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Five Cues for Transitions On and Off the Mat

Change is exciting and necessary, but it can also stir up a lot of other feelings. I have been experiencing this a lot recently as I transition to home ownership from renting and am exploring a career change. On a day particularly anxiety-prone — moving day — I made it to the yoga studio. While moving through class with my mind racing, I was struck by the encouragement woven into the transitional cues given by the instructor – from downward dog, “Look forward, move forward” and so on. I was able to center myself around these cues and realized that perhaps I needed to take some off the matt too.

As we are entering a season of change with school starting for many and nights coming earlier, I would like to share my top five on-and-off-the-matt cues for the many transitions in our lives.

1. Keep your heart open.

I love this one. Change is unpredictable and transitions are hard. It reminds us to keep our hearts open to whatever might come. We can’t control it all.

2. Set your gaze to stay balanced.

Why did you start this transition? Set your gaze on that goal. My husband and I bought a house because we wanted to put down roots and have our children experience safety and freedom to explore. This focus helps guide my actions and keeps me balanced during chaos.

3. Look forward, move forward.

Where do you want to go? Looking forward is the first step in moving forward.

4. Breathe into your expansion.

Breath is life and transitions are a time to expand. Spread your arms, reach, and send life into the most outward places of your life.

5. Grab some water.

A moment to pause, break from the flow, and regenerate –all very important during changes too. Grabbing water might look like a yoga class, a walk, or simply a few deep breaths. I’m also challenging myself to offer water in the form of gratitude to the many others affected by my changes.

As a reward for making it to the mat on moving day, I was gifted with this intention “Growing might feel like breaking at first.” Thankfully, we have cues to guide us through.

By Kim Richards