The breath is the only thing in the body that functions both completely automatically and that we have control over. Bringing our attention to the breath and adjusting it to be deeper, longer, and slower has wonderful health benefits for the body and the mind. In our culture, we have not been taught to focus on the breath and manipulate it for our best living. We tend to breath shallow and quickly only in the upper part of the chest. Deep slow breaths down into the bottom of the lungs creates better flow in the body, relaxes our nervous system, brings us into the present moment, and ultimately leads to peacefulness. Start with a small practice. Anytime you think of it, take 5 deep breaths. Many each one longer than the last. See how many times you can remember throughout the day.⠀
And, 2-5 minutes of this upon waking and right before bed are a wonderful quick self-care practice. You will feel more present, compassionate, and connected to your body in no time. ✨🙏🕉️⠀
December into the New Year brings a range of emotions for most people. Excitement, celebration, connection, gratitude, and generosity may fill our head-space. People also experience sadness, loneliness, stress, guilt, and anxiety. And most of us feel some combination of these depending on the day, the people we spend time with, and the current year-end circumstances.
It is also a time of busyness, and this busyness is the opposite of what nature calls for at this time of year. During these darkest and coldest days of the year (for most in the US anyway), earthly rhythms ask us to slow down, nurture our bodies, calm our minds, and just be. But our society pulls us in another direction.
So in order to find balance and stay grounded, healthy, and happy through this holiday season and into the new year, here are some helpful tips.
Even when we find ourselves busier, socializing more, or out later, it is important to get long deep restful sleep. Lack o...
When I work one-on-one with clients, I am continuously humbled, touched, and incredibly pleased by the results, quick progress, and connection that are gained even within the first few sessions. The key is the customization that private yoga allows for. As I sense someone’s energy, see their body moving, and incorporate their reason for coming to yoga, a unique expression unfolds. The personalized practice is healing and brings clients’ back to a state of balance and harmony.
I’ve compiled a list of what students tell me are the best parts of individual yoga sessions.
As you read, what aspects jump out at you? What parts sounds like they would just be heavenly?
Things that resonate with us are a call from the inside – from the body, mind, and soul. What can we pay attention to today that allows us to take better care, to realign, to come back to vibrant wellness and energized happiness?