Today the words “work-life balance” have taken on an entirely new meaning. Our daily routines from just a few months ago are out the window. Work stressors are completely different. Whether you are working from home for the first time or facing the community as an essential worker, you are now operating in unknown territories. Parenting is also full of new responsibilities—teaching assistant, activity director and entertainment coordinator—to name a few. Spikes to daily fear and anxiety are to be expected when you add all of this to a roller coaster economy, ongoing information overload, and the isolating reality of social distancing. Stress easily takes over and can negatively impact you both physically and mentally. So, as you begin to navigate this “new normal” how do you successfully process and manage stress?
The first step in processing the stress is to recognize it and choosing to face it. Baron Baptiste, founder of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, offered this during a recent interview, “By embracing what I was feeling—pain, sadness, fear, resentment, or whatever was there—something unlocked and opened up in me. My energy shifted. It felt like something lifted and let me go.”
Ready to face the fear? Ready to let go of the stress, anxiety, and fear? Ready for an energy shift?
Yoga is a tool of self-care that can equip you not only to survive but thrive in difficult circumstances. If you haven’t practiced yoga previously or recently, you may ask why is it the right tool, right now.
- You can do yoga easily from home. Unlike some activities, you can practice yoga in a small space with little to no equipment.
- Yoga is easily managed for any physical ability. People of all ages and fitness levels can do the most basic yoga poses and stretches. Your yoga practice can be restful and restorative or physically active, depending your abilities and your desire to expand yourself.
- Yoga offers connection. In our current time of social and physical distancing, Yoga Body Shop is proud to offer virtual live sessions. These sessions offer a more complete experience, allowing guidance from our teachers and connection to our community, both valuable opportunities in this time of isolation.
- Simply put—YOGA works. Study after study for the last decade has shown that yoga is a successful strategy for managing stress. After consistently practicing yoga, people experience less anxiety and depression. In addition, increased gratitude, compassion, empowerment, self-esteem, compassion, and self-awareness are often the results of regular yoga practice. All leading to a more balance personal sense of well-being and health.
“During these uncertain times, it’s easy for us to fall back onto our fears and listen to our old story that we made up… History has shown us that the best leaders, organizations, and innovations have risen from times of crisis. This time in our lives is no different… By being present, we’ll be able to clearly see these opportunities. This isn’t the time for us to panic or break down. It’s time for us to be present, do the work and create history. When you are present, fear dissolves.” We hear this statement from Baron Baptiste and are inspired by the challenge to step up.
As the area’s only Baptiste affiliate studio, Yoga Body Shop, is proud to contribute to our community’s successful handling of this crisis by offering Baptiste Yoga, despite social distancing. The three practices of Baptiste Yoga, Asana, Meditation, and Inquiry allow patterns of negative thinking that lead to stress and anxiety to be broken. Furthermore, they allow a “Shift” to “Happen”. We know that by being present for our community and connecting them to these practices, Shift will Happen. Again, we ask, are you ready for an energy shift? Join the community online now.