Corpse Pose – Forcing a Slow-Down

There are a few reasons I love corpse pose. To be honest, sometimes I’m just thrilled that a strenuous yoga session is winding down since corpse pose is often one of the last (or the very last) pose. But mostly, I love it because it forces me to slow down and relax. For that minute or two (or ten!) I’m able to just recline on the ground and clear my head.

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It can be much harder to slow down off the yoga mat. It’s sometimes hard to say no, so I find myself making plans every day for weeks until I feel like I hit a brick wall. I’m no introvert, but even extroverts need healthy boundaries and time for relaxation and self-care. I’m reminded of this every time I lower my body into corpse pose and spend that time relaxing without guilt. It’s refreshing to sometimes do nothing. It allows your body and mind to heal and become more resilient.

Do you love corpse pose or do you struggle with clearing your mind during this part of yoga practice? Be sure to share your experience in the comment section!

Namaste!

-Tiffany

Letting Go of the Past

Past hurt can be like a chain that keeps us from moving forward. One of the principles of yoga is focusing on the moment. Typically, I need to remind myself to focus on today instead of worrying so much about the future, but recently I’ve had a shift where my issue has become dwelling too much on the past instead.

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We all have regrets about the past. Whether there’s a relationship we wish we’d never engaged with or an opportunity we were too afraid to take, it’s so easy to get caught up in the “what ifs.” But all that energy focusing on the past could be better used in the moment.

I think that one reason I get caught up focusing on the past is because I don’t always process negative things well. It’s more my style to ignore the hurting until it grows to a size that can’t be avoided. Instead, I need to let the feelings have their moment and then let them go.

Is there something from your past that’s weighing on you today? If so, let’s have a ten minute pity party right now. Sit in your discomfort. Feel your feelings. Acknowledge your pain.

Now, let it go.

Don’t let pain from the past keep you chained there. Revisiting regrets over and over again gives them too much power. I know it’s easier said than done to leave the past in the past, but it will get easier with practice.

Life, like yoga, has to be balanced – we can’t focus too much on the past or too much on the future. Embrace today!

Namaste.

-Tiffany

 

 

Tree Pose – A Life in Balance

Tree Pose (or Vrksasana) is one of the most popular yoga poses for balance. Years ago, it used to be so easy for me, but I’m very out of practice when it comes to balance. These days, as I try to balance on one foot, I find myself wobbling. Turns out, my physical body is just as out of balance as the emotional part of me.

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While physical strength is important for balance in yoga, an even more vital component is focus. Balance is mostly concentration, and this is something I really struggle with. My mind is constantly spinning – with daily checklists, goals, dreams, anxieties, and more. When I step on the yoga mat, it’s hard to just turn this off.

There’s a reason that meditation is a huge part of yoga. Meditation is a way to relax and center you, and it really helps with focusing your intention. I’ve found that meditating before and after my asanas can help me to focus when I’m performing the poses.

Do you struggle with racing thoughts too? If so, let’s try to work on it together. Let’s commit to at least 15 minutes of daily yoga practice where we force ourselves to focus on the moment and block out the noise of everything else. I think we’ll find that staying centered on the inside will help us balance on the outside.

Namaste!

-Tiffany

Namaste

Welcome to my new blog: No Place Like Om. This website is where I’m going to chronicle my transformation on and off the yoga mat. I hope to connect with others along the way so that this journey can be a shared experience. While I have nothing profound to impart, I do have a lot of honesty and openness. So often, lifestyle and yoga blogs show you the perfect. I want to show you the perfectly imperfect.

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My yoga journey began 14 years ago when I was starting 8th grade in a new school. Gym class was the part of day I dreaded most. Awkward in my newly-pubescent body, I loathed changing in front of others, but even worse was the class itself. I’ve never been very athletic or coordinated, so I’ve always known the shame of being picked close to last when it comes to choosing teams. One day, the gym instructor decided to start an alternative choice – girls who didn’t want to participate in the sport du jour could choose to instead follow a yoga or pilates video in room adjacent to the gym. Knowing that I wouldn’t face the same rejection from a DVD, I joined a handful of other girls away from the noise of kickball and competitive screaming. That’s where I first fell in love with yoga and pilates. In that quieter space, I started connecting to my body in a way I never had before. I felt stronger and more confident – at least for the 30 minutes or so that I was focused more on the DVD than the social structure of school.

Over the years, I’ve continued to dabble in yoga at various levels. Any time that life has started to feel truly overwhelming, yoga has always been there to help me find my center and connect with myself. As a perfectionist, I often have a disconnect between mind and body. Let’s just say, my expectations haven’t always been reasonable, and I haven’t always been kind to myself in my pursuit of perfection.

So why did I want to start this blog now?

Six months ago, I was engaged to be married, anxious, and extremely unhappy in almost every way. The space in time from then to now has already been quite the transformation. I left a relationship that was deeply unhealthy. I’ve spent time grieving my past failures and the pain that has lingered. I’ve analyzed my shortcomings, and I’m slowly trying to recover the self-esteem that I lost over the past few years.

Now, I’m ready to move forward and completely transform inside and out. It’s not healthy to continue to dwell on the past at this point, so now I’m going to take the lessons I’ve learned and use them as a springboard to a better, more healthy life. I’m not going to lie – it’s a bit scary to put all this out there publicly, but I truly believe that there are other people who are going through similar things and who need a companion for their journey. I want you to know that I’m here for you – whether you’re curious about yoga, looking for natural solutions to health and wellness, or even if you’re just feeling a bit lonely. We’re all sharing this human experience.

So, let’s begin!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting motivational musings, information about yoga and yoga philosophy, reviews of all-natural products, and more. Let’s see where this journey takes us.

Namaste

-Tiffany