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I was living in San Francisco. After hanging up the phone I kept crying with grief off and on all afternoon. I remember clearly what happened later that day.
My then boyfriend, now husband, sat down next to me on the edge of the bed in the light filled room. He said, he had a romantic plan all lined up. But since I was so sad, crying with grief, he decided to scrap the plan and try to cheer me up now. He handed me a small box. I opened the box and inside it was an engagement ring. I burst out crying once again. For a moment he may not have thought it was the right thing to have done. However this time my tears were tears of joy. I was not crying with grief. I gave him a great big embrace.
I have learned from the teachings of my guru Paramhansa Yogananda that normal life is a life of duality; hot and cold, light and dark, pain and happiness. When you can live squarely in the center of these opposites, in full awareness of opposing emotions, feeling them both but not being highjacked by either, you are moving into the realm of self-realization.
I don’t claim to be living in that space 24/7. In fact sometimes I find it harder to be there when life is not so extreme. When life is so-so, you can get through each day unchallenged. Your habits take over most of what you do. However, unless you are among the few who has carved out habit after habit of clean living, healthy relationships and spiritual practices such as meditation, your habits ultimately will take you in the wrong direction.
Grief is an emotion to be in, move through and to sometimes remember. Though you are meant to grieve, you were not meant to stay stuck in grief. While mourning you can still have happiness in your life. While crying with grief you can still smile with joy. You can be in all honesty experiencing two opposing emotions at once. How long your grieving process will take cannot be quantified. The process will take whatever time it needs.
My yoga practice has been my rock through difficult times. Last year alone, three members of my family died. Sometimes my practice is long. Sometimes it is short. But I do practice. I also know from the yoga teachings that community and mentors are important to help you get through the rough times and move forward during the good times. This has been true for me.
MOVE: When you are wanting to be inward, practice child’s pose. You can modify and use props as needed so that your body will be comfortable and relaxed in the pose. You can even sit in a chair with one or more pillows on your lap. Lean forward and rest on the pillows.
To feel more expansive practice chest expander. Either variation of the pose pictured above will work.
BREATHE: Deep breathing is probably the single best yoga practice for grieving. Full Yogic breathing is recommended as is blowing breath, sighing breath (just like it sounds, let out deep sighs) and lengthening your exhalation. Here is a video practice for deep belly breathing.
CENTER: Sit tall and relaxed. Take a few breaths. Acknowledge your sadness. Be ok with it. Then practice gratitude. Think of all that you are grateful for. Listen to my short 3 minute talk on the benefits of practicing gratitude here.
COMMUNITY: Having a community of support is important. Also give yourself some time alone. Find your own balance between being with others and being by yourself. If you would like an online supportive community, come hang out with us in the Stress Free Zone, a private Facebook Group. We keep our posts positive in the group. It is ok to reach out for support, by saying something like “Hi tribe. I could use some virtual hugs today. I am feeling grief.” Keep brief without the details. You will find support. And when you read others posts, support them if for no other reason than it will make you feel better. Click here and ask to join the Stress Free Zone.
If you need more support a yoga therapist or other trained medical professional can help you. Do not hesitate to reach out for medical help if you think you might need it. Click here for online yoga therapy sessions with me.
So whether you find yourself crying with grief or smiling with joy, take a deep breath, move, breathe and center. I hope to see you in the Stress Free Zone.
What has helped you deal with grief? Let me know in the comments below.
Take a quick moment to breathe with me as I send you love and joy.
Feel nourished by the ground beneath you. Receive Love. Receive Joy.
What does the world need more of right now?
Love and Joy.
What do we all need right now?
Love and Joy.
Come Breathe with me as I send you waves of Love and Joy.
Joy to you!
Have a wonderful day.
We pound them on the ground, we enclose them and tie them up and we expect them to hold us up and get us where we want to go. It’s real easy to take our feet for granted – until they hurt.
My family has been having foot issues lately – like broken toes, plantar fasciitis and other foot pain. I leave the care for broken toes to the medical doctors. However basic aches and pains can be effectively helped through simple 2 Minute Yoga moves. You still may need to see a heath care provider, but the following simple practice is helpful for most foot conditions.
These 2 Minute Yoga Moves are especially good at preventing foot issues. So, please start practicing them today!
Even NASA is interested in comfort food.
I wasn’t surprised by the findings of the NASA funded research reported in the The New York Times article ‘The Myth of Comfort Food.” Having had a long and changing relationship with comfort food, I did not expect to find it to have a significant effect on mood elevation.
