Spread your arms wide
Open your heart to the sky
Turn your face to the sun and
Say yes to the present moment
Say yes to today
Say yes to this week
Say yes to new opportunities
Say yes to the unknown
Say yes to prosperity
Say yes to abundance
Say yes to love
Say yes to joy
Say yes to being your badass self
You are a Divine creature of God
You are love and light
You are all that you’ve been seeking for
You are magnificent
Say yes to yourself
Say yes to life
I was first introduced to swinging chair pose by one of my Kundalini teachers, Karen. She is known for using this pose in her classes as a warm-up before the kriya. I love it because it combines movement, breath and imagery- I’m a visual person and I greatly enjoy the visual components of Kundalini yoga, especially in relation to the Law of Attraction.
In this pose you are saying yes to all of the wonderful and amazing things that you want to bring forth and attract into four life, while simultaneously getting rid of the garbage and gunk that is no longer serving you, perhaps even weighing you down.
Start standing with your feet hip width distance apart, arms resting by the sides of the body.
Close your eyes and begin to bring your awareness into your body. Come into your body.
Feel where your feet meet the earth beneath you.
Notice your breath as it moves in and out of your body.
Now I invite you to think of something in your life that is no longer serving you- maybe it’s a thought, a behavior or a pattern, maybe it’s a past event that happened or a heavy feeling or emotion you’ve been carrying around that you’re ready to get rid of. It can be more than one thing but try to find at least one thing you’re willing to get rid of. Note, you don’t have to be ready, just willing. You can also set the intention here to release all things known and unknown that are standing in the way of your desires and/ or preventing you from living your optimal life.
Once you have that which you wish to release. Take a moment to call forth that which you wish to call in. What are you ready to invite into your life? Abundancy, prosperity, love, a romantic partner, courage, patience, money, joy, freedom, travel…. etc, etc, etc.
Now you are ready to begin.
As you exhale, bend your knees so that your hips come in line with your knees. It is as though you are sitting in an imaginary chair. And simultaneously sweep your arms down and back so that your fingertips point behind you. Visualize that which you are releasing and letting go of.
Inhale, legs straighten as you come into standing and arms simultaneously sweep up, biceps by the ears, slight backbend and opening of the heart as you say “Yes” to all that you are inviting in and calling forth into your life. I invite you to call our the things you’re invite in, for example “Yes to abundance” “Yes to love” “Yes to financial freedom” and so on. In doing so you are placing your order with the Universe. You are clearly stating, “Yes, I want this. Bring this to me. I am ready.”
Do this exercise for 1-3 minutes.
Finish on the inhale, reaching up towards the sky, opening up the heart. Hold the inhale, close the eyes and then as you exhale slowly lower your hands down by the sides of your body. And feel the energy within and around you. Feel the energy you created in your body and your energetic field. Pause and rest here for a minute before softly fluttering your eyes to open.
You can do this exercise every morning as a part of your morning routine or anytime you are feeling low, down, need an energy or mood boost.
How I found a morning routine to be helpful in managing my anxiety and depression.
There was a period in my life where waking up in the morning was a real struggle. The dawn of the day marked the remembrance of my troubles and worries. Before my eyes fluttered to open, my mind was flooded with a surge of negative thoughts, my heart became heavy as it sank into my chest and worry drenched every cell in my body. I wanted to pull the covers up over my head and drift back into the unconsciousness of my being- where my worries and troubles did not exist.
My aversion of mornings put me in a salty mood, which unavoidably followed me around all day. I needed something to snap me out of my morning funk- something stronger than coffee. Thus, the creation of My Magical Morning.
Below are four things that I started doing every morning which transformed my relationship with mornings from dreadful to divine.
1. “Today is Magical”
Say this phrase 5 times, with feeling, before you get out of bed.
I found that the first thing I was saying to myself in the morning, before my little eyes even fluttered open to the morning light, was “Oh cr*p, it’s morning again. Another day of this sh*t.” This was literally how I started each day and this phrase is what set the tone for my day. I was, unknowingly, sabotaging my day before it even began. So I set a little note with my alarm, a reminder, that said “Today is Magical” with some stars and hearts emojis (the unicorn had not yet debuted). From that day on, each morning, when my alarm would wake me up, I was kindly reminded that Today is Magical.
*Other options might be- Today is the best day of my life. I love my life. My life is fabulous and fruitful….. You get the idea.
Start with 5 minutes and work your way up as you see fit. There are many different forms of meditation and apps available to support your journey; sit in silence, follow your breath, visualize yourself being filled with love, or chant mantras, play around and find one that best serves you.
I like to tack this step onto my meditation since I’m already sitting with eyes closed, and typically feeling relaxed and receptive. I spend about 5 minutes visualizing, in as much detail and with as much feeling as possible, having all of my hearts desires; frequently creating a big ol’ smile across my face.
You’ve likely heard about affirmations and the claims made about their benefits. I was once a skeptic myself and I avoided them like vampires avoid daylight. But the relentless buggers kept following me around; hiding out in books, making surprise guest appearances in movies and blurting themselves out in conversations. Eventually, I surrendered to their persistence and now I am an avid believer in powerful magic of affirmations. Write them out as though every word you are writing is the truth, and in time, it will be your truth.
I took great delight in experimenting with various activities and fine-tuning the details to create the perfect morning routine for my needs. I encourage you to do the same- have fun with this, play around with different options and fine-tune until you find a Magical Morning Routine that fits your lifestyle and meets your needs.
I didn’t always dread mornings; there was another time in my life when I was having a magical love affair with them. I would wake up in the dark hours of the early morning to watch the sunrise over the ocean. I would sit quietly, in solitude, grateful for the stillness of the early morning; with sand between my toes as the gentle sea breeze would softly kiss my cheeks. Mornings and I, we had a real romance going on- it was the real deal kinda love. But when the seas of life got rough, and I was relentlessly tossed around as waves crashed over me, sometimes pulling me under, I found it difficult to catch my breath, hard to stay afloat. My Magical Morning Routine became my personal flotation device and through maintaining a daily routine I have become more buoyant and resilient when facing rough seas.