Guest Blog: Your practice can support you

Guest Blog: Your practice can support you

I learn something every single time I step onto my yoga mat.  Sometimes it’s an incredible new lesson.  Sometimes it’s simply a gentle reminder.  But it never fails and I always step off the mat more inspired and connected than when I started.  I’ll be guest blogging each month to share my latest lesson from the mat with Kristin’s community.

Lessons from the mat: Your practice can support you

I don’t know about you but asking for help has never been my strength.  Too often I try to do it all myself instead of seeking out support.  One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from my yoga practice is that I don’t need to rely on my own strength.  My practice can be my support and it offers me all of the tools I need to move through my life with greater ease.

Recently, I was having a particularly hard day at work in addition to the personal stresses of a sick pet and the death of a family member.  I was feeling overwhelmed and knew that I was seconds away from tears.  In that moment I busted out my favorite yoga pose.  As I stood there, in my office, in tree pose I found my center.  The stresses were all still there but I was experiencing them with more ease.  I surrendered control and allowed my practice to support me.  And it was a beautiful reminder that I am not meant to handle everything on my own.

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3 tips for asking for help

  1. Start where you are!  Sometimes it is easier to ask for help in our journals, on our meditations pillows, or on the mat – and that is okay.  Start by asking the universe (God, spirit, angels, inner guide, whatever floats your boat) for help.  Use this mantra: “I release (fill in the blank) to you.  Please help me to see things differently.  I trust that I am being guided and supported.
  2. Take the help that is being offered to you!  I can’t count the number of times that I’ve been stressed to the max and someone offered me help.  And not even just a casual “How can I help?”  but concrete help – offering to walk the dog, make dinner, or help me with my work.  And I almost always say no.  Why?  Help is being offered up on a silver platter and I know that it would relieve some of the pressure and yet I still say no.
  3. Ask for what you need!  Raise your hand if you’re ever found yourself knowing exactly what you need from someone else (a coworker, friend, loved one) and just as you’re about to ask for it you swallow your words?  (My hand is raised high!)  The next time you find yourself in this position, just spit it out.  More likely than not the person on the receiving end will be more than happy to help you.  They’ve probably been waiting for you to ask.  And you will feel so much more supported.

Let’s commit to asking for help for 30 days just to see what happens!

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