My dance with yoga began when I was only 5 years old – as a hyperactive child that could not sit still. I was regularly overwhelmed with so much to do & was sent to yoga classes to keep me calm and centred.
Despite my early yoga training to keep me balanced, my personality has always been a less balanced VATA type – that is constantly busy, doing too much and getting stressed out or anxious….
Stressed out Science Student
For better or worse, I spent most of my early adult hood as a poor & stressed out University student finally completing a medical science doctorate, the highest of all post-graduate degrees. With very little income, I could not justify paying large sums of money for yoga classes and instead would jog in the streets and parks – jogging is free !!!.
Stressed Out Working Mum
Ten years later as a wife and then mother of two beautiful children, I continued jogging to destress with no time for yoga classes in my busy day as a working mother. My stress increased as my job and children became more demanding… I was heading for a nervous breakdown as I began shouting and crying at the smallest issues. It was clear that things could not continue as they were. My doctor then diagnosed me with a thyroid condition and the appearance of a small lump in my thyroid – I was frightened it could be cancer!
It was at this point that I left my job and began attending regular yoga classes to heal my thyroid condition. I had read that yoga was particularly good for balancing hormones.
Within six months of regular yoga practice and leaving my job, I began to feel better, my thyroid was back to normal and the lump had shrunk, and my relationships with my family, and friends as well as my career had improved.
A Scientific Yoga Teacher
I became intrigued to understand how yoga worked on a molecular and cellular level to balance my hormone. Ironically, my medical research doctorate was studying hormones, mainly for osteoporosis, so I knew lots about hormones already.
I decided to study yoga to be a teacher…That’s for another blog. Nowadays, my classes always include at least one yoga sequence that is critical in balancing hormones as everyone of us experiences hormone imbalances and may not even know it. I have integrated mindful meditation into my practice to quieten the mind and I look forward to sharing this with you.
That’s a bit about me and my yoga journey and I’d love to hear about you. Until then....
Click here for further information about yoga poses that may nurture the thryoid or watch the yoga video.
Tomorrow is International Calm Day and this is the perfect time to share top tips on how to use your breath to keep you calm.
We all spend so many of our waking hours rushing around getting stressed about things we don’t like & attending to our endless lists of Things to Do – for the day, the week or even the year ahead.
I’d like to encourage you to always take a breath to keep calm when you feel stressed out. Learn to access your breath on International Calm Day to help you keep centred when facing life’s more challenging moments. Your breath can help you destress and calm your body and mind - and its empowering to know that your breath is always with you no matter where you go.
Entire books have been written on the benefits of correct breathing and the many techniques that have been passed on from ancient teachings. If you find this blog interesting I encourage you to explore a range of books written by yogi’s BKS Iyengar, Donna Fahri and a recent one by. For now, here is a calming breath exercise that I teach in my yoga classes at the beautiful Wylie's Baths in Coogee and its for you to try out at home, in the office or wherever you are.
CALMING BREATH EXERCISE
The calming breath exercise can be practiced both in sitting or lying position and is ideal for beginners. Below is my instruction on how to practice this breath exercise which is variation of the viloma breath which is a B.K.S Iyengar technique. In this breath exercise inhaling and exhaling is not a continuous process, but one that is interrupted by several pauses.
I will also be teaching this at my yoga & mindfulness retreat coming up this weekend and later this year - hope you can join me.
How to Practice The Calming Breath (Viloma) Exercise
If you want to try some excellent on-line Mindfulness Tools, download the "calm" app. and you can use their on-line resources for free on International Calm Day.
Daniella Goldberg has a love of yoga and a passion for mindful meditation. Through her Hatha-Flow classes, she gently guides her students to grow strong, be flexible, focused and mindful, on and off the mat.