During this month together we’ll focus on developing home/office/travel practices that will keep you mindful, grateful, spiritually connected and hopefully physically active too during what can be a stressful start to summer – Transfer Season. Whether you’re coming, leaving, vacationing or staying there is some form of anxiety, sense of loss and maybe even sadness that comes with this time of year in the Expat’s Life. Our minds can be moving in what feels like a zillion directions at the same time. Let’s dive into a few tips to help you keep your wits with yoga!
- Breathe – Yes, I said it again. And, I’ll likely say it again and again because your breath is your greatest natural tool to reduce and manage the way your body handles stress — both positive and trans-formative (you notice I didn’t say negative) stress.
- Meditation – I’ve heard people say they don’t know how or that they’re not good at meditation. Here’s the thing, none of us know what we’re doing or are good at it until we start practicing. Mediation is definitely one of those skills that must be practiced to be learned. It requires more doing than trying – sit, let the mind stray and bring it back into focus – over and over again. In doing, you’re training your mind to come back to neutral; to come back into focus; to come back into peace. The chattering mind is normal, but in meditation we learn to disengage. How? Here are a few ways that work for me:
- Take slow inhales and exhales through the nose and count your breaths – 1, 2, 3, 4 inhale and 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 exhale;
- Repeat a short inspirational mantra, over and over again to yourself. I AM _____ statements work well too;
- With closed eyes, move your eyes focus to your third eye Chakra (about a fingers length above the space between your eyebrows) and visualize your a place that brings you peace.
- Connect to your Spiritual Center: Your Higher Power – This will be very different for everyone, especially dependent on your individual religion, however here are a few ideas; find a local church to try out, prayer, journaling, practice a sacred ritual, divination, gardening or enjoy natures silence.
- Connect to your Body – This is listed last, but is in no way least important. Spend time with your physical body. Many of the postures from class can be practiced in any room of your home for 15-30 minutes minimum. You’re guaranteed to feel great afterwards.
- Make a conscious effort to stay connected to the people with whom you’ve worked to built relationships. Sometimes Facebook doesn’t seem personal enough so consider sending a handwritten note or an individual email to continue your friendly dialog and sharing of your personal moments. If your friends are local, schedule time to sit and connect in person. These connections are rejuvenating to our spirits.