One reason that yoga feels so good is that through the combination of stretching and strengthening our muscles and calm, even breathing, it activates our parasympathetic nervous system. In turn, we slow down which boosts our immunity and steadies our blood pressure. It can even help us to sleep better. The poses that help the most are those that encourage deep relaxation. If you tend to want to rush through your postures, try slowing it down a bit and hold them longer feeling supported by the breath. This is a great way to spend a lunch break and a great afternoon.
If you are exploring a “yogic” lifestyle, you can read and study about the subject but it’s the direct experience and repetition that teaches us the most. Perhaps look at the repetition (i.e. attending a weekly class) like your own personal weekly re-treat.
Our yoga practice encourages us to explore our inner terrain, not only during our weekly class but daily (and often!). Here’s a book that I’d recommend about exploring our inner world: Tapping the Source by William Gladstone, Richard Greninger and John Selby. A nice one to add to the New Year reading list!
The New Year offers us a chance to align our actions with our deepest desires. For example, we may think that a lack of time prevents us from including yoga in our daily lives…in reality, it’s often the distraction of our emotions, negative thought patterns or prioritizing our time poorly that holds us back. Try one of these:
A Yen for Yoga
Yoga strengthens the mind and body, but sometimes the stress of daily life challenges our momentum. We hope this page inspires you and keeps you moving!