I took my first yoga classes after days at the office. By the end of class I felt I had pressed my reset button. This was the early 90’s when we still had old-fashioned tape counters that could be set back to a string of zeros by pressing a button. My reset included a sense of freedom from the events of the day, a healthy distance created through attention to movement and the ease that comes after working accumulated tension out of the body and freeing the breath. I was ready to start again with renewed clarity and presence of mind. The tape counter was set back to 0000.
We now live in a world that moves infinitely faster and more efficiently than 20 years ago. Speed and volume of communication is not only instantaneous and seemingly infinite, but will only get faster, more efficient, and will do so even more quickly in the months and years to come.
As we move through our days interacting with the world through a screen, we take our minds and sense perceptions out of the living, animate world and into a place of abstraction. It seems that the imbalance created can take its toll on how our minds function, on our nerves, indeed on all the systems of the body, in ways we might not yet even realize.
The importance of ‘resetting’ our selves has become even more crucial to maintain a sense of balance and harmony. Not only must we prioritize time dedicated to removing ourselves from the world of our screens, we need reliable and effective ways to restore a sense of physical and energetic integration.
Yoga practice is (still) an optimal way to reset. In practice, we bring the energy of the mind down into the body, the breath and the biological world. We reawaken a more primitive, organic awareness. We give the senses a resting place, a opportunity to pause from their outgoing movement. We emerge with a renewed sense of clarity, balance and harmony. The value of bringing the mind into the body and staying there for a while will only get more precious.