As a vata dosha I always tend to feel heavy and slow during spring. The earth is defrosting, animals begin to slowly emerge and the sun shines longer and brighter. My body and mind scream for reset. The ebb and flow of cold and warm cause my body and mind to feel free at times but rather oppressed at others. The shining light I know is coming with summer, my RESET is around the corner.
When thinking of the word reset, the ideas within yoga sutra 2.46 come to mind, "Yoga should be steady, stable and comfortable." When resetting the mind, we let go of thoughts that are unstable, rocky and anything but comfortable. Seeking an escape from the monkey mind that haunts A fresh mind is steady, stable and comfortable, the goal of a mental reset. A goal that can start with the breath. Likewise, a renewed body would be described as steady, stable and comfortable. A direct opposite of a body held by pains, slow movement and foggy brain usually caused by OR causes a stressed and overwhelmed mind. Finding and focusing reset in my breath gives length to my spine, release in tightness and space to where I feel restricted. Gifting my limbs and center with a feeling of steady, stable and comfortable.
Yoga should be steady, stable and comfortable. Body should be steady, stable and comfortable. Mind should be steady, stable and comfortable. Steady, stable and comfortable breath becomes a steady, stable and comfortable body which
becomes a steady, stable and comfortable mind. A steady, stable and comfortable mind + body = a steady, stable and comfortable life. All starting with the gift of breath. RESET in the breath when the sun isn't available. RESET in the breath when warmth isn't available. RESET in the breath when the mind isn't available. REST in the breath when steady, stable and comfortable isn't available. Reset 4-6 method: It's pretty simple: you breathe in for a count of four and exhale for a count of six on a loop with the eyes closed in a comfortable seated or reclined position. As you continue in the loop you begin to focus the mind. As you count, your mind will wander. That’s totally natura, just bring it back to the counting and sensation of breath. It will drift again, bring your attention back again to the count. With this counting and breath exercise intention, the mind naturally starts to align with the breath. As you focus, your attention withdraws from the addictive stream of unsteady, unstable and uncomfortable thought, conclusions, and opinions that the mind is usually fixed on. Your breath finds reset, your body finds reset. Your breath finds reset. Reset = steady, stable and comfortable.
Written by Brooke Halperin
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