Archive for the ‘relaxation’ Tag

Rising Back to the Surface

So I’ve been away from writing for a while…many reasons, perhaps all good, perhaps not. One truly good reason is that I’ve been practicing and teaching a lot of yoga, and I recently completed a year-long advanced teacher training (RYT-500). It was a richly rewarding experience, as much for deepened friendships as for the actual training. Both have added much to my life and to my yoga teaching.

Perhaps going forward, this blog could be more about what’s on my mind and less about “writing an essay.” I’ve sometimes wondered whether I started the blog because I had a few things on my mind, and once written down, that was that, no further need for the blog. Hmmm.  We shall see!

As for what’s on my mind this week — relaxation. One of the great gifts of yoga is that we learn to tune into the body and breath. We find out that true relaxation isn’t sitting on the couch with a bag of chips, isn’t reading a book, isn’t playing a game of [choose your sport]. What if you learned how to position your body in exactly the right way so that you could breathe fully and easily, and so that there was no compression or tension in your body at all? So that you could simply BE? This week I’ve been playing with my favorite ways of using various props (I love props!) to find the most supportive set-up for the body. I think I’ve got it! When you find the sweet spot for physical comfort and easy breathing, you relax into a blissful, gauze-y haze, and when it’s time to come out, your mind really resists rising back up to the surface. It isn’t sleep. It’s something else entirely, and it’s delicious. When you do rise back up, you feel softer, a little melt-y. It’s a little easier to go about in the world. You’re a little nicer to the cat.

If you’re curious and would like to give this relaxation thing a try — I’m teaching a one-hour class on exactly that this Friday night at the Yoga Center of Columbia, 6:45-7:45pm. Subsequent offerings will be on February 28 and March 28, same time.

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. –George Washington Carver

View my complete schedule of classes at the Yoga Center of Columbia!