GL Gets Fit #83 {emotions}

technology rocks. seriously.: Back to School- Part 2: Your Attitude Determines Your Direction FREE Printable: 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.

adho mukha virasana - Kneel on the floor, toes together, knees apart. Extend the torso forward, extend the arms forward.:

Calming Yoga Poses - Child's Pose: Kneel on a mat with your big toes touching and knees about hip-width apart. Sit on your heels. Lay your torso between your thighs and bring your forehead to the mat. Extend your arms straight in front of you, palms on floor. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Stay here for at least one minute.:


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