Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Lessons from yoga - don't sweat the small stuff

We do it often - worry about little things this week only to find next week there was no need to worry.  In fact a great deal of what we worry about is needless but we may even get to the stage where, somewhere deep within, we feel that we have to worry to prevent bad things happening.  All this worry prevents us enjoying what is happening today, right now, and wastes energy which could be used more creatively.  At this time of year when many of us are trying to stick to punishing new year resolutions because they worry about their weight or fitness levels, it is important to commit to self-care rather that worrying about reaching the perfect weight or ideal level of fitness.

Yoga can help us with our intention to let go of worrying about the small stuff.  When we are stressed we release the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenalin, from the adrenal glands, situated on the top of the kidneys. These are often referred to as the 'fight or flight' hormones and in the days when we had to fight a lion or run from a bear were very necessary.  The hormones increase the heart rate so that blood is sent to the muscles ready for action.   Because nowadays they are not usually followed by action they can be damaging. Invigorating sequences such as Sun Salutations 'burn off' these hormones while twists and squats help eliminate them from your body.  Back bends too can help by pacifying the adrenal glands. Yoga can also help you see the 'bigger picture'. Meditation is key to helping you release unnecessary worries.

I will leave you with the words my dad used to say - 'Don't worry about it until it happens'.

Please see the video on my YouTube Channel-'Lessons from yoga - don't sweat the small stuff'- https://youtu.be/bU2wzHnnB64

Janet x 

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