If you are amongst one of the millions of people who reside abroad then you know that everything can get chaotic really fast. We must adjust to differing cultures, customs, languages, food, and lifestyles. How does one maintain balance amongst such disorder? Releasing all of the built up anxiety on your mat, keeping up the one thing that can always remain the same: your yoga practice. As an American residing in one of the largest city in the world, Shanghai, China, I’ve come to learn the importance of a regular practice for a balanced life.
We are a curious generation. We take on multiple roles in search for happiness, fulfillment, and excitement. We overschedule because we are hungry. We are hungry for life; to live, to travel, to experience, to meet, to love… to be. When we fail we get discouraged. When we take everything on, we lose our personal time. When we overschedule, we become sleep deprived. We become anxious. What’s next? Where do I need to be today? How did I forget to schedule this/that? When will I have time for myself? Our schedules are so tight; we don’t have time for any disarray.
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Breathe. Be present. Do your sun salutations. Thank your body for allowing you to be so mobile. A steady yoga practice at face value is so beneficial for our bodies. A steady yoga practice at the subconscious level allows us to evaluate and appreciate. It is our time: our time to meditate, to re-evaluate, and to balance.