Monday, April 30, 2012

Let's Unwind

 Are we able to unwind at home? I mean really unwind and let go or are we always on the line of ready to attack or to be on? I took a week off, a vacation. This decision was made after many hours of debating whether I should or should not go. The vacation was great, it is nice to blessed to have the freedom of getting away. I thought just taking a weekend here and there was sufficient, but on the fifth day, I realized that a week or more is a must.

I love vacations or even full days off away from my apartment because; I can take the time for a full 2 or 3-hour practice. When at home, I seem to be on the line of “attack”; thinking of the scheduling and studio stuff, when will I be able to cook meals, what should I get at the grocery store and which store to go to, and when should I be doing a practice and my prayers.  But while away, the 3 hours of practice and resting by the pool lets me observe how much tension I have been holding in my body. As the days went, I felt my knots loosening, and feeling the energy channels I speak about in class opening. It’s like the body and soul have new life. I talk about finding balance, finding ways to be conscious during our days and nights to let go of tension, and I feel I do a pretty good job. However allowing myself this time to fully unwind, I know I still have a lot of work to do, and I own a yoga studio. There isn’t supposed to be stress in that, however there is.  My typical day consists of: deep breathing throughout the day and I start and end my day with meditation or a deep relaxation technique. It is a practice and it does take time, but if one is persistence they will reap the benefits.   

This tension that I felt be present in the body and felt naturally let go gives me compassion on the my old co-workers and all New Yorkers. I remember the lifestyle in Advertising: with the long hours, bad diet, and constant stress of deadlines.  When I started doing yoga I realized the importance of space to do a daily, midday practice. I would reserve a conference room and do 30 minutes of pranayama and asana.  I share this example because it is possible to find the time if one truly wants to have less tension and more peace in ones life. It is up to our own individual selves to better understand how we can attain this feeling of peace through letting go and making time for ourselves and our bigger purpose in life.  

CHALLENGE: This week, for one week, allot yourself  5 minutes, 3 times a day to sit and be in full observation of your body while you breath. Guide your breath to every part of your body and see where there is tension. Try to relax this area of the body by breathing deeply, slowly while you focus on that part of the body.  Share your observations with me on our facebook page. I feel many of you will feel something in just a week.  HINT: Set a timer so you don’t have to keep checking the time, if 5 minutes seems like a lot, start with 1 minute and work your way up.

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