The Irish poet/philosopher, John O’Donohue, once said that stress is a perverted relationship to time. Many of us live with a nagging feeling that we never have enough time and that we have somehow become its victim. This sensation intensifies when we forget that it is possible, even within a tremendously hectic schedule, to make time for being. Yoga provides us that very opportunity: to stop in the name of peace, to be instead of to do. You might even say that yoga teaches us to become connoisseurs of being, and from that vital foundation, “doing” can become a whole lot more skillful and enjoyable.
Now I can already hear my friends and family members who might be reading this email scoffing at my own perverted relationship to time since I’ve been known throughout my life to run late. Fair enough. And it might also be true that I’ve become such a great connoisseur of being that I routinely fail to scratch off every single item on my to-do list. However, if I could give my best impersonation of John Goodman from The Big Lebowski, I would simply say, “Calmer than you are, dude.” This week’s new releases were created to help you release daily stress through enhanced breathing. Front Body Bliss is a quadriceps-stretching, hip flexor-releasing bonanza that will lead you to a place of ease and lightness in the front of your chest. Then Stress Relief 4 is my go-to restorative sequence for calming the nervous system and quieting an agitated mind. Happy breathing! Hope you enjoy!