I have been practicing Yoga on and off since I was 12 years old. The practice comes to me when I am in periods of transition and growth. It helps me to align my mind, body, and breath in a way that reduces my anxiety and connects me to my higher self.
The Power of 5 Sun Salutations
During one particular time of growth, I was feeling very challenged. There were great things happening in my life but I had gained more weight than I liked and let go of many of the self care habits that I had cultivated previously. My anxiety was high, I felt depleted and was not sure how I was going to sustain myself emotionally long term.
I needed a change in my life so I began by doing five Sun Salutations a day (with each movement you take a breath in and then for the next movement breathe out). This exercise took me less than ten minutes every morning, yet the results I felt in my body and mind were ten-fold. My mind was calmer, my anxiety was reduced, and I felt the muscle tone coming back in my arms and legs.
As the days turned into weeks I became stronger and added additional yoga stretches to my morning practice. Then as the weeks turned into months I was taking a weekly yoga class, going for long walks, and even started swimming again. Nearly a year to the day that I started my five sun salutations a day, I have an almost daily yoga practice and have enrolled in a yoga teacher training. My anxiety is gone, my mind is clear, and I’m better able to balance the parts of my life that had been at odds before.