Every time you breathed your way through a long uncomfortable hold in chair pose, you’ve been practicing for this! 😂 You have what you need to skillfully navigate 🗺 uncertainty: the power of your attention, the control of your breath, and your ability to ground yourself. The trick is to remember to use those skills.
Trauma = stress + loss of agency. A fight or flight response with no chance to discharge and return to normal. No control. I like to imagine a wave that never had the chance to crash to shore. 🌊 Some serious pent-up energy.
So yes, there is much beyond our control in terms of mitigating the larger crisis. And also- there is so much you can choose to do! Discharge the stress with some bursts of energy. My niece and I had a “shake break” yesterday (courtesy of her 3rd grade teacher 🙌🏼) and shook all of our limbs one at a time. Then full body shake. Try it right now if you like! Or: jump rope, jumping jacks, foot stomping, run up and down your stairs. Shake it off. 💃💃💃 Other options you can choose for yourself: Reach out to friends. Choose to celebrate the movement and health of your body! Take a long slow exhale (or 10). Appreciate the miracle of your lungs. Choose to go slower and feel into the stuff you might often avoid. Choose to cook yourself a delicious meal and then savor it. Choose to not consume so much news.
Your response won’t always be perfect. Mine is a disaster at times. This is practice. This is yoga.
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This blog, together with the occasional newsletter, will be an active space to share thoughts about yoga on and off the mat. Please let me know what you like and what you'd like to see more of. And as always, thank you for the gift of teaching!