The stress is building and it feels like I’m in water up to my chin. ‘I’m a good swimmer’ I tell myself, ‘I can handle this’. There are moments when it feels manageable. There are even hours or days where everything feels ok. And then…one more thing causes the water to rise just a few more inches and I find myself under water, overwhelmed and panicking. I’m unable to catch my breath. I’m unable to show up for myself or anyone else. It sounds silly now, but it took me until my 40s to name this sensation…anxiety.Read More
Click on the image below for a printable card
(limit one free class per participant)
Have you ever had a hard time getting on your mat? We have all had those days, weeks or even months where the idea of rolling out our mat seems overwhelming. I, too, struggle with this, even though I dearly love and appreciate the practice of yoga. And this is why we call it a practice, every day is an opportunity to set new intentions and become better attuned to what is actually happening in our lived experiences.
We all show up to yoga for our own reasons, in our own time and in our own ways. As we recognize our own uniqueness we can begin to give ourselves permission to create our own unique daily practice. This way we allow yoga to be received as a gift and not another chore or thing we “have” to do.Read More
NO FEAR reads the bumper sticker on the loud truck that backfires as it speeds by me. My body jumps and prepares to flee as my sympathetic nervous system kicks in with a rush of adrenaline telling my body to get to safety. When I realize that I’m not in danger, I laugh at the irony of the bumper sticker and continue walking to my yoga studio. It takes me 20 minutes into the class to calm down, feel my breath deepen and my heart rate slow, and for the cortisol rush to subside.
Instead of NO FEAR (which isn’t possible and when repressed can ooze out in strange ways), how can we cultivate a healthy relationship with fear?
Our body is intrinsically designed to keep us safe. Sometimes we live with chronic stress and fear that can take a toll on our health and drive us to make irrational, maybe even harmful, choices.
With the global pandemic we are living in a fear soup. I find myself getting caught in a fear loop—what if my parents get Covid? My children? How will my yoga studio survive this shut down? etc.
Our yoga practice can help us to get out of perpetual fight or flight mode (sympathetic nervous system) and help our nervous system balance so that when it’s time to activate we are kept safe and when it’s time to rest and digest (parasympathetic nervous system) we can relax.
Here is what I try to practice when I am in a state of chronic fear/stress:
- Be with it like I would with my child who wakes from a nightmare Pause, listen, feel. Sometimes, I write down my fear or speak it to a loved one. Be curious—maybe this fear has an important message for me. Maybe I am in in an unsafe situation.
- Notice where I feel it in my body I may notice my chest feels tight, my guts wrenched.
- Belly breathe and make space I take a few deep diaphragmatic breaths and imagine breathing to the areas of my body that feel tight.
- MOVEWalk in nature, practice yoga, dance, connect with my body. This helps move the stress response hormones through, disrupts the hamster wheel brain and brings me back to the present moment.
- Rest and rejuvenate Take at least 15mins for a couple of restorative poses and savasana.
After moving through these steps, I am able to make empowered decisions, that are not solely based on ungrounded fears.
When you feel afraid, use it as an opportunity to practice and notice what do you have control over and what do you not have control over, and to recognize when you are in imminent danger and need to get to safety or seek help. I hope with the help of these tools and the support of your yoga practice, you are able to feel times of safety and peace during this time of great fear and uncertainty.
Amy Robinson is the owner of 3 OMS Yoga, and has been teaching yoga and building community in Bellingham for almost 20 years. She is passionate about sustainable living and business practices, and is also on the board of Sustainable Connections. Click here to learn more about Amy and see her teaching schedule.
This is by no means an exhaustive or comprehensive list of the many organizations and individuals out there who work tirelessly in the name of racial justice. But these are a few we as a staff have found helpful in educating ourselves, learning and listening to black people and their lived experiences, and our ongoing work of taking our yoga practice off our mats and out to create meaningful change in the world.
Anti-racism resources for white people** This is a fantastic and evolving document filled with podcasts, books, articles, and other resources to educate yourself as well as share with children
Guide to Anti-Racism for Beginners and White People – If you are feeling like you really just don’t know where to start thinking about issues of racial justice, start here.
