Hi! I am Jill -- single mother of 3; divorced twice; sister; daughter; yoga instructor; small business owner; spiritual seeker; ridiculously fallible human; founder of Uttara Yoga Studio in Roanoke, Virginia. I offer advice for life and living using the ancient tools and techniques of yoga.
Yoga is a science for solving human problems. I do not purport to have all the answers, but there are techniques that have literally saved me, and I would be honored to share.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Ask Uttara: If I only have five minutes . . . and I NEED to gather myself together... What is the best thing to do and say to myself?
Wow – five minutes?Yes, been there; I understand.
The first thing you need to do is check in
with your body; allow your breath to deepen and perhaps try a mudra (a symbolic
gesture using the hands).The grounding
mudra is a good one if you are stressed, fearful or scattered -- lightly touch
the tips of your thumbs to your ring fingers.(Right hand thumb to right hand ring finger; left hand thumb to left hand
ring finger). If you are angry, confused
or just don’t know what to do, then the memory mudra would be the way to go –
gently touching the tips of your fingers together.I’ve attached some photos, check them out.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply.Release your tongue from the roof of your
mouth and soften your face.If you have
been anticipating a stressful moment or day, take a few moments to visualize
the very best possible scenario.See
yourself in your mind and you are smiling; you are kind; you are being your
Hakini (Memory) Mudra
This couple moments is also a great time for
you to use a mantra or prayer or any positive thinking phrase.
The Sanskrit phrase “Om Namah Shivaya” will
help you to access your inner wisdom. If you don't know how to pronounce that, check it out on YouTube.
The Serenity Prayer perhaps – “God/Goddess, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the
courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
You have to choose something that is meaningful to you; it
can be something you use regularly; or it may just pop into your mind in that
Remember that everything in your life has
prepared you for this moment; there isn’t anything you are given that you do
not have the tools to deal with.
sure that when you have MORE than five minutes that you do indeed make time for self-care, for
fun, for joy in your life.Life can be a
big slog through the mud OR a joy-filled wonder; the difference is not what
happens to you, but your attitude towards it.