Go with your gut

Colleen Said­man Yee’s restora­tive prac­tice for deal­ing with in­de­ci­sion will open up your mind, body, and heart to in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­ity.

Yoga Journal - - PRACTICE WELL -

NOT A DAY GOES BY that you don’t have to make de­ci­sions—from the big (Should I have a child? Buy this house?) to the small (What should I get my part­ner for our an­niver­sary? Prac­tice on my yoga mat?). But it’s dif­fi­cult to make de­ci­sions if you’re liv­ing in a body with no space—in the same way that it’s not easy to live in a house that’s full of clut­ter. “Usu­ally we don’t even re­al­ize that we’re be­ing shut down by ex­cess,” says Said­man Yee, “un­til we clean house and find that we can breathe more eas­ily. Yoga is the best way that I know to clean house—men­tally, phys­i­cally, and emo­tion­ally.”

The se­quence here uses gen­tle back­bends, for­ward bends, and twists to help you scan your body for ten­sion and cre­ate the space that will al­low you to tune into your in­tu­ition. It is through de­clut­ter- ing and ex­pan­sion, rather than con­tract­ing and get­ting hy­per fo­cused (a com­mon re­ac­tion to un­cer­tainty), that you’ll be able to re­lease ten­sion and free your­self from be­ing stuck in in­de­ci­sion.

Be­fore you be­gin, sit for 10 sec­onds and no­tice how much pres­sure is in your head. Sim­ply notic­ing this will cause a soft­en­ing and re­lease. Bring this aware­ness to the fol­low­ing poses, fo­cus­ing on a de­ci­sion you’re try­ing to make. Do the prac­tice for at least four con­sec­u­tive days, and if you can, fol­low it up with 20 min­utes of jour­nal­ing. There’s ev­i­dence that 20 min­utes of daily jour­nal­ing on a de­ci­sion for four days can bring clar­ity. Fi­nally, re­mem­ber: “What­ever comes to light while you prac­tice, trust your gut and walk to­ward it; ev­ery op­tion has some­thing to of­fer,” Said­man Yee says.

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