I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to the graduating class at a local high school today and here is what I talked about (in 5 parts):
In the beginning…
I first started taking yoga because I could barely touch my knees comfortably. I was lifting weights to gain muscle mass and weight and when I was done ‘pumping iron’ I kept telling myself I would stretch later. Later never came and eventually I found myself very stiff indeed.
Think about conflicts in your life-relationships (with parents, teachers, other students, girlfriends/boyfriends etc). Close your eyes and as you do, notice where your feel tension these conflicts create in your body. Is it in your shoulders? A tightness in your chest? A stiffness in your neck? Becomes aware of where the tension sits and what it feels like. Now, take a deep breath. Breathe some space between the tight spots and notice how the stress dissipates.
When we are stressed our bodies, minds & souls tighten and coil. This constriction does not allow anything in-good ideas, breathe or positive influences. No flow. By learning to breathe deeply and gently, you uncoil & release that tension. Opening the way for all things great and wonderful to flow through you. Breathe deeply.