The Leo-inspired practice, from my forthcoming book Yoga by the Stars, is the perfect antidote to all the covid-related fear and anxiety that is swirling around at the moment. Due to the virus we're all having to be hyper-vigilant as we try to avoid catching or giving others the virus. This makes life very stressful and many of us are finding it harder than usual to relax. We can also feel dis-empowered and overwhelmed when faced with what can feel like an insurmountable problem. I was certainly feeling like that when I stepped onto my yoga mat early on this morning. However, I found the Leo practice did it's magic and I felt stronger, calmer and more courageous by the end of it.
The Ram-Yam-Lam sequence is part of the Leo-inspired yoga practice, and I just loved doing it this morning! The chanting helps you to release tension and find your lion's roar! The mantra RAM is associated with the solar plexus chakra and helps you to access your personal power. The mantra YAM connects you to your compassionate heart centre. And the mantra LAM is associated with your base chakra and so is grounding.
Stand tall, feet parallel and about hip-width apart, with hands resting on the solar plexus. Inhale and take the arms out to the sides. On the exhale, chant Ram (pronounced rum), as you bring your hands back to the solar plexus. Inhale taking the arms overhead. Exhale, lowering the arms and crossing the hands to the heart, as you chant Yam (pronounced yum). Inhale taking the arms overhead. Exhale, coming into a Standing Forward bend (Uttanasana), chanting Lam (pronounced lum). Inhale, come back up to standing, taking both arms up above the head. Exhale lower the hands back to the solar plexus. Repeat the sequence 3 more times.
See also the Leo Page of this website, and the Strength Powered by Love post
Hello, I am Jilly Shipway, the author of Yoga Through the Year, and my forthcoming book Yoga by the Stars. In this Yoga by the Stars blog I will share with you zodiac-inspired yoga insights and inspiration. I also have another blog on my Yoga Through the Year website.