep open, current, and curious in conditions the place you usually would not.
Deep listening additionally grants you entry to your sensible inside steerage, permitting you to “respond” somewhat than “react” and make extra aware, nourishing, and compassionate decisions.
As a part of a restorative yoga follow, Deep Listening helps you uncover how and the place you’re holding rigidity in your physique and thoughts and permits you to hear what’s saved inside this bodily, emotional, and psychological discomfort. And the reality is, you will not be so “enthusiastic” about making contact together with your rigidity and what it holds. This is the “stuff” that you’ve got purposely been ignoring, avoiding, denying, and so on. At first, listening inward might make you anxious. You might not belief which you could deal with what you’ll hear, really feel, or study. However, for many of individuals, it’s extra debilitating to reside in a physique that’s holding pressure. It’s draining to stay a life by which you’re not likely “listening” however somewhat continually reacting to emotional triggers in ways in which sabotage your health and well-being. Deep Listening permits you to soften and care for your self in order that the tales, the knowledge, and the emotions you’re carrying will not proceed to restrict your bodily, emotional, and psychological wellness.
Initially, Deep Listening may really feel scary, however with follow, you will ultimately end up in entrance of an previous set off and it will not have the identical impression. You’ll discover that what used to make you are feeling the urge to battle, flee, or freeze might not management you, and chances are you’ll as an alternative end up responding correctly, compassionately, and artfully.
How to Practice Deep Listening
Here’s how to set the stage for this compassionate listening:
- Welcome your self. Pause to welcome your self, in no matter state you are in. You can present up extra if you really feel welcomed.
- Get grounded. Consciously permit your physique to land on the earth so that you simply really feel the help beneath you holding you up. Restorative yoga poses and props assist you to do that.
- Breathe freely. When you are feeling grounded, you possibly can flip your consideration to your breath and develop extra accustomed to the methods you might habitually “hold” your breath. Practice permitting your breath to stream extra freely and absolutely.
- Listen inward. As you develop current together with your breath, start to pay attention inward. Practice kindly and compassionately noting the way you “feel” with out including on judgment. This is the guts of deep listening. As you apply responding to your self with kindness and curiosity quite than judgment, your nervous system shifts from the stress response to the relief response, which calms muscular rigidity, units the entire physique up for deep therapeutic, progress, and restore, and permits you to entry your inside knowledge and sense of wholeness.
Deep Listening is an strategy to take day by day, not a apply you ever end or accomplish. It is a approach of assembly your emotions, circumstances, and challenges with the intention of staying relaxed, curious, and open within the face of all of it. This talent not solely modifications the best way you reply to stress, it truly leaves you feeling much less harassed, will increase the quantity of pleasure in your life, and units the circumstances for you to evolve.