Retreats and Online Workshops/Classes
Skill in Action Home Retreat with Michelle C. Johnson July 24- 26 (yoga specific about dismantling racism in yoga spaces; many of our staff joined her for a training this past December, and we all read and discussed her book Skill in Action as a group – highly recommended reading)
Petitions to sign – Demand justice for the victims of the recent brutal killings of black Americans and that those responsible be held accountable
Text, Call, or Email – Let your voice be heard; amplify the voices of others. We are stronger together.
Like many of you, I am just starting to settle into the flow of being at home, working at home and now practicing yoga solely at home. At first creating a home practice can be a little intimidating, very much like walking into a yoga studio class for the first time. Creating and feeling comfortable while practicing at home, with the support of online classes can be a positive that comes out of all of this. I want to share some tips for creating and sustaining a home practice. .Read More
Every morning I drink a cup of water out of one of my (many) favorite mugs while I stand and look out the window (seeing how the lilac grows) and let the hot water kettle get my coffee water boiling. After that I put on a wiggly song and get my coffee brewing and stretch out my shoulders and sleep-stiff body while I wait to push down my coffee and have a hot cup all ready to go. Often the little blonde and pink bobbed heads of my daughters are milling around me, a dance partner might join in, and the kitten threads my ankles as I find a forward fold across ancient wood floors. I’m present. The interruptions, voices, and little lips stealing first sips are all part of the ritual. My presence, reverence, and deep breaths invite them in.
QUICK START GUIDE
- Go to our class schedule, either via the MindBody app on your phone, or via the schedule page on our website; log in if necessary
- Click “book”/”make single reservation” for your chosen class
- If you have an active class pass or membership – you’re all set. If you need to purchase a pass, make your selection and provide payment
- That’s it! You should receive an email with the link to your class within 1 minute. Join us for class on Zoom at the appointed time, or receive the link to the recording via email after the class is finished (good for 48 hours) If you do not receive this email or had trouble going through this process, either follow the detailed instructions below, or send us an email.
Detailed Instructions for signing up for an online class using your desktop/laptop
Scroll down for mobile instructions
A recording of the class will be sent to everyone signed up for a class that will be streamable for another 48 hours, whether you attended live or not. Perfect if a class time doesn’t work for you, you get interrupted, or have any tech issues. Just be sure to sign up for the class you’d like before it’s scheduled start time, and a link will be emailed to you after the class.Read More
Hello, beloved community!
When we closed our doors in mid-March, we were certainly hopeful that we would all be back sooner rather than later to be able to practice together in person. Alas, as it stands, we are still unsure of when that might be. Yoga Studios fall under Phase 3 of Washington State’s Safe Start Plan, and Whatcom County remains under Phase 2.
Rest assured, when we get the go-ahead that we may open, we have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that coming back to class in-studio will be as safe as we can make it for our students and staff. With smaller class sizes with at least 6 feet of space between students, contactless procedures throughout the entire experience, installation of an enhanced air filtration system, and lots more covid-19 safety protocols in place (we’ll share the full list when we re-open)– we are ready to welcome you back when the time is right (and for those who would prefer to continue practicing at home, we are also committed to continuing to offer livestream options!)
BUT – in the meantime, we are truly grateful to still be able to serve our community online. If you haven’t already, join us for daily classes via Zoom. We particularly love it when you are able to join us live for class so we can check in, say hello, and connect with each one of you. It’s the part of teaching in person we miss the most! We are also so happy that so many of you have been able to continue your yoga practice because of the flexibility of practicing with the recordings — either way, thank you for joining us and continuing to support us during this time.
💜 The 3 OMS Staff
Hear from owner Amy Robinson in this video update about our re-opening timeline, online classes, and more.
3/29/20 Updates to our online offerings
Hello Dear Community,
The line at Costco was long, and as I settled in for the wait, I defaulted to the modern day way to mentally check out – I took out my phone. As it lit up with new messages and notifications, I saw one message that made my heart immediately sink into my stomach: I realized I had sent out a glaring mistake in one of my own professional communications. It had gone out to thousands of people, and had clearly been noticed. My sense of embarrassment went through the roof. My chest tightened up, my face grew hot, and I couldn’t focus on the mundane task I was in the middle of. I was immediately the center of my own “shame storm.”