Feeling, Yoga

Yoga Makes It Better

October 15, 2012

Coming back from a trip is hard – there’s going back to work, getting back into a routine, catching up on sleep, eating better again and tiredness. It’s as if you’re running running running and bam you hit a wall. Even if it’s a relaxing trip. You’re thrown out of the vacation mindset and back to the real world.

It’s quite jarring.

That was the experience of my day. Happy to be alone, I made my way into work and started with email. I knew the moon was void of course but today it was more dream-land wasted time than tying up loose ends. My meeting was enjoyable but my conference call, smack in the middle of the day, was a slog. I won’t even go into my opinions about meetings in general suffice to say this one supported all of my reasons. It sucked up any energy I had left.

Even driving home felt confusing and tiring. Walking the dog and talking to my mom didn’t help either. I decided the only available course was yoga. It was a perfect time to test out my theory of showing up for the experience. That the act of doing yoga, the practice, is what will nourish and support me.

It worked. I did a 30min Anusara class via my YogaToday membership. Neesha is my favorite instructor and her information about energy (prana) getting stuck up in our bodies while we travel, not flowing down and out and creating that racing mind were all spot on. She even mentioned slowed bowel issues when traveling which was a negative point of my weekend trip. Amazingly helpful, the class was relaxing – like someone ironed out my kinks.

I’m not 100% back yet, but I’m getting there. Taking it as slow as I need.

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  • Reply crpeterson October 16, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I love that you are so into yoga, I just cannot get there. I have tried so many different classes/instructors/styles of yoga and I really dislike it! People swear by it though, maybe someday… :p

    • Reply justine October 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      I actually have a serious problem with GETTING myself to do yoga – but once I’m there, on the mat and doing it, I feel so much better. It brings up a lot of anxiety and panic for me… I don’t know why. It’s totally cool if it’s not your thing. I hate Pilates 🙂

      • Reply crpeterson October 18, 2012 at 5:20 am

        I think that’s why I can’t get into it, I don’t like sitting still with my thoughts and just breathing quietly for an hour haha!! Sometimes it can be scary 😉

        • Reply justine October 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm

          I got into it via Ashtanga because it’s very type-A, athletic – you’re so busy breathing and doing yoga push-ups your brain just goes off-line haha. But for me, it’s always about the TEACHER and what they’re saying (mostly in terms of self-love) that makes it for me.

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