It’s universally acknowledged, that life feels too busy these days. While technology, growth, and progress are the way of the world, the acceleration of the daily pace of life can be exhausting. Between work, family, and fun, we’re often juggling a zillion tasks a day in order to “get it all done” or check off the boxes on our to-do lists.
Slow down for a moment and see how you feel right now. Are you peaceful, joyous, and focused or frazzled?
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra1.2, Citta Vritti Nirodha, is the premise around which the entire Yoga Sutras are built. Yoga is all about calming the fluctuations of the mind or about learning to direct your attention where you want it to go. In our daily life, if we are slaves to the cult of “busy,” we’re at the mercy of distractions and lack of focus.
Stepping onto your yoga mat is the first phase of eliminating distractions and slowing down those crazy thoughts careening around in your head. When you can slow down and leave the rest of the day behind for even a little while, you’re refilling your well and soothing your nervous system.
Depending upon where you live, you’re probably experiencing a different level of speed. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere and school’s out for summer, life might feel more energetic and social. Slowing down for your yoga practice will help you reset and restore and enjoy the longer days.
If you’re on the other side of the world, hunkered down for winter, your days are shorter and the evenings are longer. A slow practice complements this more internally focused time of year and aligns how you are feeling with the season.
Regardless of where you are, your yoga practice can create balance.
This week’s classes will help you focus on what’s important to you and refresh your state of mind.
1. Elise Fabricant - Therapeutic Ball Rolling
2. Jackie Casal Mahrou - Slow Yoga Reset (FREE class)
3. Shy Sayar - Water Flow Yoga
4. Caitlin Rose Keney - Yin Yoga for Stress Relief
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