A yoga trainer will usually use this phrase throughout a category, and it will be simple to dismiss this as not essentially having any substance. However take into consideration this for only a second – each time I press a key, and kind a letter or phrase on this article, helps decide what comes subsequent. Each by way of the sentence, and the way that influences the paragraph and framing of the article as an entire. Being current helps me glide and adapt accordingly. I discover synchronizing ideas, actions and emotions therapeutic, not overly involved about how the story unfolds.
As a father of dual boys, with a full-time desk job and as a part-time yoga trainer, I discover it arduous to be ‘current’, and I’m positive that I’m not alone. There are such a lot of distractions in our lives, it may be arduous to concentrate on a single factor for a second. Not to mention ourselves which tends to fall down the pecking order when ‘being current’.
Think about this – what number of instances do you verify your telephone in a day?
However display monitoring instruments that robotically tot this up, it’s possible that you simply considerably underestimate this. I definitely do, and paradoxically have discovered that as my social media presence has elevated since changing into a yoga trainer, so my time spent on my telephone, has elevated considerably as I ‘check-in’. You possibly can argue that by checking emails, and social media like and feedback is ‘being current’ nevertheless it’s vital to ask whether or not checking in so regularly is de facto serving you.
It’s not simply by use of expertise, however many points of our lives the place we’re challenged to be current. What number of instances are we misplaced in thought whereas consuming, ingesting, strolling the canine, having a shower or heaven forbid, whereas listening to household, pals or colleagues speaking? It’s simply too simple for the thoughts to take over, and our lives to be misplaced in a world of historic ideas or future plans, quite than being current and experiencing the sensations of the second.
Now, it’s not so simple as clicking a finger and dwelling each second within the second, particularly round this time of 12 months. The festive interval could be notably difficult to be current as a result of our lives usually go into overdrive with many distractions. Coupled with rising ranges of fatigue after an extended 12 months, this will make it all of the tougher to concentrate on one factor at a time.
With a lot vying for our consideration, how can yoga assist us be extra Christmas current?
I usually start my Yoga for Males courses by inviting my college students to shut their eyes, recognizing the atmosphere they’re inside. Emphasizing their senses as they arrive to the fore. By turning our consideration inwards can take us out of a pondering mode, to sensing one thing so simple as the change in air temperature as we breathe out and in on a crisp winter’s day or feeling the wrap-around heat on the pores and skin from an open hearth.
Dwell and breathe it
A respiratory observe serves many functions, starting from unlocking vitality inside the physique, to supporting muscle launch. I really like utilizing my breath as a bridge between the physique and thoughts, bringing a better sense of self-awareness and steadiness to my observe. A busy festive interval can overstimulate the nervous system and be bodily and mentally exhausting. Discovering time for the breath could be difficult however so useful. Search for pockets of time to elongate the breath, corresponding to in a grocery store queue. Take time to check-in with the breath whenever you take a look at.
Shifting away from rigidity
I invite my college students to be current by closing their eyes by a brief sequence to immerse themselves within the sensations. Alternatively, to hunt out refined actions, being interested by how this feels. Many people might be taking long-haul flights or cross-country highway and rail journeys to see household and pals over the festive interval. Sitting for prolonged intervals shouldn’t be good, as we regularly retailer rigidity within the neck, shoulders, again and hips when seated. I personally discover neck rotations, shoulder rolls and cat/cow poses to be vastly useful when educating chair yoga courses. Be interested by the place rigidity is held, and transfer the physique in a manner that eases it.
It’s the thought that counts
Lots of my Yoga for Males college students initially come to my courses with bodily ambitions, corresponding to wanting to the touch their toes. As they delve deeper, different advantages, together with to their thoughts, start to emerge. When we’ve a lot on our plate (and never simply the Christmas dinner), life can develop into overwhelming. Search for alternatives to search out quiet time for the thoughts, corresponding to by stepping away from the maddening Excessive Avenue crowds to an area inexperienced area. Sit and be nonetheless, acknowledging ideas as they rise and fall, directing consideration to the character that surrounds us.
Congratulations if in case you have remained current for lengthy sufficient to learn this far. Being current could be very difficult, so be grateful as you maintain onto any treasured micro-moments that come up over the festive interval, and be hungry for extra within the New Yr.
Rob is a yoga practitioner from Bristol, England with over 10 years’ expertise. He’s also referred to as YogaDad which resonates as a Dad of dual boys. Rob’s philosophy is to encourage these that will not have thought of yoga earlier than to present it a attempt. He seeks to interrupt down stereotypes of typical yoga practitioners – this consists of by his widespread Yoga for Males courses. Rob has numerous media appearances below his belt – this consists of tv and radio interviews with main media companies – BBC, ITV and Sky TV.