by Amy Caldwell
Yoga teaches us that it’s not just what you do but how you do it that matters. This process will help you release stress – which is often a result of fretting over anticipated events or those that have already transpired. Here are a few easy ways to obtain present moment awareness and feel better:
1. Sit or stand up straight. Take a deep breath in through your nose and let it out slowly through your mouth with a soft ‘ahhhh’ sound. Continue for two more breaths, letting go of thoughts and physical tension. Feel and enjoy your breath.
2. Ask yourself the question, “What problem is there RIGHT NOW?” Frequently there IS NO crisis in the present moment. Shift your mindset from finding problems to accepting the situation or make a conscious choice to respond rather than react.
3. Focus on someone or something you are thankful for. This can be done anywhere, anytime – or regularly upon waking, before meals or before bedtime.
4. If you are feeling completely overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths into your belly, exhaling slowly and completely. If possible, lie on the floor with your lower legs resting on a chair or sofa (make sure your buttocks are resting fully on the floor with a small natural curve under your low back). Close your eyes. When they open, let it be with a new and positive perspective.
Amy Caldwell is the co-founder, co-owner and head instructor of the award-winning interdisciplinary Hatha yoga studio, Yoga One. She also co-teaches the annual Yoga One Teacher Training. Amy collaborated with 3D4Medical to create the top-selling, iYoga Premium app. She has been featured in numerous media outlets including two covers of Yoga Journal, NBC News, Union Tribune and others.