In this time of deciding whether to move back out into the world, the Better Business Bureau asked us to be part of this short clip. While the uncertainty of small business and so much else is real, there are things at Sewall House yoga retreat that we feel we can practice every day to remember to be in a place of gratitude instead of fear. (yes you can come retreat with us as of JULY, precautions in place)
In league with the uncertainty and change that has caused us to look at our lives differently, we just created a private Facebook Forum called Balance Beyond Comfort. In my memoir, published in August 2019, Balancing with Bunions, the theme of going through discomfort in our lives to achieve balance is throughout its pages. Whether it is a physical pain, such as injury or illness, of a mental pain, such as loss or grief, or emotional pain that brings us to a brink of depression or anxiety, there truly is balance on the other side. Self study, svadhyaya (what-are-the-yamas-and-niyamas/) is a big part of yoga and when we are in pain of any sort it is helpful to look at our habits first, to ask ourselves are they constructive or destructive?
Just a few days ago, as I tried to understand the new reservation system we have put on the yoga retreat website, along with other technology things I am attempting to learn, feelings of inability and lack of self confidence overwhelmed me. It triggered some irrational emotions, which at the time I tried to, but could, not control. Rest, breath and mental awareness helped me shift it over, if not immediately, quite quickly, pushing through the discomfort to the other side. The discomfort was real, as was the resulting balance of pushing through it.
The first question I asked on this new Facebook Forum, created less than twenty four hours ago, was how yoga has helped your life. For so many it creates balance and grounding, calming and clarifying. Stress was real before the pandemic and it is real today.
Yoga, meditation, and anything that soothes your soul are important things to include, whether you do it in a group, alone or, so available during this time, online. (look for our classes online at vivayalive).
Another thing one can look at is how we approach the changes we want to make in our life.
Being part of a yoga community, such as the family we have created over the years at Sewall House yoga retreat in Maine, or in New York city, is a great way to share with others in a safe environment. One of the things we are grateful for here at Sewall House is all the abounding nature we can share with each other, and if not in person, then with photos on social media or in our newsletters. the-healing-power-of-nature just as a Young TR healed in this home
We want to thank the BBB for inviting us to be a part of this inspiring little clip- whatever your challenges or dreams may be, we hope to a part of your yoga community and support you with your life journey, vulnerable, raw and open to change, not a band aid, but true healing.