I’m not good with change. It’s interesting, I enjoy pushing the limits, I like trying new things and I change my environment (and my hairstyle) as often as I’m able. But notice how often I just referred to myself! I’m a control freak, and while I love the idea of change: I like it on my terms.
It stems from a family rooted in tradition, a grandma who lives 7 minutes away (5 in an emergency) and a deep love… deeper than any love or family that I know.
In retrospect, I am one of the best at change in my family. I face it head on and try to mentally formulate a plan… which usually ends up falling by the wayside after a few days or even hours (it’s the control freak in me, I try…).
Each person processes change differently. For example: my mom and my brother will stick their heels in the mud and refuse to change even as the world around the turns. It will take weeks and even months for them to truly settle into the new. My dad on the other hand will run full throttle into any new transition and forget to look both ways first. Somehow, I was split between these two: full fledged complete panic for 24-48 hours… and then I plan and charge ahead.
Change & life happen quickly and the best way I have found for dealing with any transition is to BREATHE!
In class this week, I spoke about the transition from the outside world to the studio. We always spend the first few moments on our mats releasing the outside world. We begin to let go of thinking and sink into feeling. The beginning of class always involves pranayama, or breath work. The easiest way to take your yoga off the mat and into the world is through our breath!
If you find yourself immersed in stress or going through transition and change, follow these simple steps:
1) Find a place to sit comfortably.
2) Close your eyes.
3) Begin to tune out the world around you. There may be many distractions but remember, peace does not come from a place of quiet… it comes from finding quiet among the chaos.
4) Inhale through the nose and feel the breath begin to fill your body. As you inhale, feel your chest expand and the breath begin to travel into your belly.
5) Take in one last sip of air and then hold your breath for a count of 5.
6) Slowly release the breath through you nose. This keeps the breath contained within the body and begins to build heat, or agni.
7) Continue this for 10-12 breaths or until your body begins to soften, your heart rate begins to slow and your breath comes back to the present moment.
Do you have any tricks to help ease stress or transition? I’d love your thoughts in the comments below!
Get out there–do yoga & make life sparkle!