Beyond a broad (Sanskrit) vocabulary of mudras, bandhas, kriyas, asanas, pranayamas and more, my YTT essentially provided me with a skill set to manage myself under pressure, observe and adjust my reactions and maintain a healthy perspective. Short deadline? Just add dhyana. Case of late night nerves? Enter yoga nidra. A no-sleep airplane seat? Bust out some aisle asanas. Plummeting afternoon energy? Voila! Pranayama. I feel as if I have finally found the life toolbox I never had thanks to my YTT - not to mention a hearty rolodex of equally enthusiastic yogis – students and teachers alike – ready at any moment to inspire, commiserate, share and stretch it out with me. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t feel better countering workplace woes with a mat and a mean playlist? Sure beats quivering with sleeplessness, stress and caffeine overdose any day. I’m even thinking about offering some yoga on the house to my coworkers so they too can feel the yoga love and make our workplace even happier and more productive than it already is. As we all know, there’s nothing like a good yogi love fest.
So whether or not you’re able to commit to a YTT, commit to yourself by making you a priority at least as much as you do your job. Your body, mind, attitude, health, relationships, job and maybe even your reaction to that blinking red light on your Blackberry will improve – and all will thank you.
What has yoga taught you about self-care, stress and rest? Let me know how you take care of yourself!