Whether you have been affected by the recent east coast Hurricane Sandy directly or not, if you have been watching the news even, your body and mind could be reeling from the effects of traumatic shock. Of course, a regular and consistent yoga and meditation practice are the best ways to stay calm, cool and collected in times like these but there are some techniques that work at a faster pace to rebalance your system.
Here we have the “Earthquake Meditation” which really can be used for any major catastrophe. Anne Novack does an excellent job of calmly leading us through the “how to” here:
If you need something closer to a ‘workout’ feel free to do a search for Anne’s other calm yet challenging videos of Kundalini Yoga kriyas.
Great for kids and adults, if you are facing a situation of grief, pant like a dog and “hit” yourself on the pecs with your “paws”. This quickly alleviates severe depression, grief and anger, basically detoxing you physically and mentally. Try 3 minutes and work up to 11.
The 3ho yoga community also has some words of advice as well as volunteer and coordination of help here: http://www.3ho.org/ecommunity/2012/11/hurricane-sandy-support-tools-and-help-getting-to-winter-solstice/
For longer term anxiety relief, check out Mukunda Stiles’s book, “Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy”. The vata series of hatha poses certainly brings calm with even one repetition.
Many blessings to those of you suffering due to Hurricane Sandy. May we all cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” and recognize the other as you as we try to help each other in this time.