#40DaysOfSelfCare Day 14. Today let’s celebrate freedom from stress by practicing two self-care tips that CLEANSE stress from the body and mind.
Stress. Tension. Strain. Worry. Anxiety. Pressure.
Stress is the force threatening to drown one in the mind’s anxious undercurrents and it’s the knots constricting the body’s flow of ease. Once we learn to recognize stress and understand our response patterns, we are able to free ourselves from grips of stress using self-care.
Freedom is feeling optimal vitality, ease, and creativity. Freedom is the absolute knowing one can manifest their heart’s deepest desires, no matter the external circumstances. Liberated from stress, one navigates and creates from the sacred space of Purusha – divine unlimited potential.
Before becoming a yoga teacher, Ayurveda lifestyle coach, and writer, I worked in corporate banking. Those seven years involved ten-hour workdays, constant multi-tasking, and client demands that caused a tension tantrum in my body and mind. It was the pressures of this job (including the blue suits, heels, and pantyhose!) that got me to my first yoga class.
The poses and pranayama (breath) gave me easy and effective ways to release tension and manage stress. Within 6 months, I taught yoga during my lunch break at the bank’s on-site wellness center! The bank’s yoga blocks paved the way to me becoming the artist and entrepreneur that I am today, living the dream job and working with clients such as lululemon and Aveda.
Even though I live my dream job in gorgeous, serene Santa Barbara, stress still comes knocking at my door. However, I no longer welcome and entertain old stress patterns. Through yoga and breath meditation, I release stress before it settles in my mind and body. Here are 2 tips to unwind and create peace of mind:
1. Spinal Twist. Stop, drop, and unroll your yoga mat. Twists wring out tension from the body. I love doing seated spinal twists during the day at my writing desk. At the end of the day, nothing feels better than a reclining spinal twist. Well, sometimes it’s a cold beer.
2. Bellows Breath. Pranayama resets the nervous system. This breath relieves tension in neck and shoulders, as well as brings ease to the body and peace of mind. Download Bellows Breath handout here.
One more tip. Sing the bridge to Queen’s Under Pressure for guaranteed stress relief.
p.s. BIG thanks to Jon Ortner who painted (wall and painting in photo) the perfect cozatorium for my writing and yoga space. Check out Jon Ortner Art. Santa Barbara peeps, Jon’s paintings are at the fab restaurant Roy this month.
Today’s Self-Care Adventure: Do a seated and a reclining spinal twist. Slow twists with deep breaths wring out tension from the body. Pause in the twist for at least 5 breaths, before twisting to the other side. For fun mood music click here to listen Queen and David Bowie sing Under Pressure.