Using yoga to press the off button

flatbush_1.jpgStress is a funny thing.

It’s related to ninety-nine percent of all illnesses; yet it’s one of the healthiest tools for jumpstarting a new realm of human ability. Truth is, stress can’t hurt you if you learn how to displace the impact.

That’s how you press the off button: By finding a counterweight. Something that creates an inner sanctuary. Something that provides rest, recovery and renewal to balance out your tension. And something that allows space for quiet within yourself.

Yoga helps with this because the whole point is to gather the quiet so you’re able to stand up in the storm. Otherwise, if you never take the time to press the off button, you become so action oriented that you forget to stop and reflect on what’s happening. And that’s when you painfully discover that persistence without reflection is blind ambition.

Have you pressed the off button lately?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and workstudy volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.