I have written about yoga before, about how it makes me feel better. I have written about how I sometimes struggle with acceptance of where I am now, in yoga. My flexibility is not what it used to be. I need to modify poses a lot. I cannot stay in them as long as I was once able. yada yada yada, blah blah blah. It's all useless chatter, really, those thoughts.
Part of the anxiety I have been feeling lately has caused me to breathe very shallowly, which then constricts blood flow to muscles and joints. My acupuncturist was explaining this to me and asked me to spend several minutes daily just breathing deeply. I have been doing that and I can definitely feel the difference in the tenseness of my body...my jaw, my shoulders, etc.
Recently I started doing a yoga journal dvd introduction to ashtanga. What I love about ashtanga yoga is that it is all about connecting the breath to the movement. It has really helped me get into a pose and stay there longer. It's quieting all that chatter going on in my head, because if I am concentrating on breathing deeply I cannot hear the negative voices.
Today I didn't feel great, so I did a restorative yoga video. The instructor has some good tidbits that I want to share with you, but I am too tired to remember them exactly. Needless to say, I am feeling better, both physically and emotionally, having made yoga an important part of my day.