Darci. One of my favourite teachers AND happens to be the studio owner of The Lab on Vancouver Island (not to mention, all-around great person).
She once said in a class:
if you can keep your tongue dropped away from the roof of your mouth for the entire day,
you are on the path to enlightenment.
…or something along those lines.
I believe she was quoting Michael Stone. Regardless, it was an ‘aha’ moment for me.
I have a practice of “checking in with myself” throughout the day. And since Darci gave out that advice, very often I’ll notice that if I’m stressed, my tongue is rammed right up onto the roof of my mouth (apparently, I’m not very far down the path to enlightenment, if you were wondering).
It’s interesting to notice the change that happens when you drop your tongue away from the roof of your mouth. And then soften the roof of your mouth.
No, really. Try it now.
Mindfulness is the art of paying attention.
In this case, noticing that my physical state mirrors my state of mind. Once we can notice these things, “oh, my tongue is rammed up there again”, we can learn to relax and soften.
If you haven’t signed up for our Mindfulness Series, I’d encourage you to go check it out. The videos are 15-25 minutes with the intention to bring more relaxation into your life. You’ll probably even hear the cue, “drop the tongue away from the roof of your mouth” 🙂
See you on your mat.