As always this week’s intention has arisen from conversations I have had with a few close friends, along with my own personal emotions, circumstances and situations that are presenting right now.
I’ve been feeling a little stressed, overwhelmed and anxious lately. I couldn’t even tell you why. There is no one thing I can pin-point as the cause of these feelings – tiredness, a hectic schedule, my general persona?! It feels as if my nervous system is in a constant state of fight or flight! This can be frustrating and difficult to admit when you’re meant to be an all-zen, chilled yogini! (NB: the irony is that one of my biggest fears is admitting to others that I feel anxious/fearful! The other is spiders. I’m terrified of spiders).
The amazing thing is that yoga not only teaches us how to recognise our feelings, but helps us to understand that ultimately those feelings aren’t actually real (they are constructed in our wonderful monkey minds). Our practice also provides us with the tools to help us feel calmer, clearer, more confident, courageous, and empowered so that we can be fearless and ready for anything.
When we approach our yoga practice, there can be things that we do on the mat that appear daunting at first, but with practice and patience much of it becomes accessible and easier for us. This is similar to how we approach certain things in our lives off the mat too. When we are feeling overwhelmed, we need to take small steps and deep breaths in order to begin to move beyond those feelings of stress, anxiety and fear.
See you there.