“Lori, why are you so angry ALL the time?!”
There is no denying that anger is one of the most common and familiar emotional responses out there. We find ourselves feeling angry when we’re in a heated disagreement, when nothing is going our way or when someone doesn’t meet our expectations. Like most things in life, there will always be a balance between “good” and “bad.” If anger helps you to “stand-up” for yourself, then anger has served a positive purpose. But, if anger is used to “hurt” someone, then we can all agree that that’s not a good thing…
For me, it’s my quickness of temper that gets me into trouble. Because I am so quick-tempered, the people who I care the most usually are the ones that get hurt, whether they are the sole-cause of it or simply just victims of someone else’s instigation. In order to help me turn this negative energy into something positive, I had decided to take up yoga!
Every Saturday, I participate in what yoga-enthusiasts call “traditional yoga.” Instead of being confined in a studio, I am learning yoga in the grand outdoors. Not only is it helping me save money on getting a massage (my upper right shoulder kills me), it’s teaching me to have compassion for others, to love myself a bit more and to live in the present moment. But, most importantly, it’s teaching me to calm my tits down.
What I hope to accomplish by taking yoga is to, instead of simply reacting to situations, I’d like to get into the habit of taking-a-step back and processing them first. Yoga is a discipline that focuses on controlling one’s breathing, so whenever I find myself feeling impatient or anxious (leads to anger), I begin to practice these breathing exercises – fill yourself with as much air as possible and then exhale it all out. With more oxygen to the brain, it provides a clearer mind.
Not only does yoga help connect your mind, body and soul, it also gives you a great ass! So, for those of you who are looking to improve yourself or needs some self-lovin’, checkout Yogalution Movement. They are donation-based with professional teachers, providing yoga to the community.
Or in this case – Namaste.