Have you ever been to a stress management class?


When the presenter raises the glass of water, you expect the “half-empty or half-full” gambit, right?


 But consider this question ~ How heavy is this glass of water?

Does the weight really matter, you’re thinking?

Here’s what I think ~ what matters is how long you are holding that glass. If you hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If you hold it for an hour, your arm will ache. If you hold it for a day, your arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each instance, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer you hold it, the heavier it gets.

The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.

So put that glass down…..

…and hit the mat.


An eco-friendly one, of course. (Skip the overpriced overhyped Lululemon gear. Really, between the thigh-gap debacle and see-through scandal, why wouldn’t you?)  Not sure yoga is for you? Play with it. Bubble the pot, stand back and see what floats to the top.

Take a yoga class with skilled teachers.

Like Amanda…..


…and Sandra.


They bring a spiritual energy into the class, their every movement tiger-like ~ slow, methodical, precise, the result of intentional thought.  They are ready to stand and deliver what I need, whether it’s encouragement, a subtle touch or a back-to-the-basic adjustment.

Five people on a beach stand in the warrior pose.

This week I was a first-timer in their classes at the local Y.  They’re top-notch. They know how to work a room, letting me know they are watching and paying attention and there to help my practice.  Lucky me.


If stress is getting the best of you, bypass the workshop.  Life takes you a lot of places, so adjust your compass.  Add yoga to your Grand Plan.

Yoga Cat

How do achieve inner peace?

Toni 1/24/14


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