I love that The Huffington Post dedicates an entire section to a healthy lifestyle and that the tag line for this section is “Less Stress, More Living.” I definitely need to incorporate that philosophy into my life a bit more these days.
As part of my effort to reduce stress in my life, I committed to a 30 day unlimited pass at a local yoga studio, Yoga Bhoga. I had high hopes. I absolutely loved the classes I took as I began the journey at the beginning of May. However, as luck would have it, a variety of reasons began to prevent me from keeping my month long commitment. I hate to refer to these hindrances as excuses, as the term simply makes me cringe. I suppose I suffered some setbacks in life, that prevented me from taking the steps I needed to take after work each day to get me to class.
Without going into incredibly gory detail about things – I ended up severely cutting my finger – ER visit and a cut all the way to the bone – this provided a huge roadblock to a variety of things in my daily routine. Boy, we certainly do use that opposable thumb (and entire hand) for a whole lot of things – grooming is one of those things with high importance! And, I have been battling a series of ear infections, cough and cold, which then developed into a full blown case of the flu. Yes, likely excuses and quite a sob story.
The purpose of my words today, though, has nothing to do with what holds me back though, but with how to propel myself forward – away from anxiety. AND, apparently there are 10 very specific yoga poses that can help me to do just that. Hooray!
As I scrolled through the slide show, the thought certainly occurred to me that a few of these poses have actually caused quite a bit of anxiety for me in my past attempts to “attain” them. I will shift my mindset, however, from here on out, and remind myself that, indeed, forcing myself into a headstand is CALMING my nerves!
Legs Up the Wall, though, will forever be a favorite stance of mine – whether it be a formal yoga move or not. It just feels pretty darn good.
It even sounds good.