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Refreshingly Simple

Written by on January 26, 2021 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

When something isn't working in life, if you feel stuck with some sort of quandary, often the best remedy is radical simplification. Simplify to the point where our body, mind, and spirit can digest easily and clearly the task at hand. Simplification means choosing to release the unessential. Simplification means finding what for you is most essential, what makes you feel the most alive, then organizing your life to place your energy there. It means choosing what is superfluous and letting it go.

If life is feeling a little overwhelming, one effective mode of radical simplification is to connect back to our bodies through the grounding practice of yoga. In yoga things boil down to inhale and exhale, expansion and contraction, tension and release. And from that simple, most basic place, our awareness opens up and we see clearly from the vantage point of our True Self, that deceptively simple place of being. You don't need to do a 90-minute yoga practice to have an effective practice. Try doing a few poses you like. Remember to stay connected to deep breathing the entire time.

Simple Poses

Here are a few of my favorite poses to help connect me to my body and practicing simplifying.

Cobra or Upward Facing Dog

This is one of the poses I love the best. It opens the chest, stretches the neck, and strengthens the arms. It also stretches the belly and engages the muscles of back and glutes. Go easy if you have a weak low-back. Even bringing your chest a few inches off the ground is a great pose.





This pose stretches the long muscles of the hamstrings and calves, not to mention opens the chest and stretches the muscles in the back. This is one of my all-time favorite poses. Hint: if raising your arm messes with your shoulder, you can keep your top arm on your hip. Like in every pose, watch for tension in your low-back.


Fig. 4 Stretch

This pose deserves a spot in the yoga hall of fame. It will shave years off of your life by releasing tension in your hips which in turn releases tension in your back. I love this pose because you can do it lying down and with your back flat against the floor. Remember to keep you toes flexed toward your shins, especially on the leg that is crossed over your other thigh, the one that is in the fig. 4. This helps to protect your knee ligaments and joint.

While simplifying life by practicing just a few yoga poses, one of the ways we enjoy simplicity is by focusing on our breath. Breath is such a simple yet essential part of our practice. It is one of the secrets to find our True Self through the union of body, mind and spirit. As we focus on our breath and the simple practice of connecting to our body, my hope is that we end up feeling freedom and clarity as well as a deeper understanding of what is essential in our lives.

Outside of yoga, may I also invite your to consider ways in which you could simplify your life. Try sitting in meditation for 10 minutes every day this week and contemplate how to simplify life.

Best of luck!

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in the US. He’s taught classes, trainings and workshops in New York, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and L.A. as well as in Europe and Asia. Scott is the author of Practical Yoga Nidra: The 10-Step Method to Reduce Stress, Improve Sleep, and Restore Your Spirit. When he's not teaching or conducting retreats, he loves to write for print and online publications such as Yogi Times, Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats and trainings in places like Tuscany, France, and Hong Kong , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program. Scott is currently living in Salt Lake City after living in Southern France with his family.

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