Yoga Can Change Your BrainFeb 24, 2020
As I sit here reflecting on the past year, I find myself being grateful for yoga.
It's no secret that stress is as bad for our bodies as our minds. Our reaction to stress can be a good thing if it's short term and causes us to act on an obstacle or difficulty, but the reality is most of us live lives that are filled with lots of different kinds of stress, and our bodies and minds don't know what to do with it.
For me, no matter how much I try and consciously control my reaction to daily stress, if I don't do yoga regularly, I find that I grind my teeth or clench my jaw as I sleep. I'm tense in the neck and shoulder area.
I met Ada completely by chance. I've always been interested in the theory and herstory behind yoga and its origins in India. When I met with her to see whether she would be interested in putting together some videos for us, she told me a little about her philosophy around yoga and it resonated so strongly with me.
"Yoga for mental health is like medicine."
For me this has been especially true as I navigate a world without my dear step-father and come to terms with the fact that my sister and best friend has Stage 4 cancer.
Yoga gives me time to just be with my thoughts. To be with my breath. To move how I need to and to concentrate only on how I am, in this moment.
Do you do yoga? How has it helped you navigate difficult times?