Sunday, August 5, 2012

Yoga for a Broken Heart - Part 2- Deep Rest

When was the last time you rested deeply?  Really allowed yourself just to sink into a deeply restorative rest. All to often the definition of our practice is active, working out, getting a great sweat. And reserve time for resting when we are on vacation kicking our feet up with a good book, but even then you are not resting your mind is still active. My task for you this week is to allow yourself just 20 minutes EVERY DAY to do nothing but restore. Let go of doing.

 Our yoga journey is meant to help us reclaim that part of ourselves that is never changing, that part of us that is the same as it was before we had a name. In order to do this we need to let go of resistance. Mostly we are aware of the resistance of outer circumstances, but how often do we consider the inner resistances that hold us back,  mainly the endless cycle of  negative thinking that you may not even notice as you move busily about your day. You would be surprised at what you can accomplish when you let go of resistance.

The biggest challenge may be to find 20 minutes in the day to do the practice or a quiet place to do it. But this is part of self care. Part of your commitment to healing yourself. Motivate yourself and know that you are important enough to take this time  out for healing. Even if it means going into the closet or sitting in your car to get away. It is our birthright to be peaceful and free. This is one of the most important steps to realizing that freedom.

Here is a link to the deep relaxation practice. Let me know how you do!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Tracee Stanley:
    Your upcoming Omega workshop, “Yoga for a Broken Heart” caught my eye. I am writing to inquire if you are interested in writing a self-help trade book for New Harbinger Publications applying your yogic practices to a broken heart, break-up, betrayal, loss, etc. I’d be interested in talking with you about this or other book ideas that you may be interested in. We're looking for books that appeal to both lay and professional audiences and offers theory, step-by-step techniques, and examples. At New Harbinger Publications, we publish trade books based on scientifically-proven clinical research.

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    • Yoga for Anxiety: Meditations and Practices for Calming the Body and Mind by Mary NurrieStearns LCSW, RYT, Rick NurrieStearns
    • Yoga for Pain Relief: Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind and Heal Your Chronic Pain by Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.

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    I look forward to exploring the possibility of publishing a book with you, or your colleagues that might be interested, through New Harbinger Publications. I can be reached via telephone at (510) 594-6134. Or, via email at

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    All the best,

    Wendy Millstine, NC
    Acquisitions Editor
    New Harbinger Publications
    5674 Shattuck Avenue
    Oakland, CA 94609
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