RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR EMPATHS

LENGTH: 30 minutes

BENEFITS
grounding, may alleviate fatigue, restorative, empowering

ABOUT THIS CLASS:
This class creates an atmosphere of self-trust and safety so that you can fully surrender and relax in each pose. 

PROPS FOR THIS CLASS:
As many props as you have and want, honestly. I used a bolster, folded blanket and two pillows. 

POSES IN THIS SEQUENCE:

x sukhasana - seated meditation
x balasana - child's pose
x setu bandha sarvangasana - bridge pose
x savasana or side-lying pose 

HOW TO SET BOUNDARIES TO REDUCE FATIGUE

In this video, I’m going to share some energy protection techniques that will help you reduce fatigue. Even if you don’t identify as an empath, I’d encourage you to try these techniques to see if they help reduce your fatigue.

Mentioned in this lecture:

Organite Pendant
Using Physical Sensations to Connect with Emotions
Healing Body Betrayal
Awaken the Inner Healer PDF

You can also download this lecture here.

AUDIO TRANSCRIPT:

In the last lecture, I gave you a list of signs you might be an empath. In this video, I’m going to give you some tips for reducing empath fatigue. Even if you don’t identify as an empath but you do experience fatigue, I would encourage you to give these techniques a try and see how they work for you.


I personally identify as an empath, and the energy protection techniques I’m going to share with you here are things that I have used myself and have seen good results with.


  1. WEAR ORGANITE

A few months ago, I started wearing an organite pendant. They’re usually made with black tourmaline, which is a protection stone. And let me tell you, this has made a HUGE difference in my energy levels. Organite vibrates at a very organized sort of frequency, so it purifies the energy around you when you wear it. So instead of tuning your frequency to the energy of the people around you, you’ll be better able to stay in your own energy. I will leave an Amazon link in the lecture description so you can check this out. I love this because I don’t have to be consciously thinking about energy protection when I’m going about my day.


2. CREATE A PROTECTIVE BUBBLE

In your meditation practice, you can visualize a protective cocoon of white light surrounding you, or it can be any color you like. You’re essentially creating an energetic forcefield that repels negative energy and only allows in the positive.

Like I mentioned in the last lecture, it’s not necessarily that you’re absorbing the bad energy of others or that their energy is attacking you. But this visualization still works because it’s raising our vibration from the frequency of powerlessness to the frequency of empowerment and self-protection. It firmly anchors you in your own energy. Even just a couple minutes of this visualization can work wonders.


3. LISTEN TO MUSIC

I used to really struggle with feeling overstimulated when I would go to loud, crowded places like the grocery store. So I started putting headphones in and turning up my music loud enough so that I couldn’t hear the other noises. This helped me to focus on the task at hand and made me feel less anxious. I would highly recommend doing this. Music is frequency. I talk about this in more depth in the Awaken Your Inner Healer PDF guide which you can grab on the downloads page. But music is a great way to tune your frequency to a higher vibration. It doesn’t matter what kind of music is as long as its something that makes you feel good.


4. CLEANSE YOUR ENERGY FIELD REGULARLY

Again, this is all about raising your energetic frequency and creating a sense of empowerment. There are so many ways we can achieve this. You could burn sage or frankincense or use sage or frankincense essential oil to purify the energy of yourself and your home. Our thoughts vibrate at their own unique frequencies, so you could use meditation: white light visualization is a good one, so is any sort of chakra meditation, the purple flame meditation I’ll be sharing with you later this week, yoga nidra would also be a good practice for this. Pranayama will also purify your energy - Breath of fire, breath of joy, or even just full, slow deep breaths. Bioenergetic shaking is also a good technique for this because it helps move prana.


5. SET BOUNDARIES 

If you haven’t listened to my boundaries lecture, go do that after you finish this one. As empaths, it is especially important for us to set boundaries. Say no to the things that create unnecessary stress in your life. Be picky about the people you allow to share space with you. 


6. PRACTICE SELF CARE

Take care of your physical body. Take care of your mental and emotional health. Self care needs to become a non-negotiable in your daily life. Self care doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t have to take a long time. But it can take a long time if you want or need it to. Find a daily routine that works for you, and if you’re looking for ideas, check out the Refreshed ebook on the Tribe downloads page. For me, the first couple of hours of my day are completely devoted to self care, and I give myself time to check in throughout the day too. It’s honestly kind of like I’m mothering myself and taking care of myself the way I would a small child. I’m high maintenance, and I’ve learned to be okay with that. When I make myself a priority, I am better able to serve others. 



