Dear Yoga Student,
As a teenager, I worked in Starbucks back when there
weren’t that many Starbucks, so the line was out the
door from 5:30 a.m. until closing.
I’ve had 51 different jobs in my life, and to be fair,
pouring coffee wasn’t a bad one…
… but after 6 or 8-hours of grind, foam, cap-it, mop
it, “get in line!” you can imagine I felt pretty fried. The
fact that I was drinking Americanos the entire time didn’t
help matters either.
And here’s the point of all this:
My boss back then, Barry, had this thing he called “The
Scream Room.” The first time he took me down to the
basement to see it, I freaked (but soon, I was hooked).
Here’s how the scream room worked:
1. If you’re feeling really stressed, overwhelmed, anxious,
or ______________ (add negative feeling here), you step
into the walk-in fridge and close the door.
2. With the door closed, you then scream as loud as you
can for a solid minute, until your throat hurts. Think about
it, you probably haven’t really screamed full-out since you
were a kid. It’s really intense.
3. Exit when you’re ready. Repeat as needed throughout
In general, I find that people get way to intellectual about
coping strategies. Sure, there are lots of times when
doing some yoga, taking a walk, or sitting quietly in a
room is just what you need.
But let’s be honest. Sometimes, 3 hours of yoga can’t
shake a stick at just 30 seconds locked in your closet
screaming your head off.
Ever done it? I dare ya…
THOUGHTS? Post them below…