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A Home Practice to Cultivate Contentment

A sequence to help you ride the wave of life, knowing that you have everything you need within you to move through changes and challenges with grace.
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15DHANURASANA

When life ebbs and flows, it can be challenging to stay connected to ourselves—particularly if we’re tempted to ignore or escape the negative feelings that can come with change and upheaval. Yet staying with all of our musings and physical sensations during times of change—welcome or not—enables us to move with more equanimity through ups and downs.

When we accept that we can’t always control external situations, it can be empowering and help us focus on what we can control: what goes on within us. Whatever you’re going through, I hope this sequence will help you trust that you can ride the waves of life with a feeling of contentment, knowing that you have everything you need within you to move through changes and challenges with grace.

Practice Tips

1. Before you begin, find a quiet space and connect with your breath.

2. Set an intention for this practice: state it clearly and in the present tense.

3. Do 3 to 5 rounds of Sun or Moon Salutations led by the breath. Then, come to Balasana (Child’s Pose) and move through the following sequence. 

See also 5 Happiness-Boosting Poses