With the launch of my new Yoga and Pilates website and a request to write my first blog post…honestly panic set in! What should I write about? What would interest people? Another task for me to complete, I found myself just saying, ‘Jo stop, take stock and breathe. No one is putting you under pressure…only you are.’
So taking some time, tuning into my breath and into my mind I thought about the more challenging aspect of yoga for me: Pranayama.
With a busy life and an equally busy mind, I have found that, although I thought I wasn’t so great at it, I’m actually better than I thought. I’m by no means perfect but that is why yoga is an ever ending journey of self-realisation and growth. Yes, of course, it’s present in my yoga practice but sub-consciously it has crept into my everyday life. Slowly but surely.
So how exactly?
On awaking, the first thing I do is prop myself up on pillows and just take some deep breaths before the day starts. I drink a pint of water and I’m good to go (normally to the pool where my breath control has served me well in finally conquering a correct front crawl, which would always leave me breathless in the past).
” Small examples of how yoga has positively permeated my everyday life “
If I feel pain whether even if just from a careless bang of the knee against the coffee table, or worse still, an intense stomach pain (that results from IBS – a future blog perhaps?) I take some deep breaths.
In the past, waiting – whether in a supermarket queue or in traffic I now focus on my breath not the inconvenience.
Yoga as a life tool
These are just very small examples of how yoga has positively permeated my everyday life. It was only by being asked to write my first blog that I could pat myself on the back and realise that ‘I ain’t doing so badly’ and have got more of a grip on my breath than I thought!
Until the next blog post…
Deep breathe Jo…