Things are out of alignment.
Not my breaks. Not my shoulder. My eating.
Initially, my thoughts went to …. MUST CONTROL. MUST USE WILLPOWER. MUST enable FORCE.
Like that EVER worked well in the past!
Just like a yoga pose, I need to flow into gentle eating once again. That means checking in with my hunger and satisfaction signals. It means allowing myself not to feel stuffed all the time -with food and my emotions.
It means learning how to deal with down time without food.
* Listening to relaxation cds
* Walking by myself
* Going to the pool solo
* Reading a trashy magazine
* Organize my front closet (horrors)
In a yoga class, I can get back into alignment by looking at my form, using my instructor’s cues, have my instructor do an adjustment.
Off the mat, I can look back at what felt good before in my body, I can listen to my helping professionals and be vulnerable with them & myself, I can organize/prepare my groceries into healthful, nurturing meals.
From Bikram Yoga Andersonville:
“You are so interesting. Just notice yourself. Feel your body in the posture without judging it. Be still. If there’s some alignment issue you’d like to change, just notice it. You’ll get it next time. Right now, be still and feel your body.”
I’m really not good at being still.
What are your alignment suggestions when going off the mat?