Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Just Breathe!

It has been a long time since I last took the time to write about my yoga and doctoral experience. It has been just that busy, or should I say overwhelming. I have always done a great job at balancing 1,000 things at a time. But lately my body has pushed back. When I want to stay up all night working on chapters two and three of my dissertation, looking for a home in new jersey, job searching, analyzing documents for an evaluation, or even getting on my yoga mat after I have taught yoga, my body says no. I have been beating myself up because I am not the young whipper snapper I used to be. When it gets like this, I try to go back to the basics. 

The first thing that I learned when I started practicing yoga, was just to breathe. Simple right. Inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth; open mouth exhale. This is how I begin each yoga session that I do alone, and how I begin each session with my students. 

Look at me just talking about my class, and I haven't even told yall that I received my yoga sculpt certification, and I teach classes at the Sports & Learning Complex on Mondays at 8:00pm and Saturdays at 8:00am.  (I promise to add a post about this soon.) 

We begin each class by inhaling from our core through our nose. I encourage my students to breathe into any space of tension, or just simply breathe positive energy into their bodies.  On each exhalation, I have my students release the tension they breathed into earlier, or any negative energy that they experienced that day, or week. 

You can use this same yogi-breath aka breathing technique through any situation in your life. When things get crazy, breathe into that space, and release it by exhaling. Now when I begin to feel overwhelmed, I breathe into that space, and exhale all the things I just can't handle at the moment.  Remember all you have to do in yoga and in life is just breathe. It reminds you to be grateful for you life. ~Namaste 

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