Yogis, let’s go for the next big step in 2018:
The new magic term is „self-care“. Make it your number one priority!
You might have already established a fitness routine and maybe you eat healthy, which is great. What’s new is, instead of squeezing some time in at lunch or after work for a yoga class (or any other activity), make it a priority on your to do list. A time in your calendar, that is untouchable, as it is YOUR time. A busy time in your schedule, so it can’t clash with any other appointments.
Allow your main goal to not be fitness related, but to get grounded, to be connected with yourself and feel happy, healthy and at peace.
Incorporate a daily meditation practice, this will have a huge impact on calming down your mind. And focus on a mindful approach when managing your day.
Nothing is important, but you. Nothing counts, but your wellbeing. Whenever you might experience stress, take a couple of deep belly breaths and let your answer be a smile.
Take care yogi, take care of yourself, you are your priority!
Sometimes, it doesn’t need much, a moment for yourself, just some minutes me-time. Calm down, release, recharge and most important: establish a deep connection and feel yourself.
Take a moment, sit down. If possible on the floor, cross legged. Lengthen your spine, close your eyes. Bring your awareness to your breath. Allow your breath to be audible. Listen. Feel. Slow and deep belly breaths. Now make your exhales longer than your inhales.
Continue. While listening to your breath, recognize the messages your body is sending. Start with your brain. Bring your awareness into the center of your brain. And soften. Recognize how same time your face softens. Your forehead, your jaw.
There might be other parts of your body claiming ‚here please‘! Bring your awareness to each section. Maybe your hips, your knees, your feet. Sit still, don’t move, keep your position. Only your awareness wanders. Allow this particular region to release. To soften. Any stiffness or tension will immediately disappear. Your body will thank you.
When you’re ready, close with sitting one more minute in stillness. Take a deep inhale and exhale, before you open your eyes.
Some minutes to get in contact with yourself. Some minutes of self-care. Some minutes of precious nourishment. Because you deserve it.
Practice steadiness and ease. Inner strength, but also soothing and sweet. How can this work? My view: it’s all about being kind to my body, instead of stressing it. Doing my best, challenging body and mind, by fully respecting my limitations that day, that moment. Listening to my body. Understanding if it’s just laziness, that makes the sofa calling me or my body sending signals on what is good or bad for me in that moment. Also fading out the self talk my mind is confusing me with. Gently. Accepting. Yes, tenderly.
Pushing and pulling seems rather violent and works the opposite direction, it takes us farther from ourselves. It is this deep connection with ourselves, our centre, that cultivates a confidence, which makes our practice and our lives magical and leaves us deeply touched and happy.
Care for yourself.