Finding Refuge from an Overwhelming World

Finding Refuge from an Overwhelming World

In an article in the latest issue of Yoga Journal, Judith Hanson Lasater shares how you can take a refuge from the busyness and stress. As she says, “(refuge) is not about running away, but rather it is about deciding what you want to move toward. Refuge is not dependent upon a location at all. Rather, it is actually an intention we can choose.”

Being present in our lives helps us to navigate the world. Practices such as meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and breathwork calm the mind and body so can experience a different way of living that is not full of angst.

Judith also says, “The ultimate self-care is recognizing that you are more than your surface self and remember to act from this realization. When you do this, you may feel a spontaneous and sometimes surprising upwelling of kindness, compassion, and joy.”

“Restorative Yoga poses are particularly helpful. For example, time spent reposing in a supported Savasana (Corpse Pose) can reinforce that you are “enough” and have value simply because you exist. That’s because Savasana tells your nervous system that is it OK to let go: that you do not have to be doing and producing all of the time in order to feel full and content with who you are.”

At Meditate Madison, I offer restorative yoga now on Wednesdays at 7 pm for our Mid-Week Rest & Restore and in private sessions. Here at the studio, you will also learn to give yourself self-care in mind, body & spirit. I look at the studio as a refuge for you to explore your inner self, receive relaxation, and cultivate a calm mind. I know I feel that way every time I enter the doors to meet you. Think of it as a home away from home where you are cared for and welcomed.

In the group sessions, you can join with others of like-mind and learn techniques to help you relax and calm your mind, and rest and restore your body. Through private sessions you can get personalized attention to the areas in your life that need it. If you are not sure in what areas you need assistance, take the free self-care assessment. If you are interested in private sessions, contact me.

To read more of Judith Hanson Lasater’s article go to Yoga Journal’s site.

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Meditate Madison is a small, intimate studio on the Northside of Madison.

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