YOGA THE PLACE OF THE JEWEL

Once we make changes in our lives, we’ll face cascading effects, both negative and positive. It doesn’t matter whether the change is considered negative or positive. Every change, such as getting married, moving to a new place, starting a recovery program, or quitting smoking, may sound like a beautiful new life journey. But anything new brings uncertainty. Uncertainty isn’t welcomed by our minds and bodies, which like the status quo and would love to feel secure and grounded all the time. It’s very common when we go through changes that we experience grief, fear, and a sense of being overwhelmed. The effects of change manifest not only on a mental level but also on a physical level. One of the biggest systems affected by change on a physical level is the digestive system We may experience inhibited digestion, a bloated stomach, diarrhea, constipation, and a general weakness or hollowness of this area. We may generally feel weak, insecure, and in need of reassurance. It’s certainly not the greatest way to start our new life journey.

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I clearly remember the time when I moved from NYC to Houston. It was a major life event, as I had to build myself up from ground zero. I experienced irritability, spaciness, fear, and restlessness for a couple years. I also suffered from weak feelings in my digestive system It was like I couldn’t digest anything. I literally couldn’t digest my new life and all the challenges I was facing.

In this time of welfare, my true savior was my yoga practice. Instead of whining and crying, I spent most of my days at yoga studios. I generally practiced two hours a day. Finally, things started to fall into place. I found a merit of strength and power from my yoga practice and could start conquering life challenges. Mindful breathing, mindfulness-based practices such as yoga, tai-chi, and qigong, loving-kindness practices, and twists are all helpful for regaining our strength, confidence, energy, and enthusiasm If we can incorporate these practices when we’re about to face changes, we’ll succeed much faster.

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