Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Reset Button

On the Mat

Monday’s Yoga (10/18/10)

I always need some quiet time to unwind before I try to go to sleep, which is one of the reasons I like to do yoga before bed.  I find that it sets the mood quite well for a good sleep.  On Monday night, I had a phone date with a very handsome man, and our conversation could have kept me up all night—you know how it is when you’re crazy about someone!—but we said good night a little after 9 PM and I had to find a way to calm down so I could get to sleep easily.

To relax my way into slumber, I did Gentle Hatha Yoga #2, which is one of the Hatha yoga classes that I don’t do very often.  I don’t know why, as I haven’t done a detailed comparison between this class and the other two options (#1 and #3).  At any rate, it’s nice to mix things up so one doesn’t get bored with her yoga, so #2 it was.  And it was lovely, relaxing and calming, just as I have come to expect from my yoga.  In lieu of vacation, it’s the best reset button I know.  The hard part, of course, is being disciplined enough to take deep breaths, to voluntarily slow down, but the result is more than worth the effort.

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