When teaching a yoga class and we come to the end of the session, that is to Savasana, final relaxation, I always ask people to notice the aliveness within. I use different expressions to describe the sensation and say words like tingling, pulsations, or a feeling of buzzing. These are sensations that we can become aware of in different areas of the body or throughout the whole body.

With physical yoga practice we allow for more ease of circulation flow in the body. This opens for an increased awareness of aliveness. When I lie down on the mat at the end of my practice I like to visualise all the cells in my body being totally free in their buzzing. There is so much space between them – none of them stay in clusters. The sensation always gives me a great feeling of wholeness and joy.

The reason I wanted to write about the buzzing aliveness within is because it is such a great source of happiness. You are One. You are Whole. You are already Complete as you are! But so often we don’t know it and we don’t feel it. Many people hardly feel any connection between their head and body. They walk around with a body with a head on top as they if they were separate, and give most importance to their head and their problematic thoughts. When there is so much amazing information that can come from the body! Becoming aware of the aliveness within links everything together. It is also a great way of entering the (power of the) present moment. When you feel alive you are present.

If you find it hard to notice the aliveness within you, such as noticing some kind of tingling in your hands for example, right now – take a moment – then how about deciding to develop your awareness? It could be through physical yoga practice, mindfulness meditation, even taking cold showers or going for a winter swim helps. Once you have opened for the head-body connection and start noticing the aliveness within, see what happens: It might become an immense source of happiness for you.

Wishing you well! Annette X

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Annette Wiik

My name is Annette. I am a Yoga Academy Certified Teacher (BWY-Accredited School) and started practising Hatha Yoga over 20 years ago. Holding a certificate from Bangor University to teach mindfulness-based courses, I incorporate my knowledge of mindfulness meditation in all my yoga classes. I have two grown-up children.