Truth be told, before I started practicing yoga, I didn’t give much thought to the environment, or how to help save the planet. I’ve always loved animals and nature and a good beach day, but sustainability wasn’t top of mind. I also loved shopping, fast food, and all the latest things. Every week bags of trash would go out on the street. I think we recycled, but I’m not sure.
But then something shifted.
For the most part our breath is on autopilot. We breathe whether we think about it or not (thank goodness, got enough on my plate!)
BUT what’s so interesting is that if we do start to think about our breath, we begin to control it. We can consciously slow it down, speed it up, pause it. Our awareness affects our breath. Breath is the ONLY function in the body like that. That’s why breath is so special.
Ah yes, the modern cycle of late nights and early morning coffee.
It’s something that seems fine and sustainable. Or so I thought.. when working 80+ hours a week in finance and later at tech startups. It kept me going when I was running on little sleep, crappy food, no exercise, and brain fog. But was coffee really helping or was it a band-aid?
As we practice, we release a lot of energy. “Exhale, release anything that no longer serves you…” Energy doesn’t just disappear. Some of it transfers into our space and onto our mat.
That’s why it’s such an important practice to regularly cleanse your mat and your space of negative energy that may have gotten stuck.
We’ve all been there. We look on the schedule, see that fire yoga class starting in less than 30 minutes, and think, “YES, I can DO THIS.” You drop everything and run out the door.
Then you get the studio, open your bag, and @#$%! — you forgot your yoga shorts...