We all have those days when we’d rather lay in bed and cry than get up and do anything, right? But the fact of the matter is that it’s almost always better to do something than nothing. When sadness, depression, resentment, or fear appear, it’s usually about something that has happened in the past or some worry about the future. It’s rarely about something happening in the present moment. Which means that forcing yourself to get out of bed and onto your yoga mat can work wonders when it comes to resetting your psyche and changing your outlook on life.
I designed this yoga sequence to help you get through a rough patch. It’s gentle and kind, and will inspire you to connect to your breath and get into your body—both of which can help to anchor you into the present moment. When I’m feeling blue, this particular practice has a way of bringing light to my darkest corners. I hope it helps you, too.
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Claire Mark is the director of teacher training at Yogaview in Chicago and the co-founder of Chill Chicago, a modern meditation studio. Claire has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1999, and she’s trained with some of the most well-known teachers in the US. Claire’s classes are vigorous and challenging, yet taught with kindness and acceptance. Claire is also a certified life coach, cookbook author, and mom. Learn more at chillchicago.com, yogaview.com, and clairemark.com.