by Kathleen Williams, PhD
I first took LifeForce Yoga at a Cape Cod Professional Training in August of 2008. It intrigued me as I had already been utilizing breath techniques based on the Benson Studies on The Relaxation Response and had been an avid believer in the chants of Krishna Das and the Dharma talks of Ram Dass.
In 2009, I needed a retreat of my own to rest and regroup. I love beaches and thus I signed up for my first Retreat and Training in LifeForce Yoga at Sivananda Ashram in The Bahamas. I rested and learned tools for my agitated state during this time in my life.
It was not until 2012 that I really learned the value of utilizing these tools in sequences. I noticed the calming effects on my anger/agitation/anxieties. Further, I tended to be quite lethargic in the mornings (and I still am). The difference now, is that with stair-step breath and the breath of joy I can begin in an easier way… a softer, albeit more peaceful mind. A simple pose, a simple mudra, like Anjali Mudra, simple sound of OM, creates such a transition in a sometimes chaotic mind and heart. Once again I become grateful for peace.