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Make time to play

This past weekend, I was feeling stagnant. Even though I worked and was active around the house, (cleaning, reorganizing and several projects) I still felt stuck. So Sunday morning, I decided to do a few minutes of yoga to get my body moving and energy flowing. I put on some music and began my practice.

I got on my mat not as a teacher, not as a student. I didn’t care what I looked like or what I was wearing, wasn’t concerned about recording, lighting or sound. I didn’t follow a sequence, just moved from pose to pose however felt right. I didn’t count my breaths or time on each side, and I am sure my transitions could have had a better flow. There were times I paused and just noticed my breath. I held planks until my whole body shook, sang along with the music – and had a little dance party to a song I really liked. I played yoga with no rules.

Research shows that our feel-good hormones are released when we exercise and play. These include endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin. We can physically affect our state of being by moving and having fun.

When I was done, I realized I had practiced for over an hour, much longer than my original intention. I left my mat feeling happy, feeling good.

Take some time to play!

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