Hi Loves! In my time of doing yoga – I’m able to count the number of practices that got emotional. Its not good – its not bad – and somewhat common.
Last week was another crazy week and week end. But yesterday (Monday) I was feeling physically and mentally drained. Two back to back busy weekends out of town and work week in between just takes a toll. I was feeling emotional before I began. By that I mean I was just on edge, I was frustrated, angry, tired, sad, you know those low moments when you just want to crawl into bed and not come out for a while or eat a box of girl scout cookies!! (Guilty….but I was able to make it 2 days for a box not 1…)
Last night I did a 40 minute practice that was focused on self-care. It was raw, intense at times, and left me in a sweat but during those hard moments my foggy mind became clear. I was able to address a few situations I’d been struggling with for the past week and resolve them. So while I’m a little achy today because in my true fashion – I pushed few moves a little too much – it was totally worth it.
My mind is always racing – when I’m tired and running on fumes it goes into a frantic tailspin. I feel like my head is in flight or fight mode. The reason I reached out to yoga in December 2014 was to help with my anxiety. Its moments like last night when I was reminded how much I need it. Yoga helps me push the mute button on my brain, even for 20 minutes, or over an hour in some cases. When I push mute I am able to tune in to my body – notice how weak I still am but also how strong I’ve become. Afterwords, I’m able to clearly address some issues and do it in a calm manner. I know I randomly say it on here – but yoga has been my saving grace.
After being around friends that take anxiety or depression meds, I knew that I would do that if I had to but wanted to try something else first. A lot of anxiety research that I found explained that meditation and exercise can help…well yoga combines the two and it works for me. I know its not for everyone, but when you find what works for you and you see and feel results, it keeps you going. I cannot imagine life with out doing yoga for my head and my heart.
I’m leaving you with one of my favorite poses. Give it a try some time. Extended childs pose is great for my upper back, shoulders, and arms.