If the sound of holiday sleigh bells is starting to get on your nerves, you may appreciate these two ways to relieve tension quickly.
First, try the meditation below from Meditation for Moms, the forthcoming book by Dancing Crow Yoga teacher Kim Dwyer. (Yay, Kim!)
Or watch the brief animation below. Like practicing Kim's meditation, it may give you a little taste of calm.
Fay and Mid
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Excerpt from Meditations for Moms by Kim Dwyer
"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do...but how much love we put in that action." - Mother Teresa
If it's not going well, and you feel yourself moments away from blowing a gasket, you need a time-out to calm the homework hurricane building inside. [This is from a passage in Kim's book that discusses dealing with kids and homework.]
Forward-bending postures will calm the nervous system Try this short, simple exercise.
Stand in your mountain pose with your feet hip-width apart. Soften your knees so they are slightly bent. Reach your arms up above your head, inhale, and as you exhale, fold over to touch your toes or reach close to them. Hang like a rag doll. Your head should not have any tension. Stay for a few breaths. You can sway back and forth, sweeping your fingertips side to side. Come up slowly, rolling one vertebra over the other like you are stacking coins. Your head should come up last. You can do this as many times as you would like, to feel calm and refreshed.