The other day I entered the practice room of a student of mine. She shared some ongoings of the week, and we set the intention for the session.
There she was standing on her Yoga mat, looking at me and starting her spontaneous, determined speech:
You know, Stef, what I all need to. I need to look good, keep a smile, drink a lot of water, sleep enough, carve out time for me, make time for my partner, be a loving mom, cook organic food, grow my patience, stay fit, relax.
She got faster with her words to finish her speech elegantly off with an imaginary shot in her head on the word relax.
We took a deep breath!
This current hot topic "self-care" in our modern world can bring up the opposite: feeling overwhelmed and depleted by the millions of demands and suggestions.
I've got two comments:
First, you can't "demand" self-care from you. Respect and compassion are crucial. It's WITH you.
With this foundation, you begin to explore you and learn what's best for you.
My current power juice is water, sleep (if not my five-year-old sweet boy takes it lovingly from me), and it's been my BREATH.
On a side note: I don't mention "food" here. I do my best to eat healthily. Yes! But my son and I, we're also total Pizza junkies.
Anyhow, coming back to the breath: It brings me to my Ashtanga Yoga practice.
Ashtanga Yoga's referred to as abreathing method, because you practice with a specific form of breath. You'll learn to use and value your breath with a positively beneficial impact on your life.
Why's that important?
Because many don't breathe properly. I see it through my work every day, and it's a scientific fact too— the natural breath's shallow; the inhale or the exhale fall short; sometimes there's even a suppression of breath.
The change of your natural breath happens unconsciously through the experiences life gave you. Essential's how you were able to digest them. Because if you don't, they stay in your body, create internal blocks and stop the flow of your breath.
Over time not breathing well causes your body pain, an unsteady mind hence anxiety, stress, weakness, a feeling of disconnection with your body, loneliness, insecurity.
It leads to unclarity and not knowing who you're and what's best for you.
Just a moment of a conscious breath can serve you with a different outlet. I'm inviting you with me now.
Step away from your screen, close your eyes and take a deep, deep breath.
Close your eyes!
Take a deep breath! In and out.
Close your eyes!
Your natural breath's given to you. It IS your life; it happens effortlessly and spontaneously.
Therefore, investing in your breath can help you in many ways. For example,
It cleanses your body and opens inner blockages. You'll establish a relationship with your body with acceptance and love.
Your vitality level rises, and your strength grows to incredible stamina. You endure disease, fatigue, and anxiety. You're well prepared for a fulfilled life.
Gradually your mind becomes steadier, which will help you to feel grounded, protected from outer influences and to stay on your game.
Saying that you'll also gain clarity on what's essential for you and clutter out all the rest; not only on the topic of self-care.
With that, you'll understand that a place of solitude is necessary and feeling alone's part of life sometimes.
Take another breath!
In the private sessions, I share simple and effective breathing exercises, that are easy to apply in daily life.
The specific breath used in the Ashtanga Yoga practice itself teaches you to breathe with awareness and depth.
It's a worthy and lifetime investment to focus on the quality of your breath.
I wonder if this could be a unique Christmas present for you to give: a Private Session for yourself, with your partner or best friend.
What do you say?
Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and let's talk about the possibilities. I'd be very grateful to hear from you.
Your breath's precious. You're too!
And, you've got this. Don't let the outer noise influence you.
With so much love and care.
P.S.: How did it feel to take a deep breath? Great? Nice! Do you want to explore your breath deeper? Send me an email to email@example.com. Forward this email to your partner, friend or colleague who may need an in- and exhale.
P.P.S.: In one of the private sessions the practitioner asked me if she was supposed to answer my emails. I was smiling at her lovingly. I assumed I don't write clearly enough (I'm working on that one :)). Yes, I look for an exchange. I'd love to connect. You're so welcome to reply with your share and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments below!