When life gets stressful and you feel like you need a nap.. Some rest.. Some rejuvenation, we can always drop down and do Half Tortoise... When we need to remember to get out of your own way... Peaceful Warrior ... Ground yourself into the earth... Relax and Breathe ....
"There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life." .... John Lennon
So profound and yet so true. I taught my first hot yoga class today 5 weeks after my surgery. So very Blessed and Humbled ... I originally recorded this as a "Magical Monday" video. I feel that Mondays are Magical because anything is possible, anything can happen. Sometimes the most magical thing that happens is taking just a few minutes out of a crazy day to drop down and center yourself.
This is simple enough to do anywhere at anytime and can really relieve some stress. I found even today with all my challenges, this felt amazing! Peaceful Warrior is amazingly grounding, fully extend your arms in front of you and place your palms on the ground. As you exhale release all your frustrations, obstacles, challenges, through the palms of your hands into the ground. Quite literally ground yourself into the earth. Mother nature takes on any challenges you cannot handle.
Calmly focus on your breath, in half tortoise allow your calm to take over your entire being. Invite in "Relaxation and Rejuvination." At the end of the day, it is up to you to control your own day. Even when you are sure yourr day is completely out of control.
When the stress of life gets to you, stop, drop and be a tortoise... Take care of you, it's the only one you've got!