I know, I know. It sounds weird. It sounds like some hippy-dippy type of shit (I'm into that type of shit, though, let's be real), but I am about to embark on aSOUL cleanse, ya'll! Join me? Ok, I'll tell you more about it first :)
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So, because I’m taking part in a “Yoga for Emotional Wellness” workshop, we have little "assignments." These assignments range from journaling to practicing pranayama and asana. Anyway, one of the assignments is to do what’s called a “1-minute Breath” meditation. Ideally, you breathe in for 20 counts, hold for 20 counts, and then exhale for 20 counts. This is super difficult to do, so many of us are doing it for 10. It’s supposed to help relax and calm the body/mind, as well as bring a sense of clarity. Before starting, you must “tune in”—as in all Kundalini meditations: “Ong namo guru dev namo."
I'm going to be doing a "Wellness Cleanse" through the yoga studio I attend. It consists of eating healthy (mostly veg. or vegan) and then doing liquids for three days (broth and smoothies). Throughout it all, we have meetings to talk about our feelings and all that glorious stuff. We also have restorative yoga classes, as well as vinyasa classes that we will be taking. An "Intuitive Healer" is coming and we're also touring the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park, which is amazing and enormous. All of this is awesome, but I'm so nervous. I've never done a cleanse, and the last time I was on a liquid diet, it was for quite some time when I was extremely ill, and my doctor put me on it--it was not fun. So, needless to say, I have some PTSD from that whole situation. I'm also just worried, because I'm not sure how I will do. I have difficulty trusting my body, and I'm always symptomatizing. My anxiety disorder tends to show itself through physical symptoms, and instead of just "being" with my feelings, I try to intervene--I take some form of "medicine", when really, I should just let it be. I'm constantly afraid of feeling "off."