Sep 152014
 

Every time we time we come to our mats, we have a chance to take a pause from life, be present, focus inward, and breathe. I’m back at school now and I feel like I’ve already been thrown back into the craziness. I recently interviewed for an internship with Vineyard Vines and was asked how I would handle a particularly difficult or stressful situation. I paused a minute before answering. If I had been asked this question a few months ago I would not have been in a good position to answer it mostly because I would’ve been completely overwhelmed and stressed at the time.
But, what I’ve come to realize is that I, and think this holds true for a lot of us, often create my own problems. The stories we tell ourselves in our mind can make it seem like things are much worse than they actually are. Now that I have a pretty regular yoga practice in my life I have found new tools to use when my schedule gets hectic and classes get busy. So, I told my interviewer, the head of the human resources department, that I would first take a deep breath. Then I would look at what needed to be done, find out what I know and what I don’t to get a picture of what exactly needs to get filled in, and approach the project one step at time.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the big picture and feel so small compared to ten million things on the “to do” list. Yet, somehow we all always manage to get everything that needs to be done accomplished. It’s completely normal to stress about it all, but I think sometimes we stress because we feel like we should be stressed. We are capable of managing what is handed to us. When we look at what needs to be done and take it step-by-step, we realize that the stress really wasn’t all it. When we focus inwards on our mats we find a sense of stillness and clam. Our yoga practice, our yoga therapy, allows us to let go of some our stress and what I’ve found in the past couple of months, is that establishing a daily practice and taking time to delve into the teachings of yoga and spend time with good people has given me the tools the tap into the calm and level-headedness I’ve found on my mat and use it in everyday life. When we surrender ourselves to our practice, I think we can find a lot of power in what we discover about ourselves and use it tolead better, happier, calmer lives.

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