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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Balance your body after indulging

"This yoga is not possible, for the one who eats too much, or who does not eat at all; who sleeps too much, or who keeps awake."  ~Bhagavad Gita~

If you're a typical person, you ate too much, exercised very little, and may have been a wee bit stressed with the hoopla involved in the holiday last week.  This is a wonderful time of year and spending quality time with family and friends is what life is all about.  It's just that sometimes, this fantastic time we're having can leave us feeling empty and worn down as the build up of excess stress, toxins, and absolute junk start to accumulate in our bodies. 

Instead of worrying or judging ourselves, let's shift our focus to making positive choices that will rid our bodies of this excess holiday baggage.  Setting an intention and making mindful choices will serve us better and allow us to start fresh and get our heads straight before we enter down the path of continuing these patterns through the first of the year.  

A balanced body is a key component in attaining a strong focused mind (which is the point of yoga).  With everything in life, there is a dynamic pulsation of opposites which brings the universe into balance.  There is the polarity of opposites between the sun and the moon, the light and the dark, as well as stillness and talking, just to name a few.  Our bodies correspond with this pulsation of opposites with each breath we take.  When we excessively eat, consume alcohol, sleep very little, or are in highly stressful situations, this throws us completely out of whack.

Our amazing bodies seek to be healthy and seek to reach their optimal blueprint when it comes to healing and returning to a place where they are grounded and strong.  You however, have the ability to ease this process along by giving your body a helping hand as you restore yourself back to your pre-holiday grandeur. 

Reclaim the balance in your life by eliminating the junk from your diet and make it your goal to eat as close to nature as possible.  Whole foods provide sustenance which will nourish your body, mind, and soul.  Stoke your metabolism with brisk daily walks or participate in any exercise which results in your heart rate remaining elevated for at least 30 minutes a day.  Practice Yoga daily and integrate pranayama (breathwork) which will both ground you and help balance your bodily systems.

Breathwork is always important and a vital component to Yoga, however during this time of year, it may be even more critical in helping you find peace amidst all the busyness that occurs this time of year. 

One of my favorite types of breathwork is Nadi Shadhona.  Nadi Shodhana means channel cleaning as it calms the mind, soothes anxiety, balances both hemispheres of the brain and helps to promote clear thinking.  Listed below is a brief description of how to do Nadi Shadhona:

Begin by finding yourself a comfortable seated position where the spine is straight .  Hold your right hand up and curl your index and middle fingers toward your palm. Place your thumb next to your right nostril and your ring finger and pinky by your left. Close the right nostril by pressing gently against it with your thumb and inhale through the left nostril. The breath should be slow, steady and full.
  • Now close the left nostril by pressing gently against it with your ring finger and pinky and open your right nostril by relaxing your thumb and exhale fully with a slow and steady breath.
  • Inhale through the right nostril, close it, and then exhale through the left nostril.
That's one complete round of Nadi Shodhana.
  • Inhale through the left
  • Exhale through the right
  • Inhale through the right nostril
  • Exhale through the left
Begin with 5-10 rounds and add more as you feel ready. Remember to keep your breathing slow, easy and full.

You can do this breathwork just about any time and anywhere. Try it as a warm-up before meditation in order to help calm the mind or do it as part of your centering before beginning an asana practice. Nadi Shodhana can also be practiced anytime throughout your day to help control stress and anxiety. If you start to feel disconnected or anxious, 10 or so rounds will ground you, balance you and will help calm you down.  Try it for yourself and see benefits! 
Upside Down and Inside Out.  Explore your life in any given moment Upside Down and from the Inside Out.  Namaste'.

Amy Fecher RYT

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Practice Yoga - Open Level Power Vinyasa - Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:15 PM

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