It’s 07:45 on Monday morning and I’m a world away from www.theyogaclubuk.com and stretching it out on my yoga mat. I’m already in my other life. When I’m not bare foot and in leggings I’m wearing make-up and rocking it in the corporate world. When I’m not teaching yoga I’m implementing change in a financial services environment. The two worlds really are polar opposites, but that’s maybe a subject for another blog.
My yoga partner, Laura Brady, will tell you I am something of a social media Luddite but I do like the hashtag #yogaeverydamnday because that really is what The Yoga Club is all about – relaxed, friendly yoga in and around Milton Keynes; accessible and flexible community yoga.
But surely it’s not possible to do yoga every day? Yes it is, and I do, in one form or another.
Yoga is not about throwing fancy shapes and looking fab in Lycra. It’s far more than that; it’s about about how you approach your life and engage with the world. And no I’m not talking about drinking gallons of green juice and eating chickpeas whilst om’ing at anyone that’ll listen to you. Well you can if you want to but it’s not strictly necessary.
Today I want to talk about the use of breath to improve your mental & physical state, lower your heart rate & improve your ability to focus – you’ll be surprised how much the breath can affect your health.
When I feel beside myself, distracted or anxious I take a moment to breathe consciously. It’s an easy practice and can be done anywhere without drawing attention to yourself.
This is one of the techniques I use:
Hopefully, you’ve got this far without being interrupted but if not just restart the process when you get the chance or feel the need.
Now back to looking at that screen:-
What has the rest of the office been up to whilst all this has been going on? Have they clocked what I’ve been up to? NO, clearly I’ve been deep in thought and catching up on my e-mails 🙂
Now I feel ready to face my day in the corporate world and I’ve done a short yoga practice.
I hope you find this technique useful. Let me know how you get on at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time, happy breathing!