HOLIDAY STRESS RELIEF
Shift the holiday blues to holiday bliss with
a few techniques inspired by Naam Yoga
BY RENATA SPIRONELLO AND DR. JOSEPH MICHAEL LEVRY
PHOTO BY ROBERT STURMAN
While we look forward to the busy schedule, festive food, and family time during
the Holiday season, it is rare that this time goes by completely stress free. Fortunately, Naam Yoga offers us techniques to relieve stress and shift our energy and
state of mind. These few simple practices, which are derived from the teachings
of Naam Yoga, can be performed during your regular yoga practice or any time
throughout your day to inspire truly happy holidays.
BEGIN YOUR DAY HAPPY WITH CLAPPING!
When we can begin our day happy, it is much easier to continue to feel positive
throughout the day. Naam Yoga uses clapping to bring joy into life. Clapping
stimulates all of the reflexology points on the hand that correspond to the various
organs of the body, cultivating health bringing balance and, and promoting healthy
circulation. Hands are extensions of the heart, which is where true happiness is
generated. When combined with positive affirmations, clapping will prepare you to
take on anything with a smile.
Try chanting this out loud:
Wah, I am Happy!
Wah, I am Healthy!
Wah, I am Positive!
Wah, I am Joyful!
Then try adding these movements to the chant:
“Wah” (tap the back palms to knees)
“I Am” (clap your hands)
“Happy” (bring hands directly on heart center)
“Wah” (bring hands directly on heart center)
“I Am” (clap your hands)
“Healthy” (lift arms overhead in “V” & look up to the sky)
Practice for at least 3 minutes each morning.
REPLACE ANGER WITH CALMNESS
Spending the holidays with loved ones can be as stressful as it is joyful. This year,
choose calm over frustration. To remove frustration and anger:
Place your hands in Gyan Mudra (right image), the arms are bent, elbows resting against the rib cage, hands at shoulder level and palms facing forward. Inhale
slowly through the mouth with your tongue curled and extended (if you can – if not
purse your lips) and exhale through the nose. Continue for at least three minutes.
LEAVE THE PAST BEHIND!
Forgiveness gives you energy and brings peace and strength to the forgiver and the
forgiven. Once you’ve experienced the power of forgiveness you will see it as one
of the greatest gifts you can give.
Make it a point to review your day before you fall asleep. Take a few minutes
to observe yourself and your actions and interactions beginning with what happened most immediately and working your way backward. Acknowledge your
high points and take note of anything you may need to resolve the next day. Once
you have revisited your day, turn your thoughts to something uplifting or beautiful
as you relax into sleep with a peaceful conscience.
NAAM YOGA LA is hosting a Spiritual New Year's
Eve Celebration from 11-12:30am. Led by Dr.
Joseph Michael Levry, founder of NAAM YOGA,
this event provides an opportunity to synchronize
your energy with the heavens to face this
celestial realignment and down pouring of Divine
energy. The combination of many voices and
energies provide an even more profound experience
and result. Reception follows. Naamyoga.com
2012 SPIRITUAL NEW YEAR’S