7. CREATE SAFETY

Empaths are prone to anxiety and feeling like we’re being attacked and like we need to be on high alert all the time. So we need to start creating an environment of safety for ourselves. So I want you to make a list of all the things and activities that make you feel safe. These can be really simple things, and I’ll give you some of my own examples to help you get started:

sounds that make me feel safe are the sound of the furnace kicking on in the winter, the sound of a train horn, music that resonates with what I’m feeling in the moment, thunder storms

smells that make me feel safe are the smell of burning leaves, the smell of baked goods, cinnamon, lilacs, the scent of rain

I also feel safe with the feeling of soft fabrics against my skin, having my skin caressed by someone I love and trust, being wrapped up in a blanket, wearing clothes that make me feel good

Reading a book that I’ve read before

Holding a cup of hot tea in my hands

Eating warm bowls of my favorite foods


Once you have your list, you can go back to it in times of stress and create that feeling of safety for yourself in the present moment.


It’s important to understand that empaths aren’t the only ones affected by energy. Everyone is. It’s just that empaths are more sensitive to and more aware of that energy. When you work on raising your vibration and protecting your energy, you’re also raising the vibration of the collective. So this is important work you’re doing here, not just for yourself and your own empowerment, but for everyone around you too.


Thank you so much for being here with me today.

I hope these tips and tricks have been helpful. If you have any questions or would like to discuss what I’ve talked about in this lecture, please head over to the private Facebook group. I love getting to dive deep with you.


I’ll talk to you again soon. Namaste.









ARE YOU AN EMPATH?

Today we are going to talk about the extrasensory gift of empathy. And I think a lot of us in this community and in the chronic illness community in general are highly empathic people. We’re highly sensitive, compassionate, and tend to take on the burdens of the people around us. We’re natural-born healers and nurturers. We care about people so deeply. But whenever we are unconscious of this gift, whenever we don’t know how to use it properly, it can become a detriment to us.


You can also download this lecture here.


AUDIO TRANSCRIPT:

Today we are going to talk about the extrasensory gift of empathy. And I think a lot of us in this community and in the chronic illness community in general are highly empathic people. We’re highly sensitive, compassionate, and tend to take on the burdens of the people around us. We’re natural-born healers and nurturers. We care about people so deeply. But whenever we are unconscious of this gift, whenever we don’t know how to use it properly, it can become a detriment to us.

So here are some signs you might be an empath:

People have called you “highly sensitive” or “too sensitive”

You experience emotions deeply and intensely, perhaps even more so than others

You cry easily

When you walk into a room, you can feel the energy of the room - you can sense if there’s tension even if no one is saying anything

You can feel the emotions of others as if they were your own happening inside your own body

If someone you love is sick, you might start experiencing the same symptoms

You dislike crowded places and loud noises and are prone to sensory overwhelm

You have sensitive skin and prefer to wear soft fabrics

You’re very particular about your home environment and the feng shui of the room you are in. 

You can’t watch the news or watch violent movies.

You have strong intuition and sometimes just “know” things

You’re good at reading people

You may be a trauma or abuse survivor

Everyone is a little different, so you might not have all of these traits, but if you found yourself nodding to most of them, chances are, you’re an empath.

Many empaths also have poor ego-boundaries, which we talked about in the last lecture. If you haven’t listened to that lecture, please go back and check it out.

When empaths have poor ego-boundaries it becomes a huge drain on our energy because we’re walking around without any protection.

Everything in this universe vibrates at a unique frequency, including humans, animals, plants, inanimate objects, food, music, everything. Empaths are highly sensitive to energetic frequencies. A lot of people will describe being an empath as though we’re absorbing the energy of other people like a sponge. But that’s not quite accurate. What’s really happening is that when we have poor boundaries, when we aren’t firmly anchored in who we are, what happens is that we will unconsciously tune our own frequency to match the frequency of what is surrounding us at the moment. And this can be a detriment when those frequencies are lower vibrational frequencies like fear, illness, powerlessness and lack.

Empaths are highly susceptible to fatigue and illness because we’re being constantly bombarded by all of this energy and it can become overwhelming for our bodies. Instead of vibrating firmly in our own frequency, things become disorganized and chaotic. And it feels like we’re taking the weight of the world on our shoulders.

So it’s really important for us to be conscious about the people we’re spending time with. The foods we put in our bodies, the music we listen to and the media we consume.

Our high sensitivity can make us vulnerable, but it can also become a superpower when we learn how to use it consciously. And that’s what we’re going to be talking about a little bit more in the next lecture.