Guest Post By: YogaVision
Let’s face it – life is full of pressure. As a small business owner, you know firsthand how true this statement can be. The stakes are high to reach success and our staff is crucial to our progress. Afterall, teamwork makes the dream work! As a business owner and Yoga Therapist, I’ve counselled hundreds of people on the impact of stress on decision making, alertness and problem-solving.
This is what I want for your staff; a calm mind makes for clarity and engagement. Here’s is an exercise that you and your staff can practice that helps to relieve stress, set the intention and a clear path to creating a focused goal.
Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Concentrate this next breath through your left nostril. Use your mind to control your breath. Repeat eleven times. In the thirty seconds it takes to practice this technique, your body, mind and breath shifts. It is a fact.
See, sense, feel or imagine the place in your life, in your body, in your mind where you hold the most tension. Hold that knowingness. Come to an awareness of where you are gripping, holding, or judging. Be with it.
Offer that experience over to your highest consciousness. Turn it over to be forgiven, loved and healed. It is a choice rather than a request. It is a here and now experience of consciousness. It’s you.
Surprisingly, this is all it takes to relax. Being in the flow. Acknowledging when something feels right and knowing when something is off and respecting that too.
Tension is created when we are out of spiritual alignment. We might call it a moral crisis, an ethical dilemma, or a judgement call.
In the end, our discomfort usually comes from a conflict between our ego demands and our angelic nature.
Relaxation is an essential practice for physical, spiritual and mental well-being. In our culture, we’ve mistakenly trained ourselves to relax by watching tv, eating, or by drinking or smoking. This really isn’t relaxation. These are stimulating activities.
The body becomes our repository for all these residual thoughts and experiences. The practice of Yoga is a perfect way to purge the tension. That is why after each Yoga practice there is a period of rest called Sivasana.
This time allows the opportunity to soak in the effects of the practice, carving out a connection with our own natural state. True relaxation is rejuvenating to the nervous system, promoting glandular shifts and promotes self-understanding. This is especially true for women. From a Yogic perspective, we can create anything. From this magnificent power comes the requirement to rest, recharge and reposition ourselves on a constant basis to ensure that our light shines brightly.
Love and light,
Salimah at YogaVision
YogaVision Centre offers Kundalini, Hatha, Vinyasa and all of the time-tested approaches to Yoga. Movement, Meditation and Mantra, are all taught by experienced teachers. Yoga and Meditation are so much more than the postures. It’s a way of life, a philosophy, a method of cultivating balance, focus, and connection. Yoga offers a fresh perspective and rejuvenation of the body, leaving us healthier and happier.