Those tight places…

We all have them, places where we tend to hold on, to tighten up without even realising it. For me and many of my students the shoulders are the biggest culprits with the jaw and eyes following closely behind. Other places that commonly hold unknowingly are the hands, feet, belly, hips, the list goes on and on.

The first step in reducing this type of physical stress is becoming aware of it. Noticing your own little patterns – where you clench, tighten, grip and eventually ache. Yoga is a great way to notice these things but you don’t need to wait until you’re in a yoga class to tune in to them, you can do it right now, take a little tour of your body and notice where you are holding.

The second step is releasing when you notice that tension is beginning to creep in. Consciously softening in those places, reflecting on how this holding is in no way helping to resolve whatever situation has caused it and letting it go. Again our yoga practice helps us to do this, to feel in and create space, to release and soften into a posture or practice, to stretch out those tight places but there is no reason you need to carry it around with you until you get there. Try it now, breathe into those tight places and feel them gently softening, aaaah.

The final step is to begin to break that habit, to notice the tension as it starts to creep in rather than waiting until its there. This isn’t as easy as it may sound but can make a huge difference to how you feel and how you function. Over time practicing steps one and two regularly will lead to this.

May all of your tight places release.

Love and light,