the log book
Study after study these days is hip to the importance of the relaxation response. You know, the feel good you get post-savasana, meditation or certain pranayam (breath practices). Why is this important? Shouldn’t our energy be focused on moving more, getting fitter, losing weight, to stay healthy? Yes, and er.. no. Public health enemy number one these days appears to be stress (and its direct links to heart disease, obesity, and so on) which is why that restorative yoga class might be a better antidote than another week of full-on cardio.
If you have been to my class, you probably know how much I love to move. Physical yoga asana practice is an essential part of my life, and without it I feel lost. That's why, for me, a seated meditation practice is worlds more challenging than, say, a forearm stand scorpion pose.
What do you mean I just have to sit here?! Can't I do this upside down?!?! I should probably do some core work instead...
But I've discovered that mindfulness meditation is as crucial as plank pose, both for my work on the mat and in the outside world.
When I started practicing (emphasis on practicing) meditation about 15 years ago, I coined a term called the ridiculous minimum, this is the amount of time one will commit to a given action that is so unbelievably small that said person would feel silly not following through. I am still waiting for the term to go viral so I can genuinely coin this term…in the meantime it has served me and a handful of other folks in my life abundantly.