In Every Moment (continued from December Newsletter) . . .
There may be times when coming to the Center to take a class is not assessable to you. This is where a home practice is essential. Even if you only take a few moments in the morning and evening to sit quietly, lingering in your breath, adding a few seated or reclining twists, you will find it helpful. Try to find ways to incorporate yoga into your daily routine. As you prepare food in the kitchen, stand tall in Tadasana, Mountain Pose, and even practice a few balance poses while holding onto the countertop. Seated at the table, use the back of the chair to help you move a little more deeply into a nice twist, releasing tension from your low back and shoulders. Stand away from the wall and lean slowly down into a forward fold to restore and renew. Remember to roll up slowly to receive the most benefit from this stress-reducing pose. If you have time, practice Viparita Karani, Legs Up the Wall, or take a modified Savasana, with your legs resting on a couch or chair. At night, do some reclining twists and Supta Baddha Konasana, Reclining Bound Angle Pose, before sleep. Remember to stay hydrated, drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
Most importantly, as you find yourself in stressful situations, take yourself back to your breath. Focusing on the slow inhale and exhale rhythm, remembering to linger just a little longer at the top and bottom of each breath will restore your inner peace and allow that peace to radiate out to others. And, after all, isn’t that what this season is supposed to be about?
Wishing you a safe and joyous season of love. wendy