So August and September were an unplanned hiatus in my yoga practice. August was vacation and September was full of Jewish holidays and the start of the school year. Two months of no consistency and no routine! Thank Gd things are getting back to normal and yoga is, once again and very gratefully, a presence in my life.
As I am slowly getting back into my practice and teaching schedule, I had a real “light-bulb” moment about what has been obvious to me but I was having trouble explaining to others.
I have been engaged and engrossed in this world of Yoga Nashit for nearly 5 years, and as such I have forgotten what I knew (or didn’t know) before I started practicing and teaching. What I mean by this, is that the Yoga Nashit language, the physical, emotional and mental impact on me, the body-mind connection, and the deep self-awareness, has become such an integral part of my daily living that it was difficult to express clearly to others how it made me feel or how it had changed me.
However, as the days and weeks went on, and August turned into September, I slowly began to feel my body and mind “fail” me. It didn’t happen overnight, however by the time we were deep into September, I realized how much I had regressed, how much I had “lost” by not practicing yoga regularly. This helped me to really identify how Yoga Nashit has impacted my life, and how every woman can benefit from practice.
So below are my 3 big observations:
1. Totally stressed out and unable to see things clearly.
I am not the calmest of people by nature. As a working mum, with a busy family life, juggling two jobs, household stuff and the general craziness of life, my natural response in the past was to get overwhelmed, shout at my kids, not have enough time for myself or develop my relationship with my husband. For many women in this situation, they arrive at the end of the day feeling totally guilty because they weren’t the parent/spouse they wanted to be, because the work-life balance was totally out of wack, and there doesn’t really seem to be any way to change it.
Yoga Nashit however brings a wealth of tools that enable you to calm yourself, understand how juggling everything is a modern-day myth, and how you can choose what to do when – based on your understanding of your natural changes. Furthermore, deep breathing which is fundamental to any yoga practice, stimulates the para-sympathetic nervous system to kick in, biologically triggering the body to enter the “Rest and Digest” mode. Thus “Calming the Crazy” becomes a reality and not just some cute slogan.
2. Out of balance-Out of control.
Being at an age where my body is beginning to enter the perimenopause stage, things are changing. The truth is that our bodies are constantly changing. Whether it be teenage years a