These days, I am stunningly aware of the importance of my yoga practices. For myself. For my family. For the world. There are those days that I feel like I am just doing the practice for myself. Just barely making it to my mat or cushion, so that I can feel less anxious, less stressed, less grumpy, whatever it is. But, it is always more than that. Each and every time I practice asana and meditation, there is a shift toward a better state. Something in my that was contracted expands, and there is just a bit more space for light to come through me for myself, for my family, for my community.
As we enter this paradoxical time of the holiday season in the midst of world tragedy, remember that each of us has a role in bringing more light into the world. Practicing yoga is way of creating change, a real and potent way in which each of us shifts our own consciousness toward the light and creates the possibility for more light and peace in the world.
For the past several years, I have chosen as my teaching focus around the holiday time the teachings of the Brahma Viharas, literally, the Heavenly Abodes, the 4 sublime states that are upheld in the Yoga and Buddhist Traditions. These are:
Maitri – friendliness and loving-kindness
Who could use some visual reminders about how to stay healthy at work and school? Me! We are living in a culture that is hyper-focused on productivity at the expense of balance and sanity. The American lifestyle is becoming increasingly sedentary which is leading to huge health problems: obesity, diabetes, anxiety, depression, low back pain, neck pain, and the list goes on. Maybe you’ve heard the line: Sitting is the new smoking.
What does your work or school day look like Are your habits supporting your well-being?
Time for some self-inquiry:
To help my family and your family cultivate healthier habits during the work/school week, I have created two downloadable tip sheets:
Healthier Habits for Work – 5 Great Tips for balance at work. Plus, Carl Dawson's Chair Yoga
Healthy Lunches for Work and School… How to make a mason jar salad and ideas for thermos lunches
Print some off for yourself, for your friends and colleagues or for your kids!
And, for more healthy habits, check out my 10 Weeks to Vibrant Living Course.
To your health!
Annie Barrett. Educator, certified health coach, educator and yoga instructor.