This post is about trying to live summer mindfully. The past ten months have left me dreading summer because of the grief I'd associated it with. I've had first-hand experience of how negative thinking can negatively impact not only your mind but your health and your outlook. Going through grief last summer inevitably put me on an emotional rollercoaster of sadness, anger and finally, acceptance. On some days I'd feel in control and on other days I'd have sleepless nights, overwhelmed by feelings that come with loss, things I couldn't change and self-created obstacles. However, rather than feeling self-pity, I'm grateful for what I'm continuing to learn and fairly proud of how my outlook has and is changing.
Below is all about yoga and meditation. If, like me, you believe in the power of the mind, have been through a difficult time or just want to reset your thoughts, feel free to join me on this journey.
I've found that practising yoga is so effective in taking care of the 21st-century-stressed-out human. Below are 3 reasons why you should give it a go if you haven't already:
Our ancestors only used to worry about stayin' alive, stayin' alive (sorry Bee Gees, I had to). Where we'd previously battle for food, we're now skipping breakfast and battling traffic on our way to work. It's been so helpful for me to take just a small fraction out of my day to clear my mind.
2) And relax...oh wait
What I love about yoga toning and core sequences is that they are deceptive workouts; you feel as though you're relaxing but the next morning, you feel the effects. The great thing about home yoga is that you can choose when and what to do, based on how you feel. (I use the fabulous YouTube videos by Yoga With Adriene). Let's not forget about the endorphins that are released during physical activity, which alleviate stress, reduces aches and just makes you feel good.
3) Just breathe - Ujjayi breath
Breathing is the first and last and - needless to say - the most important thing we do. Ujjayi translates to 'victorious' and this breathing technique involves breathing in and out through the nose. I've found this extremely helpful when I feel anxious or just need to take some time out.
I started yoga three years ago and have since noticed such a positive change in my posture, flexibility and ability to chill out. I try to get on the mat every morning, especially when I've got a long day ahead. When I've skipped a day, I definitely feel the difference!
In my eyes, being mindful is trying to be the best version of myself I can be. I try to do this through being selective of my thoughts, only pointing my time and attention towards things that will serve me, staying focused and most of all...having fun and living.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!