The very first StretchBodyMind Yoga Teacher Training starts at An Creagan, Omagh on Monday and I am over-the-moon excited about it! But … (and it’s a big BUT) … I am also the most stressed I’ve ever been in my life.
Marketing the programme, creating the manual, organising the venue and ensuring everyone’s needs are met while simultaneously doing a HUGE Anatomy & Physiology exam for my Complementary Therapies course AND submitting my Tax Returns online for the first time ever mean that I haven’t had a full-night’s sleep in about three weeks.
My own yoga practice has fallen by the wayside, my head is too buzzy for meditation and I’ve been eating a LOT of sweets. It’s ironic that I will be delivering a Yoga Teacher Training while at the same time feeling the unhealthiest I have in a long time.
So, what do you do when you can’t afford to slow down? Here’s my simple 3-step programme:
If your head is buzzy or confused because you’re trying to force too much stuff into it (thanks A&P!) drink a glass of water. According to research from the University of East London quenching your thirst with a glass of water could help your brain work 14 per cent faster.
If you haven’t even got time for water try Sitali breathing. Sit comfortably, slightly lower the chin, curl the tongue lengthwise, and project it out of the mouth to a comfortable distance. Inhale gently through the “straw” formed by your curled tongue as you slowly lift your chin toward the ceiling, lifting only as far as the neck is comfortable. At the end of the inhalation, with your chin comfortably raised, retract the tongue and close the mouth. Exhale slowly through the nostrils as you gently lower your chin back to a neutral position. Repeat for 8 to 12 breaths. Sitali is said to have a cooling and calming effect on the nervous system.
If you can’t go to bed and get a proper night’s sleep, how about trying Shoulderstand? The Yogis say that 20 minutes of Shoulderstand is equivalent to 3 hours of sleep so it’s worth a try!
That’s it for this week. If you have any suggestions for things you do when you can’t stop, let me know either down below or on Facebook. If you haven’t Liked my Page yet hop on over to https://www.facebook.com/StretchBodyMind and comment there!