The art of slowing down.
With so many different styles of yoga, and perhaps a general understanding of yoga being 'movement', people can sometimes be unaware of the deep stillness in some styles of yoga - not just in the mind but in the body too. Having a deeper inward focus and time to reflect and enjoy the real feeling of your body taking different shapes, and releasing them, slowly can be so very enlightening. It can be deeply transformative, and can show you so many things about yourself. It's the practices of Yin and Restorative yoga that I bring together in my weekly Slow Down yoga classes, and monthly Slow Sunday yoga workshops, that I truly believe can benefit us deeply in the crazy, busy, modern world. It’s perfect a form of self-care for body and mind. Read on to find out more.Read More
This is the first of my blog posts around the Autumn Equinox, looking at finding some self-care practices and rituals at this transitional time of year. If you're following my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/yogaformodernlife) then you'll be getting some brilliant yoga self-care ideas each day for the next week. So here I'm sharing a really gorgeous idea - simply doing nothing, the ultimate in self care!
The Absolute Necessity of Doing Nothing - a habit to feed your soul.
We are just too busy, too occupied, too distracted, too over-scheduled. We try so many strategies: new calendars, to-do lists, long lost New Year’s resolutions, and endless promises to ourselves to do less. But we don’t.
So do these three things instead.
1. Three times a week take a 20 minute relaxation. Lie down, set a timer, cover your eyes and totally disconnect from the world.
2. Do not look at your phone during meals. Put it in another room and turn it off.
3. Look through your calendar every Sunday and see what you can take off for the following week.
These three simple things will help you start creating more space and silence and ease in your life. You will have more time to create and reflect and this will be healing and energizing at the same time. The greatest luxury in an over-scheduled life is simply unfilled time. Learn to do nothing. Lie on your couch and look out the window. No music, no cell phone, no talking, nothing. We all crave more space and the cooling balm of space and time. Invite emptiness into your life whenever and wherever you can. Soak in the silence and stillness to be found somewhere in your day. This practice is anything but a waste of time. “It feeds the soul and NOURISHES our life.”
Judith Hanson Lasater, Originally published by Living Yoga Dallas, 2015.
It’s supposed to be ‘the most wonderful time of the year’. And yes it can be so very magical but Christmas can also be such a stressful time. With the list of things to do just mounting up - increased family commitments, lots of nights out, parties the children must be taken to, the added expense, work still to do, and all the booze (plus the killer hangovers) to contend with. Arggghh!
So to help you keep your cool this Christmas here are 6 top tips for a calm Christmas.Read More
So many of us would like to be able to sleep better, and we often short change ourselves by not getting enough sleep. But it’s really important to put sleep at the top of your priorities. It’s just so important for a healthy and happy life, in fact science has now proved the adequate sleep is vital for many of the body and brains functions. When we don’t sleep well we reduce the body’s innate healing and restoring capabilities. Preparing the mind and body for sleep is key.
So here’s 5 top tips that I have gathered to aid your journey to the land of nod.Read More
Sometimes all it takes is a tiny change to boost your happiness. The simple eye pillow may be one of our most powerful healing tools, especially when it comes to a balanced nervous system. Your vagus nerve is one of twelve cranial nerves that originates in the brain, travels down the back of the neck and into the chest and heart, and then moves down into the abdomen and digestive tract.Read More