Gruninger: Simple Is Your Superpower…


Los Alamos

“Keep It Simple Stupid – Yoga” was one of the books my yoga teacher recommended to me when I shared with her that I wanted to be a yoga teacher. My first thought was, “Wow! Really?”

However, I did what she recommended and am so glad I did. Bottomline, the book explained in very simple terms the various styles of yoga, which at that time, could be summed up in one book. Today, that would be a harder task.

Sometimes we forget that simple is often the best way to handle things, move forward or make change.

During these next few weeks of 2021 you might find yourself feeling stressed, anxious, even sloth like with all the holiday to do.

Consider trying any of these simple practices to focus, de-stress, or down regulate your nervous system. Just 2-3 minutes a day can make a big difference. Or use the techniques as a go to when you feel that panic or stress taking over.


  • Cross your arms and place your hands on your opposite shoulders. Take 5 breaths and then switch the cross of your arms. This creates a connection between your limbic brain (right hemisphere) and our more rational brain (left hemisphere) and can help with feelings of anxiety and stress.
  • Think of a time today when you had a moment of tightening and a moment of expansion. How are these the same and different?
  • Take a moment and sit and breathe. Think of a moment of delight that you had today.
  • Sit and notice what you are feeling. Can you let that feeling get big (expansive) on the inhale and then release it on the exhale. Repeat 3-5x.
  • Think of three things you are grateful for and after each one, notice where you feel it the body. This is called felt sense.
  • Breathe and notice – is the length of this in breath shorter or longer than the previous in breath? Repeat for 3-5 breaths.
  • Count to five. At the top of your inhalation say to yourself “1” then exhale. Continue until you get to “5”. If you have time, repeat the practice.

About Jacci Gruninger:

Jacci Gruninger is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Thai Yoga Massage Therapist. She has been teaching for more than two decades and spent 12 of those years training yoga teachers for the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts. She regularly helps clients manage the ups and downs of life with yoga, meditation, breathwork and bodywork. Her Yoga Therapy Center is at 190 Central Park Square #212. For her in person and online teaching schedule and information on her other services, visit her website at

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