In my business, I am focused on helping others achieve a healthy balance in their lives through the use of yoga, kettlebells and general body weight exercises. I believe that fitness is a process that must be rooted out for each individual. Fitness must be enjoyable above all and also meaningful, else it will fail to connect on a permanent level.
During the last few weeks, as the never-ending, brutal winter continues to drag on, I have been called upon to become more of a nurturer rather than a trainer. Although my clients have still moved toward health, together we have spent many hours in restorative yoga. The cold, the wind, the dryness, and the stress have all converged and zapped most people’s energy and mental drive.
Last week, I helped my clients learn that we cannot always push our bodies. We must rest them when they are tired. I recommend that they go to bed before ten and get up at six am. I share with them how to use restorative yoga poses – with props, essential oils, eye pillows, low lights and music, to calm their minds and nerves while passively stretching. I flutter about them as a mother hen, propping here, moving an arm there, covering them with a blanket if needed.
When my clients finally allow themselves to rest in total relaxation – with nothing to do but rest – they begin to find a deeper connection with themselves and with the world. Problems seems to fade or become less troublesome, anger and stress dissolve a little bit, and the body responds with renewed energy and vigor.
Relaxation takes discipline and devotion to taking care of your body. In today’s working world, you may feel that you cannot possibly stop to take a few long and leisurely drinks from the fountain of restoration. However, to find true peace, along with physical and mental health, you must learn.