Hello kind krafters!
I hope you’re all doing well, feeling good, and settling into the new fall season. I’m happy to report that, despite doctors still being uncertain as to exactly what caused my symptoms, I am feeling much better and am back to work and outdoor adventures. I thought for this post I would share one of the key tools that I’ve been using to felt me recover and feel better, and what I feel has been the most significant influencing factor in my progress. And that is yoga!
Yoga is a lot of different things, and has also been described as everything. Most of know yoga as a trendy practice of stretching and moving in pretzel-like shapes and poses while breathing and standing on a squishy mat. It can be done outside, inside, in a super-hot room with sweat dripping off of you, or in a regulated temperature with sweaters and poses held for long periods of time. You can do intense and strengthening power yoga, relaxing and restorative yin yoga, gentle flowing hatha yoga, smooth flowing vinyasa yoga, and many more in just about every combination you can think of. But the key ingredient is the breath and the mind, something often forgotten in the modern image of yoga as a trendy exercise regime. Yoga is used to calm and centre the mind in preparation for meditation, and all movement, whether intensive, quick, slow, or static, follows the flow of the breathe naturally moving in and out.
Yoga can be practiced anywhere!