Life Coming At You Fast? Try These 5 Practices to Cultivate Calm

* Originally shared on CNY Studios. To learn more about Merrimack, NH's newest yoga studio and to sign up for classes catering to all yogis, please visit

Cultivating Calm 2.jpg

If your life is like mine, some days can be anything but calm. If you’re having trouble juggling all your appointments, work, hobbies, and even relaxation time, you’re not alone! Many people practice yoga to bring themselves back to the present moment and relish in an hour of peace, but the mat isn’t the only place you can cultivate calm.

When you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, take a couple minutes to breathe. It’s good to bring yourself back to the present moment at least twice a day to reset your mind and start fresh. If you’re a yoga practitioner, think of how great you feel after a deep savasana. If you aren’t yet, consider what makes you feel the most calm. If you channel this energy, you can bring yourself back to that place at any time, in any place.

Surely, a healthy dose of stress comes into play for most of us from time to time. (Or, let’s get real, most of the time.) However, prolonged stress often accumulates into feelings of overwhelm and anxiety—and these feelings drain our energy, leaving us exhausted and caught in a perpetual cycle of craziness. The crazier life feels, the harder it is to remember that we can find calm, even if for just a few minutes.
— Yoga Journal

Still don’t know where to start? Read this great article from Yoga Journal outlining five practices to cultivate calm. Stay neutral, exhale often (and with gusto!), and notice the pause!

How do you cultivate calm in your life? Join us at CNY Studios for a number of calming yoga classes for all levels!