This grounding sequence will help you release stress and redirect tense energy so that you can maintain internal peace in the midst of chaos. The poses, breathwork, and mudras, or hand seals, can open sensory receptors in the skin, begin to activate the energy channels of the body, or nadis, and guide prana, or life force, through them, bringing you into a state of awareness. This sequence also stretches and relaxes the neck, shoulders, and hips—where we might hold stress and trauma. The key is remaining present and creating a tranquil space, one breath at a time.
Set an intention at the beginning of your practice—something you want to create for yourself or something you want to let go of. Keep your awareness on your breath, with long, smooth, even inhalations and exhalations. When your practice gets challenging, think kind and loving thoughts about yourself to stay calm.
See also 3 Steps to a Balanced Home Practice