How are you feeling today?
Right now, you may feel stressed and tired. You may feel irritable, short of breath and wired up. You may feel aggressive, wound up and ready to explode.Or you may feel exhausted, worn out and depleted by constantly being in fight or flight mode.
We all respond differently to stress. But I guess we will all agree that stress is one of the biggest issues in our modern society. It makes us ill, breaks our relationships, drives us to addiction and challenges the coping mechanisms of our emotional and psychological development that have not kept up with the pace of technology and communication in our electronically driven lives.
This is how I felt, until I walked into my first yoga class. Lying down on the mat was one of the most difficult and simultaneously most liberating moments of my life. It took me a while to understand that just lying and doing nothing, was in fact doing a whole lot. Except that I was doing something for myself, rather than for all the other demands on my time. And it was good: I had managed, at last, to stop. Just stop. And breathe.
Regardless of how you feel when you walk in, the aim of every yoga class is that you should feel better when you walk out.
Yoga is not really about the physical, the workout, the body working. Yoga is about becoming quietly observant, about using the movement of the body to access the calming of the mind. Yoga is about using the breath to let go of what we are holding on to so tightly, that our shoulders and hips seize up, our spines slip out of line and our heads and necks ache with the stress of holding on and trying to cope.
One of the main benefits of practicing yoga is that it shifts and removes blockages in the body and the mind. The movement instigated through the stretches, twists, bends and balances of yoga helps to move stagnant fluid, stuck energy and bogged down mind processes.
Your digestive, synovial, lymphatic, pulmonary, spinal, cerebral and all other fluids will get a nudge to move around, releasing toxins and getting rid of blockages.
Every muscle, tendon, ligament, joint and fiber of your body will be engaged and moved.
You will breathe in slowly, deeply and fully. You will exhale toxins, chemicals, negative emotions and tension.
Yoga is about wellbeing. It will teach you to live in your body with ease. It will help you to accept the beauty and brilliance of who and what you are.
It will make you feel light, buoyant and healthy.
You should be feeling great today! Have you had your yoga fix yet? Now is the time to book into a class and to start reaping the benefits.
The opportunities are endless. Your ability to hande stress is not. Please take care of yourself, relax and breathe. No one else will do it for you!