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Time Change

LOIS NESBITT YOGA

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Dear Students, Friends, and Colleagues,
I meant to send out this newsletter last week, in time for the semi-annual Daylight Savings changing of the clocks.
But I am rarely “on time” for anything in my life. I live in the constant delusion that time will magically expand to accommodate everything I want to do, whereas evidence suggests that if not actually contracting, time marches rigidly on without concern for what I’m up to.
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I could really have used the extra hour we get by changing the clocks back every fall, but somehow it evaporated in the flow of ineptly managed evening plans and delayed bedtime. All I got was the sun one hour brighter when I woke up!
Modern physicists breeze past these self-centered attempts to “save” or “make” rather than “waste” time, telling us that time may in fact not be real. It may just be the way our memories order things that have happened into sequences of events that suggest linear time. It may have something to do with the “four-dimensional” reality of a relative universe.
That things definitely change has been used by both time endorses and time deniers to prove that time does or doesn’t exist. Which quickly leads from head-scratching to head-spinning.
In another blog I’ll dive down the rabbit hole of conflicting calendars—Gregorian (Christian), Hebrew, and Islamic—and why we can’t even agree on when a new year begins. And maybe another to the puzzler of Time Zones, bane of every world traveler and truly obstructive to functioning in a global society.
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For now, I hope that you all navigated last weekend’s time change with more grace than I. Below are some ways yoga can help you adjust to any time.
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BODY-CLOCK YOGA
Yoga can help with seasonal time changes, crossing time zones, insomnia, yo-yo energy—really with anything that puts your body at odds with your surroundings. Put these practical tools to use:
1.     Replace the morning caffeine jolt with a brief, active yoga practice: Cat and cow, down dog, a few sun salutes, and a couple of backbends will boost you through the morning.
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2.     Dispel late-afternoon drowsiness with tension-releasing shoulder stretches and hip openers—and enjoy a truly restorative “happy hour!”
3.     Ease toward a good night’s sleep with shoulder stand, forward bends, restorative poses, alternate nostril breathing, savasana, and meditation.
4.     Crossing time zones? Follow the general wisdom of aligning immediately with the time in your new locale, even if you just got off a red eye and feel like crashing. Forego the airport espresso and the hotel bar: Caffeine (a stimulant) and alcohol (a depressant) will only confuse your body and make things worse. And then apply #1-3 above.
And keep in mind that yoga always offers a chance to slip out of experiential time and float in your own presence.
Namaste,
Lois Nesbitt
Loisnesbittyoga.com
(917)975-8009

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About Lois

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Lois Nesbitt, Ph.D., E-RYT 500, has practiced and taught yoga for 25 years. Known worldwide as an expert in the therapeutic benefits of anatomy applied to yoga, Lois has helped thousands of students in her group classes, teacher trainings, injury clinics, and private lessons to resume healthy yoga practices and lead happy lives. She attributes her skill in sharing complex ideas in simple and often playful ways to the excellent professors who mentored her at Harvard and Princeton.
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