2020 has been a real roller coaster.
I think most of us have been through the whole gamut of emotions this year--sometimes even within a single day.
We're facing a pandemic with risks to our health and life, extreme economic uncertainty, political chaos and division, social isolation, grief and loss just to name a few.
Never in our lives have we had so little control over our outside circumstances.
Which means it's never been more important to turn inward and focus on the things we can control.
We can't stop the storm from raging all around us, but we can root ourselves down into the "soil" of our inner being to seek nourishment and strength so that we can withstand it.
We can remain adaptable and flexible so that fierce winds can bend us but never break us.
We can mourn the loss of a few branches while being grateful that after the storm has passed on, we can still stand tall.
When we're feeling carried away by the winds and the rain and the thunder, when we are overwhelmed by fear, anxiety, sadness or stress, we can use breath and movement to ground ourselves and shift our emotions naturally from within.
Sometimes it takes no more than a quick and simple regular movement practice to divert our negative feelings and trick our bodies into feeling better.
When we are rooted and grounded from within, we feel calm and become much better able to withstand any storm.
Stress Relief Workshop
Yamê is a Brazilian-American
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