If you hang out in Instagram-land and you’re a yoga fan, you might notice that the hashtag #stopdropandyoga is EVERYWHERE.
Mostly the pics accompanying this hashtag are yogis doing very cool and rather advanced physical yoga postures.
Which is amazing and awesome and all that…
While I’m all for the physical practice (obvs!), that AIN’T all there is to yoga!
Yoga is in fact, is a massive system of knowledge that can help us gain understanding of our true/essential nature as human beings.
It includes the physical practice (aka asana), but also meditation, philosophy, and ritual or ceremony. There are also practices for the health of the mind and body (Ayurveda), as well as those that support the opening of your energetic channels (meditation).
Each aspect of the practice is equally important but unfortunately in the west, we seem to have focussed much more on the physical practice!
A great deal of emphasis is placed on being able to master challenging yoga poses, and yet… even if you can stand on your head, how does that help you in your daily life if you’re still living with anxiety and stress?
A balanced approach to yoga and everyday life is needed!
Part of why I’m both a Yoga Teacher and a Kinesiologist, is to help myself and my clients find that balance. The two practices have a fantastic synergy.
Right now, what I’m seeing in my clinic is a lot of people living with anxiety/high levels of stress, and believing the best they can hope for is finding ways to cope with how they feel.
Hot tip: we can do way better than that!
After you’ve had a few Kinesiology sessions with me, I’ll usually bring up the topic of developing your own Self-Care Tool Kit.
As in, an easy to remember and implement list of go-to methods you can use to support yourself any time.
Because, the more resilience you develop, the easier it gets to cope with any challenges you’re presented with on a day-to-day basis.
Your Self-Care Tool Kit needs to be specific to what works for you.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got your anxiety/stress under control or not, you can always benefit from regular self-care!
My #1 Self-Care Tool is Meditation
Which you might’ve guessed on account of the title of this blog post. 🙂
Possibly the best thing about meditation is that there are so many different techniques. To get started, you simply need to find one you enjoy.
The main criteria is to find a comfortable and quiet place to sit or lie down, so you can focus on your breath.
I’ve been teaching Yoga Nidra for years now, and as a part of my long-term yoga studies I’ve learned So. Many. forms of meditation, it could take the rest of my life to “master” them all.
That said, I wasn’t always sold on meditation!
It seemed… too boring and repetitive. Too challenging. Too annoying. A little pointless. And so on.
So I danced around a regular meditation practice for the longest time.
But as my sensitivity to energy and my psychic gifts have opened up, meditation’s now kinda mandatory. For my peace of mind.
In our busy go-go world, meditation is our way home
Given the numerous outward distractions we live with, meditation is an opportunity to connect inwards.
To learn what’s really going on for yourself.
Most of our time is spent “living in our heads”, and we can get a little cut off from our body, emotions and feelings.
As I often tell my clients, we need to find a way to allow both our heart and mind to become equal co-pilots in our lives.
When we can do this, we connect to our intuition, and learn to listen to the signals our body and subconscious want us to be aware of.
The more we learn to live life this way, the less stressed and anxious we become. And life starts to feel more aligned and flowing.
If any of this sounds good to you, then it’s well worth giving mediation a go!
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Ambha Amanda Roberts is a Kinesiologist, Intuitive Healer, educator and facilitator based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She offers Kinesiology sessions both in-person and via Skype/Zoom all over the world.
Ambha Amanda is the co-creator of Adventures of Staria, which includes a series of Staria cards, and an upcoming book for children (including inner children).