Yoga for tough times

FullSizeRender (2)When times get tough, sometimes it’s best to go within.  Take time for yourself so that you can gather your wits, piece yourself back together, and find a toughness to match your circumstances.  The clouds pass and the sun will shine again.

Here’s how to do this with your yoga practice-

First, find a quiet place where you can either be alone or with a like-minded partner.  Turn on some music.  Find one or two relaxing songs followed by a few ass-kicking ones.

Calm yourself.  Sit tall.  Breathe deep.  Feel your spine extra long and strong as it will carry you forward.  Feel your shoulders low and heavy, giving your mind space and adding strength to your armor.

Second, take time for those favorite poses.  Ones that always make you feel good without extolling much effort.  For me, it’s shoulder and heart opening to undo any bad posture from the day.  What are your go-to feel good ones?

Third, move through your warrior poses.  Warrior 1, 2, and 3.  See how steady and strong you can be while moving your body.  Allow yourself to get lost in the music and the poses.  Feel free to throw in a few other standing poses that feel good.  Don’t overthink it.

End your practice standing.  Focusing again your spine and shoulders.  Take deep breaths feeling yourself stronger, calmer, tougher, and ready for the world.  Be the fighter that you are.

Remember that life has it’s ups and downs.  Everyone feels it.  We practice flowing through the challenges in our yoga practice.  Without the challenges, we may not recognize the successes.  Sometimes we need the rain.

There’s a great song from called “Make it Rain” by Ed Sheeran (no, not THAT kind of shmoopy pop song, this one’s on the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Soundtrack) that says-

And the seas are full of water

That stops by the shore

Just like the riches of grandeur

Never reach the port

So let the clouds fill with thunderous applause

And let lightning be the veins

That fills the sky

With all that they can drop

When it’s time to make a change

Make it rain

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