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I don’t think the urge to reorganize is simply about discharging excessive energy or agitation. Rather, it is actually a response to an internal demand for recalibration or adaptation. When there is an internal demand to do things differently, acting out that demand in the external world helps us to prepare for the more challenging internal work.
In the best of times, mantra is a powerful practice for maintaining inner peace and dealing with the ups and downs of life. In challenging times, mantra becomes essential for both inner and outer stability.
Yoga Tools for Anxiety - Podcast! By Kristine Kaoverii Weber | April 22, 2020 COMMENTS Last week I had a chance to (virtually) sit down with my friend Mado Hesselink of The Yoga Teacher Resource Podcast and talk about the rise in anxiety during these difficult times...
“I can certainly give you some herbs,” she said. “But adrenal fatigue is real,” she gave me a close-up “tsk-tsk” face on Zoom. “You really need to rest.” When I told her I also need to work she said, “Okay, well, while we are all social isolating, you can use this time to work 25 percent of the time and rest 75 percent.”
There’s always yoga – but sometimes it doesn’t work as well as I’d like it to.
So I remind myself that in extraordinary times it is normal to feel extraordinarily out of whack (I panicked a bit when I saw the zucchini basket was empty at the supermarket and I vacuumed my garage this week…twice).
This morning, as I was thinking about writing this blog and how I’ve recently fielded many requests for yoga to help improve immunity I realized that yes, I can suggest 3 poses for greater immunity, no problem.
Legs up the wall, Śavāsana, Yoga nidra, Restorative, Yin – these practices all have their place and their benefits, but you cannot make the assumption that they will sit well with everyone when they’re feeling stressed or anxious. For some people, they will simply exacerbate their symptoms – particularly if they are the first, or only thing you do in a class.
Yesterday, a student from a nearby city emailed me to let me know that she wouldn’t be attending my workshop this coming weekend because she’s a social worker and her agency is prohibiting all employees from traveling. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency yesterday so it’s gettin’ real around here. I also read this article and thought, wow, there’s a real potential that yoga studios and other venues are going to have to close for a while. So, let’s problem-solve how you and your yoga teaching can survive this pandemic!
The answer (which you may or may not feel enthusiastic about) is digital. But don’t stop reading this! I assure you it’s not as hard as it sounds.
I have an empathic friend, I’ll call Lisa, who’s been teaching yoga for many years. Recently she told me that she frequently attends large family gatherings and while it’s fun catching up with her relatives, underneath the celebratory mood she often senses some deep currents of pain and sadness.
“I come from an extended family full of alcoholism, but most of my relatives are in recovery,” she explained. “So, while it’s a lot of fun to see everyone, and there’s so much hope, there’s also a lot of pain. And it’s weird because I feel like it’s deeper than my living relatives, like we are somehow carrying the pain of our ancestors.”
People freak out when they feel like they’re not in control – and this virus is nowhere near controlled. A woman on TV from the CDC says that everyone needs to wash their hands a lot and that will eliminate 50-60% of the risk. But I wish they would tell folks to do some basic yogic/Ayurvedic routines as well.
Even though we don’t have a CDC microphone to get the word out, at least we can share these simple tips with our students.
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