How are you? I mean, how are you REALLY? In times of crisis, it can be hard to feel good or be productive. Many of you are adjusting to working from home 24/7 while it feels like the world is in shambles. Kids are out of school, and god forbid someone you care about starts coughing.

Now doesn’t feel like a good time to relax… but that’s exactly why it’s the perfect time to relax. 

I’m 5 years deep as a certified Bikram Yoga Teacher so I may know a little something about that.  Before I started teaching yoga, I didn’t understand the value of pacing myself and finding my breath like I do now. Yoga has turned out to be the perfect compliment to my career as a CPA & Profit & Growth Advisor.  It’s taught me how to stay grounded in the face of stress. And it’s safe to say we’ve all been facing a lot of stress lately.  

So you’re probably wondering what the hell is Bikram Yoga? Well, it’s basically the original hot yoga. Every class features the same 26 set of postures and 2 breathing exercises, is taught by a Bikram-certified instructor (I was trained in Thailand couped up in a dreamy resort overlooking cool waters) and takes place in a 105-degree, 40% humidity carpeted room. 

The three principles of Bikram Yoga are: breath, posture and deep relaxation. I practice these principles while I’m teaching and during my day-to-day life. You don’t have to turn up the heat or the humidifier for this one – just remember to incorporate these ideals into your every day. That’s the key. You can’t leave mindfulness on the yoga mat – you need  to take it with you! 

When I’m feeling anxious or stressed, I shut off my laptop, straighten my posture, and breathe long, deep and slow until I feel a sense of relaxation to begin. I hold that position for as long as I need. 

Breathe →  Posture → Deep Relaxation 

No it’s not as easy as it sounds, but taking ten minutes out of your day to do this can be a game changer. 

Health is wealth. There is nothing more important than that. Before tending to your kids, parents, partners or doing work from home, you have to make sure you’re okay first. It’s important to remember and practice that, especially during these trying unprecedented times. 

 

Wishing you peace and joy, 

Chika  

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