With a new month comes a new sequence! As we used a substantial warm-up, Sun Salutation A, a modified Sun B and some strong Mountain 2 flows, we for partner bow. The whole class tonight centered around opening through the thoracic vertebrae to allow the lungs to expand. I wanted everyone to breath deeper and fuller than they had in a long time. I wanted us to find neutral.
We introduced Alternate-Nostril breathing for the first time tonight and the class rocked it :). Here is a link to more information and a YouTube video for your viewing pleasure.
Calming the Anxiety
“Breathing,” says Yoga physiologist David Coulter, Ph.D, “is one of the most remarkable functions of anatomy and physiology. It is the only biological activity which can be brought under full conscious control and yet functions semiautomatically twenty-four hours a day.” If you do nothing else but commit to learning pranayama breathing, you will bring not only your breath under conscious control, but also your emotions. This doesn’t mean you will repress your feelings, but rather you will begin to witness and more able manage them.
“I’m a writer, and I literally lose words that I know. It’s as if I’m standing on one side of a synapse, peering to the other side. There’s a word there – the very word I want for a poem I’m writing – but I can’t reach it. It remains there, dancing, just beyond my ability to grasp it. It’s a very frustrating experience, and it invariably signals the onset of depression. I’ll write a perfectly decent poem and feel like it’s nothing, worse than nothing, I’m worse than nothing.”
Learn to be very watchful, and to refuse to give in to the self-judgments. Learn how to take care of yourself by increasing your prana by getting outdoors, taking long walks, and riding your bike. Find your breath. Find your space.
“I’ve found that rhythmic deep breathing, and especially Alternate-Nostril breathing (Nadi Sodhana), can be very nurturing, and even allow me to be ‘outside’ of the depression for a time.” My breath can neutralize the energy.
BOOK – “Yoga for Depression” by Amy Weintrab