Almost all of us have had that feeling of not being ‘good enough’ at some point in our lives. Most of the time it is triggered by a stress-inducing situation, but sometimes it can become an all-encompassing emotion.
For many, this comes down to us underestimating our strengths and overestimating our flaws. Over time, this can have a negative effect on our mental state, holding us back from reaching our true potential.
If you are feeling like this, a simple restorative yoga sequence like the one described below can help you reconnect with your inner-self and help you let go of feelings of inadequacy.
Start with a seated meditation
Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position, using a block or pillow underneath your sit bones to help you sit with a straight back. Relax your shoulders and place both hands over your heart centre. Breathe deeply and think about someone you love unconditionally. With this sense of love, begin to pair your breath with a mantra; as you inhale say to yourself “I am”, as you exhale say “enough”.
Move into a supported child’s pose
When you’re ready, move into child’s pose. Start sitting on your knees and then fold your body forward, using a bolster or pillow between your legs to support your head and torso. Rest your arms back by your side and allow your entire body to release. Once you feel fully supported, continue to breathe deeply and stay for at least five minutes if possible.
Allowing your body to rest in this supportive way while focussing on your breath helps to soothe the nervous system and quieten an overworked mind.
Finish with a spinal massage
For your final pose, move onto your back and hug your knees to your chest. Experiment with rocking from side to side and back to front for a lovely spinal massage. Using your hands on your knees, roll them in circles to help release your lower back.
Stay for as long as feels good, hugging yourself with care and love. When we give ourselves this attention and care, we start to believe that we are enough and start to realise that those feelings of inadequacy are simply not true.