holiday stress

Holiday stress is not what she wants. Here’s a suggestion.

Relaxation 101

It’s inevitable, stress is inevitable, especially during the holidays. Why is that? I’m part of a very small, mostly Jewish, family.

Generally speaking we do not “celebrate” in any big, formal way. I do not have tons of social, religious, or personal obligations or desires to fulfill.

Nevertheless, the holiday stress has arrived!

And so this pose, a supported or “resting” uttanasana. If you’ve ever done yoga, perhaps by just looking at this position, done by my friend and fellow yoga teacher Ann, you can actually feel what’s going on.

Bliss

Her bare feet, spreading wide on the mat, feel freed and open. Her straightened legs are stretching her calves and hamstrings, freeing her back muscles. Her back is wide, and supported by her front body, gently stretching.

Bliss

Her head and arms are supported, allowing her mind to rest. The front of her body: her belly, chest, head, and face are supported and calmed.

If you can, go to an Iyengar yoga class to learn this pose. If you can’t, buy a book. You won’t regret it.

Earring of the Day

I like this deco style earring, I like it a lot. It’s from ‘my people’ at Need Supply Co. I think I’ll be giving a little gift idea here, for the foreseeable future, or, until Christmas. Perhaps something just for yourself.

Quoting

“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable, mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”

-Barbara Katz Rothman

Ann—strong, competent, capable.

Anita

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