Moving Abroad: How Yoga Can Help

This entry was posted on Aug 11, 2015 by Anna Johnson.
moving abroad

Stop and Breathe

Staying Calm While Moving Abroad

If you are among the millions of people who reside abroad then you know that everything can get chaotic really fast. We must adjust to differing cultures, customs, language, food and lifestyles.

How does one maintain balance in the midst of such disorder? By releasing all of the built-up anxiety on your mat, keeping up the one thing that can always remain the same: your yoga practice. As an American residing in one of the largest cities in the world, Shanghai, China, I’ve come to learn the importance of a regular practice for a balanced life.

We are a curious generation. We take on multiple roles in search for happiness, fulfillment and excitement. We overschedule because we are hungry. We are hungry for life—to live, to travel, to experience, to meet, to love … to be.

When we fail we get discouraged. When we take everything on, we lose our personal time. When we overschedule, we become sleep deprived. We become anxious. What’s next? Where do I need to be today? How did I forget to schedule this/that? When will I have time for myself? Our schedules are so tight; we don’t have time for any disarray.

Inhale 1 2 3 4 5 6

Exhale 1 2 3 4 5 6

Breathe. Be present. Do your sun salutations. Thank your body for allowing you to be so mobile. A steady yoga practice is so beneficial for our bodies. A steady yoga practice at the subconscious level allows us to evaluate and appreciate. It is our time, our time to meditate, to re-evaluate and to balance.



About Anna Johnson
Anna currently resides in Shanghai, China where she has been living for the past three years. She serves as the Secondary Instructional Specialist/Head of Secondary Mathematics at an international school. She enjoys traveling throughout Asia whilst living in China. Her life and perspective have been influenced by her contact with many different cultures, people and holy places. Anna is a registered RYT 200 through Yoga Alliance under the direction of the beloved Denise Druce, E-RYT 500. Anna maintains her love for yoga and meditation through weekly yoga courses that she leads in Shanghai.

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