Restore and Renew











The other day I was taking a restorative yoga class and the teacher was guiding us in a supine position to relax our minds. As he told us to not have any thoughts in our head I of course thought how it is not easy to just not think! Giving the instruction or saying to ourselves ‘okay relax now’, might not get us the results we expect. Thoughts keep popping up and some float by, but others we latch onto.

To get to a state where we let go of the fluctuations of our minds takes practice. For now do not think of your goal as having no thoughts in your head, but being present and in touch with your breathing.

Taking one step at a time to restore and renew allows for you to learn the process by which you can calm your body and mind.


Live Light Practice:

Set a time for ten minutes. Lay down on a bed or couch with your back supported by at least 3 pillows. Allow your legs to stretch out in front of you. Close your eyes and soften the muscles of your face, release the tongue from the roof of your mouth. With each inhale fill your belly fully, and with each exhale empty completely. Lay still sinking deeper into the support and releasing your thoughts and muscles with each breath.

Watch your thoughts as they come up. Notice the desire to follow some of them. See if you can acknowledge the thoughts as they come, and then let them go.
After ten minutes has passed check in with yourself – how do you feel? What do you notice?


New Live Light Thought Pattern


Shoulding All Over Yourself











I become suspicious of my self when the word “should” pops up a lot. It is a time when I begin to question myself. What is it that I really want? What do I really need? Am I doing things to please others?

Doing things because we think we should can lead to a disconnect between our personal values and our actions. Do you ever feel guilty about relaxing because you think you should be doing more? We create guilt and internal battles when we base our choices on what we should do.

At times I look to my cat, Ike, for clues on how to practice self-care and not succumb to ‘what I should do’. Cats and dogs alike make their choices based on their needs. They rest when they need to and play when they want. Ike lounges and enjoys life – as you can see he has prostrated himself on my yoga mat. Although, he has hindered my ability to do downward facing dog I appreciate his reminder that sometimes there isn’t a need for movement.

By listening to our bodies we can find that savasana is the yoga posture needed, or perhaps a vigorous vinyasa. Each day our body and mind requires different support. Your yoga practice can be journal writing or headstands depending on what your body and mind need. It doesn’t have to be what you think you should do, as that will wear you down overtime.

Live Light Practice:

Watch your word choice over the next day. How often do you make choices based on what you think you should be doing? Catch yourself and be conscious about your decisions. See if it is really something you want to do or something you think you should do.


Mindful Knitting

Watch this video to learn more about what Mindful Knitting at The Yarn Company is.

Each month Liza Laird will be at The Yarn Company for Yoga for Knitters event! At this event we will stretch our bodies, open our minds, and knit for charity. The final blanket knit over the Monday night gatherings will be donated to Safe Horizon.

Dates: 1/14
Time: 7-9pm
Location: The Yarn Company, 274 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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