I was however, sorry to see that one of my favorite comfort foods,mashed potatoes, were excluded from the study for logistical reasons.
My understanding is that the phenomenon of comfort food is complex, often tying together, memories, emotions, hormonal triggers and physical addictions. And except for a temporary respite from negative emotions, I never saw comfort food as a solution. I view it more as a behavior one mistakenly does. More often than not, I believe it actually can make maters worse.
The occasional indulgence of reasonable amounts of comfort food is not an issue. However, as reported most people don’t choose foods like celery: “… the celery-stalk-as-comfort-food fan club is decidedly under populated.” The not so nutritious refined carbohydrate and high fat content choices, are more typical.
To change a behavior and replace it with a healthier option – in this case healthier ways to find comfort when needed – one needs to unravel the complex reasons of why we over- indulge. Here is how 2 Minute Yoga can help.
A 2 Minute Yoga key practice is observing without judgment.
This practice allows us to see more clearly what we are doing and why we are doing it. Then we can make informed choices about how to change and achieve our desired results.
The next time you reach for the comfort food (unless it is celery), observe and ask yourself the following 6 essential questions:
This understanding will put you leaps and bounds ahead of any efforts you may be making to change overeating/overindulging habits. Your other 2 Minute Yoga practices of breathing, meditating and energizing can then help you take the next important steps. Then comfort foods can be a choice not a habit, craving or love-hate relationship.
What is your favorite comfort food? Please share in the comments below!
Has this happened to you? Someone says “Just relax!” and you tense up even more! It’s one of those easy off the cuff admonitions that others offer in the form of advice and “help”. But it’s just idle words when we don’t know how to relax – especially in tense, uncomfortable, stressful and painful situations.
There are plenty of techniques out there for “peace of mind” and “stress reduction”, but if it were so easy, stress wouldn’t be the big health crisis that it is today. 60 – 90% of visits to health care providers are stress-related!
I used to have stress related stomachaches and back pain until I learned a simple yoga breathing technique. It was like magic and my stomachaches and stress related pains went a way! However, it wasn’t a simple wave of the wand or a one-time practice of the technique that made it disappear. There was a process to it.
The process and the unique ways that I applied the simple breathing technique is what made all of the difference and is what I will be sharing in the upcoming free webinar I am offering “Relax and Feel Peace of Mind”. I will show how it totally changed my life and how you can learn to
To register, click here. You will receive a “Relax and Feel Peace of Mind Worksheet” to use during the webinar.
What’s you biggest stress trigger? Let me know in the comments below.
Wow and I thought the new “not improved” smaller, closer together airplane seats were simply an uncomfortable nuisance. However, according to a New York Times article, The Problem with Reclining Airplane Seat Design, they potentially can cause some serious health consequences! And that’s not to mention the uptick in passengers fighting over reclining seats which has caused a few flights into forced landings!
Research shows that the affect of sitting so close together with so little room to move can cause everything from an increased risk of catching flus and colds to “hot spots” – precursors to bed sores – and to blood clots!
2 Minute Yoga© tips to help you
Read p. 64 Seated Deep Belly Breathing in your The 2 Minute Yoga Solution© book or to get your copy click here.
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Read Chapter 12 for travel tips in your The 2 Minute Yoga Solution© book or to get your copy click here.
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When you are in your seat and have no room to move, do the tensing and releasing yoga based on Paramhansa Yogananda’s Energization Exercises (we learn these fully in 2 Minute Yoga Energy). Any moving is beneficial.
Watch free 2 Minute Yoga captured live on the airplane on Ustream TV click here
Read p.75 Watch the Breath in your The 2 Minute Yoga Solution © book or to get your copy click here.
Watch free on 2 Minute Yoga Ustream TV click here
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Like it or not, even if you run, or work-out, sitting for prolonged periods of time is worse for your health than smoking!! In the last couple of years there has been mounting evidence that sitting for prolong periods of time increases one’s risk for diabetes, heart disease and even some cancers. This holds true even for people who do exercise such as running regularly!
There is something about the physiological changes that occur with prolonged sitting that increases one’s probability for contracting some diseases as well as lowering life span. The new statistics show that prolonged sitting is actually more dangerous than smoking!
2 Minute Yoga to the rescue! If you ever needed a good reason to take short yoga breaks through out the day, this sounds like one to me. Researchers have not come up with a specific recommendation for how often one should take a break nor how long the break should be. We just know the old saying “move it or loose it” is taking on a more serious tone than ever before.
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