“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott
Every time your tablet, phone, or computer fails to function properly, experts will advise you to flip the switch off and wait. Most times, that momentary unplugging fixes the issue. When you slow down and shift your focus inward, even for a short time, you’re refilling your well and benefiting your nervous system. Yoga is an incredible way to reset your mind, body, and spirit.
Simply by unrolling your mat for practice, you’re eliminating distractions and choosing self-care. All types of yoga will do the trick, but slower styles like Slow Flow, Yin, Gentle, and Restorative allow you to dive even deeper. Slower paced classes emphasize longer holds in postures, which gives you the opportunity to settle into stillness. When all you’re required to do is focus on your breath and experience how each shape feels, it’s easier to dig into your emotions and thoughts. You’ll have the time to sit with and process the feelings housed in your physical body.
A Slow Flow class might have half the poses of a Vinyasa Flow class. Yin and Restorative Yoga emphasize holding poses for longer periods, usually three to ten minutes per pose. If you’re accustomed to moving quickly or thrive in Power classes, you may find the pace challenging but you’ll develop more patience and clarity. These types of classes are excellent to cultivate mental discipline and prepare you for meditation. A slower yoga practice will help you find more mindfulness and aid you in savoring every day to the fullest.
The more stress you’re under, the more important it is to balance it out on the mat. If your day to day life feels like constant hustling and bustling, it’s probable that your adrenal glands are constantly overworked. So, instead of allowing your body to recuperate, you are in a steady state of “fight or flight mode.” Slower paced classes target your parasympathetic nervous system which helps you relax.
Take the time to try this week’s classes and see how calm and centered you feel!
Bite-Sized Yin - Elise Fabricant
Hip Opening Yoga Quickie - Jackie Casal Mahrou
Yin Yoga & Breath Work for Relaxation - Caitlin Rose Kenney
Mindful Motion for Healing - Shannon Paige
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