Ask 8 different people what yoga is and you will get 8 different answers. Yoga, to me, is…
A Moment to Breath,
A Moment to Move,
A Moment to Ground into Myself.
Basically, I have found that yoga supports a space between myself and my thoughts. Through mindful breathing and movement, yoga helps to clear a space for me to connect to the part of me that is able to respond instead of react. In this space I connect to self-respect and my respect for others.
Respect (n): a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
For example: Think of a time you were tired, overwhelmed, maybe you were running late, the dog made a mess on the carpet, and you couldn’t find your keys. Then your spouse, child, or someone you love asks you for something but it’s something they could easily do themselves.
If you’re like me, you can become frustrated and more likely to snap and say something hurtful or at the very least, something rude. It is at these times that I’m extremely grateful for my yoga practice.
Yoga helps me to take that moment…
To Ground Myself,
To Connect to Myself,
so I can respond instead of react.
Doesn’t that sound great? Keep reading for a few simple ways that help me find my pause.
Connecting to your breath is powerful. Science has shown that breathing deeply helps to activate your parasympathetic nervous system and in turn, initiate your body’s own relaxation response.
If you prefer guided breath exercises, check this out!
Movement that helps you create space in your body for breath.
Yes, you can attend your regularly scheduled yoga session, but here are some of my go-to poses for when you just can’t make class.
Finding your pause takes work, but the payoff is worth it. In addition to traditional classes (which are a great way to take a moment), I encourage you to explore these suggestions. The next time you’re in an overwhelming situation, notice if you are more able to take a moment to choose your response instead of letting your reaction choose itself.
Interested in mastering this yoga practice? Join Tammy on Mondays at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 9:00am for group yoga. Prefer a private session? Schedule with her here.
Tammy Snyder is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Her goal is to bring awareness to the fact that anyone can do and benefit from yoga, no matter the age, shape, size, or disability. Due to her own personal body shape and size, she has an insight and compassion for those with similar physical attributes. The power of yoga and conscious breath is not only used on the mat but can also be used in everyday situations to help control stress and anxiety.