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Tapas: Self Discipline

Often, in yoga class, I hear the teacher say, "When you want to stop, that's when the pose really starts." The moment that my legs are burning and shaking and I think I cannot stay a moment longer is always the moment the teacher chooses to say this phrase. Last week a teacher said it and it made me take a moment to observe what was going on in my mind. My thoughts were a combination of desperately trying to find a way to make the pose easier mixed with blaming the teacher for keeping us there so long. As soon as I observed this I had to laugh at myself. I was the one who chose to go to yoga that day because I wanted to practice and there I was in class trying to get out of doing the work all the while blaming the teacher for doing exactly what she was meant to do. So I took a breath and just stayed in the pose and stopped blaming or trying to change the moment. I just stayed with it.

It goes further than that though. That little moment of observation extends deeper into life. It is a way of dealing with conflict. When things get hard in any area of life is it possible to stay with it and live in the difficulty without running away, cheating, or blaming someone else? You may have different thoughts that pop up when you have to stay in a pose for long periods of time but, whatever those thoughts are, I bet they will tell you something about how you live your life as well. Remember staying in the pose helps us grow stronger! Every struggle we encounter helps us to grow and learn.

"In those times when we don't know how to get through the next minute of what seems unknown and overwhelming to us can we hold on until we are somehow blessed by our struggle?" -Deborah Adele

"In those times when we don't know how to get through the next minute of what seems unknown and overwhelming to us can we hold on until we are somehow blessed by our struggle?" -Deborah Adele

How Running Helped With My Anxiety

Ever since I was a small child I've had anxiety off and on. When things are going smoothly I feel great but when the bumps in the road come, as they do in life, they bring up a lot of anxiety and stress. For me, the anxiety feels like tightness in my chest, irritability, defensiveness, and a general restricted feeling. Often it comes on slowly and is something I can find my way out of by doing some yoga, lifting weights, talking to a friend or spending some time in nature. There are times that the anxiety keeps building though, and when I started running I learned how to cope with it in a different way.

 

I usually run about once a week now to supplement my strength training, yoga and dancing. What I learned is that as I run I naturally find my breath and slow it, I keep my inhales and exhales long and steady. My heart rate is elevated but my mind is calm. Now when I feel that anxious feeling creeping in, my heart rate starts to increase and my breathing becomes shallow I've learned how to lengthen my inhales and exhales to ride out the wave. Instead of becoming consumed by the fact that I'm experiencing anxiety and trying to get myself out of it I just sit with it and breath. I won't say that my anxiety is gone but I will say I don't mind it so much anymore. I think I found a way to love that part of me and let it be.