Updated: Sep 20, 2020
Yoga and lockdown
There was a pretty mixed bag of reactions when the news that lockdown would soon become the new normal hit the headlines. As a mum to two tiny tots, my life really didn't change that much, but I know lots of people's did. There have been ups and there have been downs. And possibly a somewhat humbling experience for many.
As the things that kept us busy on the outside suddenly turned off their lights and closed their doors, we had to find other ways to occupy our minds and our time. Possibly, even if only a little, this may have been a blessing. And maybe, just maybe, reducing the number of things on the outside led to our lives becoming a little bit quieter, and a little more connected to the inside.
Tuning into you
By inside I mean you. You without the fluff. The socialising, the rich foods, the shopping, the noise. Suddenly it was you with yourself. And maybe kids, pets, working from home, and the rest thrown in. I'm not saying it's been easy, it's likely been harder as there has been no way to escape, but you are likely to have become a little more connected to you. And maybe you'd like to see some of these more connected moments continue as lockdown eases, and the volume gets turned up.
5 ways to keep this connection
So how can we keep a little slice of this connection by our side as we transition into the next new normal?
1. Continue to eat simple
Without access to eateries on every corner, it's likely that we may have begun to channel our inner Jamie Oliver. We've had to be creative with the food we could access and learn new recipes and ways of satiating our palettes. Keep it going. I bet your tummy and your digestive system is thanking you, not to mention your purse. Leave eating out for special occasions and make it a regular effort to get down and dirty in the kitchen.
2. Continue to play simple
Life before lockdown was crazy busy. Every minute of every day mattered. And then suddenly there was less to do. No more commuting. No more play dates, dinner dates, after work drinks, coffee mornings and the rest. Wake. Work. Exercise. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. And sure it probably wasn't that simple, but I bet it was a lot simpler than it was before. Be mindful of over burdening your schedule as we transition into the next phase. If it's not a 'hell yes,' then let it be a 'no thank you.'
3. Keep up the one exercise a day routine
A walk or a run, whatever it is, keep moving, be active. Get on the floor and do some yoga. Has your relationship to your body changed over the last three months? Have you found yourself moving more? If so, keep it up! Those feel good feelings, our endorphins, work best when treated with lots of fresh air and activity. You don't have to be sweating buckets or lifting weights, but feel your body moving and breathing, and you're guaranteed to feel a little lighter.
4. Be kind to your mind
Our minds get the brunt of it. We shout at them, and they shout at us. It's likely that you have had a lot more time in your own 'head' these last three months. What have you learnt about yourself? What happened that sparked your green lights? What happened that sparked your red lights? Try and do more of the former, and check in to what has been causing the latter. See this with a sort of gentle curiosity. Trying not to become too hung up with what you see, but instead turning up the kindness, and giving yourself a break. Sit with your thoughts. Journal. Process them and let them become you.
5. Stay connected
We've made extra effort to be in touch with family and friends, keep it going. More talking, less texting. Video call and see people's smiling faces. Ask people how they are and listen to their stories. Share you stories. Find time for those that you love, and laugh a lot.
Lockdown and what happens next
In short, take all the good stuff from lockdown and try and integrate it into your day to day. Moving on from this moment, put yourself first. Feel strong and balanced from the inside out. And see all the good that comes directly from there as your life transforms right around you. This is the law of yoga. Call it karma yoga. Or doing your duty. This is who you are, and you're meant to be connected. To yourself, you're environment and your community.
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Carrie is a co-founder of The Frog Project, yoga teacher, and full time stay at home mum to two smalls. When she's not playing with the kids or practicing yoga, you'll likely find her in the middle of her veg patch, trowel in hand and covered in mud. She loves the outdoors, and would camp every night given the chance. She and her partner in crime, Martin, set up The Frog Project with the aim of bringing classical yoga to all, and deliver live online classes with a group of dedicated teachers, to students of all experiences, ages, shapes, sizes, jobs, lives, you name it, from all around the world. Join them now and get 15 days of free unlimited classes. It's just yoga.