Finding Our Way to Health & Balance

Ah the Winter Solstice and New Year, a time of increased energy and hope. Resolutions are set in January and new habits and self care practices are formed. Maybe you did a 30 day yoga or meditation challenge or went for a walk every day. At the end of January I invite you to hit “pause,” to reflect on what you learned and how to move forward. This blog explores how to (1) maintain your New Year’s self care resolutions, and (2) deepen your wellness practices if you are ready. Discovering my self care balance – a combination of yoga, meditation, diet, sleep and listening to my body – has changed my life.

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Five Game Changing Benefits of Yoga Every Day

Developing a daily yoga practice deeply changed my life. I say that not only as a yoga teacher, but also as a mom of three and a naturally anxious person. A daily practice is accessible to anyone with the discipline to make it happen. In this blog I explain: why yoga now, how to make your practice manageable, and the top 5 benefits of a daily practice. Developing a daily yoga practice can make you stronger, stand taller, more focused and feel better physically and emotionally.

Why Increase Your Practice in Such A Challenging Time?

While 2021 marks a fresh start, the challenges we faced in 2020 will not recede immediately. If you’ve been waiting to start yoga, exercise or increase your practice until after the pandemic, stop waiting! We have to take the time to breathe, move, focus our minds and rest. This is how we can manage our emotions and energy in the coming year.

Expand Your Definition of Yoga

The first step is to broaden your definition of yoga. A daily yoga practice (for most of us) is not a 60 minute sweaty Vinyasa class every day. Rather, it is breathwork, meditation, and any amount of time spent practicing the asana or postures. Your daily practice could be a mediation session, a couple of Sun Salutations, Chair Yoga stretches at your desk, a 20-30 minute flow, or a full 60 to 90 minute class. Having a shorter practice is better than having no practice at all. As the husband of one of my regular students said, “the benefits to her making the time for her yoga practice outweigh not taking the time to do it.”

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