This week's class had the title "3 things". Five years ago, I heard an inspirational speaker (Hilary Rubin) offer this philosophy, and it has stayed with me and helped me many times. She said that when you hit a low point in your life or your day and you're feeling down, unmotivated, low energy, in a slump.... to re-direct yourself try 1 of 3 things:
Get grounded. Might look like stepping outside and getting fresh air, or moving your body (walk, yoga), or eat some protein & hydrate with a big gulp of water.
Get light. Get loose ends tied. Do something useful like getting a chore done... pay bills to your favorite music, return that phone call or email, run that errand! See how a sense of accomplishment may shift your energy.
Get connected. If you've been isolated for many hours...interact! Go chat with a colleague, family member or barista!
You ask, how does this apply to a yoga practice? In yoga class this week, we connected with each other through partner poses: Tree, Dancer in small groups, & Utthita Hasta Padangustasana in which we playfully attempted to hold up each other's ankle so we could balance in lines of 8-10 students! We got grounded by moving our bodies, sweating, breathing and strengthening while learning to focus our attention on the present moment. We were useful in the sense that we aimed to attune to our body's needs for more challenge or more rest.
In honor of Thanksgiving, I ask you to give yourself a gift this week. Just as you might give a gift to a friend or family member, consciously offer yourself a small gift.... a nice coffee drink, a hike, a visit to the ocean, or a small token of appreciation for yourself. We all have times of stress, sadness, overwhelm or fear. Let this be a gift of compassion to yourself.