This time of year I always find myself feeling a little blue. Gone are the long, warm, fun-filled days of summer in Minnesota. It’s becoming colder and darker, and the trees outside my home are shedding their pretty red and orange leaves and becoming bare.
Suddenly I am caught up worrying about the holidays approaching and how I will afford to make Christmas special for my kids. I find it harder to get motivated to exercise. I eat more. And then I turn around to find myself irritated and short-tempered, snapping at my kids and my partner for no good reason. At some point I realize that I’ve worked myself up into a frenzy and remind myself to STOP, BREATHE, and take a yoga class.
Yoga has the amazing ability to help us change our perspective on life. I consider it meditation for the body. The soothing environment of the yoga studio helps me become calm and focused almost instantly. The soft music and dim lighting has a settling effect on my nerves, and as class begins I envision pushing my worries and anxieties out through each exhalation. As I flow from one asana (posture) to the next, I feel my body respond positively: from the deep stretch in the backs of my legs during Downward Dog to the contraction of my arm muscles holding me steady in Crow Pose, and I am thankful for this amazing body that does so much for me.
What may have been irritating me only an hour before now seems much less urgent. Problems I was unable to solve prior to class seem manageable, and while I may not suddenly have all the answers, yoga reminds me to trust in myself and take things as they come.
As I lie in Shavasana at the end of class, the abundant blessings in my life become evident once more. The clutter in my mind has been cleaned up, and I am refreshed and at peace. There have been times where I leave class to find my vision clearer and crisper. At other times I have had a good cry right in the parking lot, further cleansing myself of all the negativity that has built up.
Feeling blue yourself? Connect your mind, body and spirit in a rejuvenating vinyasa yoga class at Yoga Prairie in Eden Prairie. From the site: “You’ll leave balanced and centered, ready to celebrate a new week. Partner your ujjayi pranyama with the flow of your asana in this 60-minute multi-level class. We’ll explore a variety of inversions, binds, twists, balance and strength-building poses to detoxify and replenish our bodies. All levels welcome and encouraged to attend.”
What an amazing gift yoga is. How has your perspective changed through yoga practice? Share your story below!