Worry, Stress, Anxiety and Panic

Grace & EaseMy Mom used to say if you want to learn something – teach it!  I don’t know about y’all, but I need to learn once again how to better use yoga to calm stress with big life changes ahead.  Therefore, I’m beginning a new class series (May, 2017) on how to use meditation, scriptures, yoga and breath (pranyama) to soothe the soul.

I have suffered with bouts of panic since I was 27 years old, and took three medications at times to control it.  Three years ago I conquered panic I thought once and for all using Victorious or Ujjayi Breath.  However, recently recovering from a long lasting concussion, and huge life changes on the horizon, I’m battling the old enemy of fear once again.  Taking my Mom’s advice, I am doing my 500 hour Masters Holy Yoga Thesis on Stress, Anxiety and Panic.  Join me in learning how to combat these negative energies which cause so much harm to the body, increasing cortisol levels which can lead to heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, increased food-seeking behavior and high blood pressure (McCall, 2014).  If you cannot make it to my local classes, I’ll be posting videos to follow along at home.  We can do this!  I did it three years ago, and with God’s help, I will do it again!

Here is a link to an overview of the four class series I taught in May, 2017 to reduce stress:

4 Class Series Overview – Reducing Stress

Reference:

McCall, T. (5/27/2014) Count on Yoga: 38 Ways Yoga Keeps You Fit, Yoga Journal, Retrieved from:  http://www.yogajournal.com/health/1634?print=1 5/8

What is Chair Yoga?

There are many different types of yoga for all ages and abilities.  Chair Yoga is for those who have difficulty getting up and down off the floor.  Poses are done seated or standing with the support of a wall or chair.  I began teaching Chair Yoga while recovering from a long lasting concussion, and was amazed at how you can achieve most of the same benefits seated or standing, as you can in regular yoga.  Below is a glimpse of what we do in Chair Yoga:

Shine, shine, SHINE! :-)

Do you allow your light to shine?

Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT) says:

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

So when I read that, it seems like it’s telling us to “show off” our good deeds?  That seems a bit prideful doesn’t it?  As I thought more about the meaning of this verse, I was reminded of a gal who was in Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) and promising to be a great instructor, but she didn’t think she would ever actually teach because (like me at an earlier age) she was painfully shy.

How many times do we allow our own insecurities hold us back from sharing our gifts with others that could really help them?  If you recall, great leaders in the Bible had the same fears.  Moses protested to God when asked to lead His people out of Egyptian bondage because he didn’t think he could speak well.  Queen Esther was afraid to approach the king to save her people.  Jonah ran the opposite way where God was leading him to preach….and was swallowed up by a whale.  Peter walked on the water with Jesus, but began to sink when he allowed fear to creep into his mind.

When we stop focusing on our darkness, our imperfections and fears, and look at how we can help others with our gifts, talents and knowledge, that is when we can let our light really shine!  And when everyone allows their light to shine, we are a reflection of His glory that illuminates the path for others to see God’s love.

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