“If you open your heart and become like a child, you will always be blissful, always content.”
~ Sri Dharma Mittra

Most of you now know that Warsaw’s Secret Fitness Studio will officially close at the end of the year.  I am somewhat saddened, and yet I am also happy that I have this website, this avenue to reach my students.  Thank those of you who signed up for my email list.  If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to do so.  After the first of the year, I will be working on this website in earnest and hope to send out lots of information.

Today, I’d like to begin with a short post about child’s pose.  I really like the picture of the little girl in a ballerina costume.  To me, she reflects exactly what we should feel when doing child’s pose for ourselves.  She has her head tucked in toward her knees while resting on her open hands.  She exudes a sense of peace as she rests completely on the ground, and also a sense of drawing inward, away from the worries of the world.

Sometimes I, too, feel as if I’d like to draw away from my worries.  This crazy time of year is especially stressful because in addition to closing the studio, my husband and I are buying a house in Corydon, Indiana, and getting ready to sell ours.  Since we won’t be leaving the area officially until March, I am thankful that I have time to adjust to all of the changes.

I have to admit that the lessons and skills I have learned from yoga have really helped make this time easier.  When I wake up earlier than normal, I use the quiet time to meditate and do pranayama (breath work).  If I can’t fall asleep, I also practice pranayama to help.  Sometimes during my yoga practice, I simply curl up into child’s pose and allow my forehead to rest, eyes closed.  Just drawing in a few simple breaths in that pose always helps relieve my anxiousness.

If you’re worried and stressed this Christmas season, practice child’s pose.  You can do any variation that works for you.  Place a pillow under your belly or under your hips.  Use a short stool to rest on with a pillow so that you don’t have to bend quite so much.  Find a modification that helps you find the peaceful feeling of child’s pose.

You can also practice deep belly breathing.  Breathe in through your nose and let your belly rise.  Breathe out through your nose and let your belly fall.  Try to make your breath soft and gentle.

Most of all, practice gratitude for all of your blessings and you’ll find that your stress levels will dissipate.