I know…. It’s been months since I last spent time here, and coming back was surprisingly hard. After Christmas I was feeling “cluttered” by not only physical things, but mentally. We tackled a few home organization projects, which helped ease my anxiety about stuff. The mental clutter was far heavier for me, creating feelings of angst and discomfort.
In this season of life, my mind is constantly racing. At any given moment my brain whirs, I might be thinking about
keeping up with household chores
impending deadlines at work
the political climate
Each of these things is important, but the list is literally endless. IT’S TOO MUCH!!! I’ve found that my mind needs time to rest, space to be silent. Knowing this, I finally returned to my yoga practice. Prior to having the kids, yoga was part of my life- I came to my mat several times weekly, nurturing my body and mind. Unfortunately, life got in the way. I allowed barriers to keep me from yoga: my new body, childcare, to-dos, budget, and of course time.
I struggle with practicing yoga independently and need an instructor, but getting to a studio wasn’t in the cards (remember those barriers?!?!?) I checked out a few DVDs from the library and wasn’t impressed. Next, I started streaming videos from Amazon Prime and discovered Yoga Merge. I’ve found a good variety of practice options with Yoga Merge that I chose based on my time and particular needs (e.g. stretching, relaxation, restoration, ect). During my practice, I finally let go of my to-dos and worries. After practice, my mind feels clear and I’m energized, ready to tackle what awaits.
I know this mental clutter is not a struggle for me alone. I see it on the weary faces of my friends, family, and co-workers. In this society, we are constantly bombarded by stimuli and pressure to do. If you don’t already have an outlet for mental clutter, I encourage you to try yoga at a gym, studio, or at home. If you’ve never practiced yoga, it can feel awkward at first, but don’t give up too quickly. A good place to start is Beginner Yoga | 10 Yoga Poses Every Beginner Should Know, or you can visit Yoga Merge where you’ll find basic information about yoga and a few free videos to stream. Please don’t let barriers keep you from trying yoga, or finding another outlet for letting go of mental clutter. You deserve it.
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