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Build Your Bridges Back Home

Happy 2014! We hope your holiday season was fulfilling and fun!

As we all embark on this new journey of intentions, promises, resolutions and commitments, let me offer a simple 3-step model for health and wellbeing.

First, take time upon awakening &/or before falling asleep, for even a few minutes, to be quiet, calm and relaxed. Breathing in healthy energy, breathing out old stale air. Breathing in “I AM” and breathing out “CALMING.” Do this 4-5 times and then relax.

With mindfulness (focused attention),  you can find the balance and peace within your own mind, body, heart and soul. Name this ‘state of being’ something to describe your birthright of being present, safe, whole. Try “HOME” or “My Home base” or “My calm space.”  Learn how HOME feels; write words in a circle of wholeness. Practice this 3-step way to stay true to yourself!

Home                                               Bridges                                                              Away from Home


Anytime you feel yourself going away from your true HOME, notice what that is like. Some people call it  ”AWAY FROM HOME” or “Chaos” or Twirly” or “Overwhelmed.” Depict this state of being like jagged lines or random swirls.

You can learn many ways to bring yourself back HOME. Start with breathing deeply, shifting your thoughts to something positive and encouraging, and doing something that serves as a BRIDGE to come back HOME. Make a list of all the ways you calm down, like exercising, meditating, cooking, making a project, talking with a friend, listening to music, praying, practicing yoga.

During January, practice the Bridge Pose as your challenge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana), with its variations. See page 35 in our book “Be Your Best Self: Yoga for Families.” Order your copy on



Lie flat on your back with your knees bent, feet on the ground and your arms by your sides. Walk your feet back toward your hips. Squeeze and lift your gluteus muscles off the floor, one vertebrae at a time. Keep this bandha or conscious hold. Push into your feet and activate your thighs. Pull your belly toward your spine, as you lift up even higher. Turn your shoulder blades under so your chest is open.

Try lifting your arms up to the sky and lifting one leg upward as well. Also, you can interlock your hands under your hips and arch even more. Be sure to keep your chin tucked to stretch your neck. Breathe as you come back HOME to yourself.

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Ruth Sharon

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