Why Your A-Game is Taking You Out and How to Get Back In

33724828_sAdrenaline is a source of energy that’s free and pretty much always available—-

Until it’s not.

It’s very addictive.

Our bodies create it when they experience certain kinds of stress.

If you chronically find yourself running late, over booking your schedule, saying things like “I work better under pressure,” you may be an adrenaline junkie.

Or, if you find yourself to be an over achiever, addicted to challenges — or to gaining advanced yoga poses, you may be an adrenaline junkie.

Adrenaline is good, but only when we use it sparingly in acute situations. When it’s used habitually, it creates dis-ease.

Dis-ease can show up as a general sense of unrest, exhaustion, or a chronic health condition like an allergy or an ulcer. But whatever the outcome, it’s not good.

And here’s the trick. Doing yoga by itself doesn’t automatically cure you of your addiction to adrenaline. For some, it makes it worse because it just creates the illusion you’re doing something about it.

Why not get off the Adrenaline for real and get onto your new A-game?


Practice Tip:
The next time you show up to yoga class stressed out or exhausted, try this. Get on your mat, follow along with the movements, but only do them half-assed. Come out of the poses before you’re exhausted. Take breaks in child pose. Skip the vinyasa. Get bored. Put most of your focus on your breath, watching it with unbroken attention, listening to it for what it has to tell you.

At first your ego will say this was stressful. But in time, your mind and your body will thank you. You might even get to know yourself and your body a little better.

Get my free Zen 10 Yoga and practice this at home.

Igniting your brilliance,

Laurel Hodory yoga teacher training

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