Wow, the Fall Colors finally popped! Walking along my road surrounded by oranges and yellows, I feel warm and secure. Which is helpful because it is a busy time of the year for this area and for many people. It is for for me personally. It's a good idea to practice calming activities. Here are some easy, relaxing things you can do (look below). Walking among the beautiful colors is a wonderful relaxing activity. Meditaing has helped me beyond belief.
We are past half way with Yoga for Every Body Teacher Training, having only three more weekends to go. Three beautiful women are becoming amazing yoga teachers. Soon it will be their turn to start teaching. Jamie and I are already planning a new course for the springtime. Let one of us know if you are interested. We would like to have between 4 and 8 students.
Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving,
Sandy Palmer, ERYT200
A Relaxing Way to Breathe
This type of breathing helps calm the mind. It works with the parasympatheticnervous system to relax you. We've been trying it at the beginning of savasana.
Breathe in to a slow count of 4
Hold your breath for the same slow count of 5
Exhale to the slow count of 6
Hold for the count of 7 (optional)
Repeat as many times as you like. Be careful you might fall asleep.
Sit or lie down in a safe, comfortable space. Think about an intention for meditating (ex. to be calm). Then you can simply listen to your breath (use the ujjayi breath or slow deep breaths). Another way to focus is to say a phrase repeatedly to yourself. You can use a traditional mantra like “Sat Nam” which means “I am truth” or make up your own phrase like “I am calm.” Meditation can last anywhere from 2 to 30 minutes or longer. Start with a shorter time. Using a timer is helpful. There are many styles and ways to meditate. Knitting is a form of meditation. We meet to meditate most Mondays at my home studio from 5:30 – 6:00 pm. Join us sometime.
Using an eye pillow during savasana (final relaxation), meditation, or sleep is very beneficial. They are relaxing for several reasons. They put light pressure on acupressure points that stimulate relaxation in your heart, face and brain. Eye pillows block out light, making it easier to meditate or move into a “blissful” state. They help the vagus nerve relax. Eye pillows are easy to make.