Take a comfortable seat.

If you’ve been to a yoga class ever, then it’s likely you’ve been encouraged to politely “take a comfortable seat”. I’ve offered that instruction often times while leading a yoga class and sometimes it can feel a bit forced.

Let’s be honest, for everyone even the most practiced “sitter” there are days that it is most DEFINETLY not a comfortable seat.

Could be the body is tight from all of the other chronic sitting we do in our cars or while seated all day every day at a desk OR maybe even more often the not, it’s our mind is that is tied up. You know, VERY busy figuring out the future or reliving the past.

For me, it’s the anticipation of the common follow up directive, which in most yoga circles is usually something like…
” now find stillness”…

Stillness and the elusive “comfortable seat”, heck yeah, now that is challenging position.  This is partly why I was so late to the meditation party. I spent many years distracting myself with physical practice of yoga poses and thought those few savasana moments were good enough. Although, the asana aspect of yoga is for sure beneficial, it was only one piece of the puzzle.

Not to mention, the word MEDITATION can be a tinsy bit daunting. I mean it does kind of scream “you’re not worthy!” at least in my head… so I choose to use term MINDFULNESS.  The act is the same, finding stillness and focusing on relaxed, steady breathing and it just feels more manageable in my mind- that I can handle showing up to be “mindful” in the midst of living a full life.

While exploring how to embrace the “finding stillness” within you.. It is OK, if your comfortable seat is a different position than sitting on the floor cross legged. Especially, if just getting used to finding a seat in the first place.

I like to create COMFORT around this ritual.  It is natural that if something is enjoyable it is much more likely to become a consistent habit.   Sitting upright with a firm connection at our root (sitz bones) is the ideal position to connect with our source and reap the most benefits from your time in stillness, however,  there’s no shame in exploring restorative positions that create more ease for the body as long as the intention is to be present.  It’s better to start somewhere than not at all and it’s always the right time to begin.
To create comfort while finding stillness, use a blanket to prop the hips or explore a reclined position.  Invest in a couple options for props. You’ll use these to carve out restorative breaks in your day and feel good about it. Those 5-30 minutes of mindful stillness infuse us with renewed focus, energy and greater capacity for sustained attention.
When I prioritize my own mindfulness breaks- it yields MORE productivity in all other areas of life.

To add on, up the pleasure factor by getting to know essential oils.

They can support us on an emotional level to sustain a mindfulness practice. The ancient yogi sages used Frankincense and Sandalwood and so can you. The personalities and unique energy of the oils channel the intelligence of the parent plant. I used a combination of Clary Sage and Lemongrass in my mindful break this morning as preparation to writing this for you.

That blend spoke to me for good reason…

According to the Emotions and Essential Oils Guide, Clary Sage is the oil of clarity & vision and “opens the soul to new possibilities and experiences”. Paired up with Lemongrass, the oil of cleansing it worked beautifully together to “dispel feelings of despondency, despair and lethargy”.  The oils address emotional blockages and enhance the time spent in your comfortable seat. The combinations depending on your intentions are endless.

 With heart,