Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 262 | Declutter: Yoga for Energy | How to Boost Energy | 55 min Intermediate Hatha Yoga Class |

by Melissa West on January 16, 2015

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Yoga to Declutter

Yoga-to-DeclutterMembers: I would recommend you practice this week’s Weekly Challenge prior to practicing this class as it will prepare your fascia for this class and make it easier to practice:

On our membership site we practiced a Transitioning into the New Year retreat this year between December 26th and December 31st. Many of the members (Nicole, Nicci, Ivy, Hannah, Fiona, Alice), are still supporting each other in their intentions for the New Year on this thread. One of their intentions is to clear clutter and for good reason.

Clutter slows your energy. To nourish your energy, you can make space by clearing clutter. When your home is a spacious and relaxing it becomes a place of retreat to restore your energy. When your home is full of stuff it is easy to become overwhelmed, exhausted, stressed and full of anxiety.

Nicole says, “The more clutter on my computer and my phone, the slower they run.” This is another example of where our external environment reflects our internal environment. Clutter arounds us slows us down. Clutter is low, stagnant, and confusing energy that constantly drains energy from you. When you clear clutter you will start to experience higher energy levels, more clarity, and a heightened sense of well-being .

As yogis we can pay attention to the things that are draining our energy. As I was preparing my notes for this class I noticed some things on my desk that were draining my energy, so I stopped and recycled what I could and threw out the rest.

When you think about decluttering, start small and choose an area that could have a significant affect on your health. This series is about nourishing your energy and one of the best ways to nourish your energy is to receive a good night’s sleep. So perhaps start with decluttering your bedroom. When you take all the items out of your bedroom that are going to interrupt your sleep including television, exercise equipment, office and work related items, storage items, and things that may upset you emotionally or mentally. Clear the clutter from under your bed, closets and drawers. This will allow your bedroom to be a place of rest, peace and tranquility.

Another place to consider decluttering in relation to this nourishing your energy series is your front door. According to feng shui, your front door is the mouth of your house and so this is how your house receives your energy. If your external environment is open to receiving nourishment, then your internal environment will be more receptive as well.

Finally, your kitchen is another area to keep free of clutter because it is related to your overall health and especially one of your main detoxifying organs, your liver. Keeping your refrigerator clear of clutter and your cupboards and drawers in order will go a long way to nourishing your energy and overall health.

In today’s class we will make space in our bodies with side bends and twists. Reflect on these teachings and how they relate to your life. By clearing our lungs, small and large intestines we make space in our bodies. We make space for breath to bring in nourishing energy for life sustaining air or prana. We also make space for our bodies to be able to receive nourishment and energy from our food and for our bodies to be able to easily release waste that doesn’t serve. What is it that you want to receive from this class today? What is it that you are trying to create, sustain, release or rebirth in your life and how can this class help you do that?

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What are you going to practice decluttering this week? What room or small space?

If you’ve resonated with any of these teachings or examples or if you want to have more guidance on decluttering, we have value added content on our membership site to support you and I invite you to become a part of our membership community.

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Props Needed: Blocks, Meditation cushion, and a chair or folded blanket

Yoga Postures/Asanas: Reclined Side Bend/Supta Ardha Chandrasana, Jathara Parivartanasana/Reclined Twist, Cat Pose/Marjaryasana, Thread the Needle, Side Bend/Ardha Chandrasana, Side Angle Pose/Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Utkatasana/Revolved Chair Pose, Supported Shoulderstand/Salamba Sarvangasana. Lion/Simhasana, Matsyendrasana/Lord of the Fishes Pose, Upavistha Konasana/Wide Legged Forward fold, Savasana/Corpse Pose

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