This week I really wanted to focus on a few things namely mindfulness, happiness and inner trust. I truthfully believe that all three are interconnected and that’s what I wanted to explore a bit more.
Mindfulness is such a big part of my life, it never used to be- being a fairly anxious individual- but now I cannot imagine my life without practising mindfulness.
So what exactly is it?
For me I would have to define it as a conscious effort to being aware of all of your surroundings, all of what you have and what you have been blessed with. Mindfulness means showing gratitude for what you have and what you simultaneously do not have. It is a state of inner peace with oneself and the world around them.
It can be incredibly difficult to establish mindfulness sometimes, with the ever-growing and fast-paced world things can get pretty chaotic rather quickly. I have put together a list of my favourite things to do in order to bring myself back to a state of “mindfulness” and serenity.
- Garden walks in nature – I take my little dogs with me which they absolutely adore.
- Sitting with a cup of your favourite tea and a good book. Pure bliss.
- Doing yoga, when it doubt – yoga it out.
- Just breathe- meditate for 10 minutes, you don’t have to panic that you’re doing it right! Just calmly sit or lie in a comfy position, eyes opened or closed and focus on your breath. You’ll be fine, I promise.
- Go on pinterest and find inspirational or mindful quotes, sounds silly but it always manages to make me feel better.
- Speak to loved ones or just be around good company.
- Laugh from the soul and appreciate the beautiful life you have.
Have a swell Monday.
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Hello lovely individuals.
I hope that you’ve been having a lovely week so far. I have been on holiday now for a bit and it has been pure bliss. Whilst having all this extra time on my hands I have seriously loved doing yoga pretty much every day of the week.
For a while I’ve been in a bit of a work-out slump. I felt like I was working out rather intensely, running longer distances etc. but not feeling good about it. Since reconnecting in my practice I’ve really felt my passion and overall will to exercise increase. It feels so good to move your body in the right way, and yoga allows me to do just that.
So if you’ve never tried it I 100% encourage you to give it a go. Seriously, I have never walked out of a yoga class or stepped out of a pose and not felt better. There is something about the practice that just opens your heart to the many joys and blessings that life has to give you.
I have decided to add a few yoga tips and “what to bring along to your first class” for all the newbies out there. Heck, I am still a new yogi, whilst I’ve been practising for around 2 years now I have so much to learn still and I am uber excited for the challenge and the growth that lies ahead.
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YOGA KNOW HOW:
- Make sure you don’t eat a heavy meal prior to class. I sometimes snack on a few almonds etc. if I feel I need the extra boost, but leave at least 1 1/2 hours of no-eating before you enter class.
- For your first class I recommend going at least 20 minutes early, you never know what the parking situation is and it’s super nice to meet your instructor-let them know it’s your first time and of any injuries you may have.
- Never compare yourself to others. Yoga is a personal journey. You are doing your best and that is what counts.
- It’s okay to giggle a bit in class, I know what it can be like if you go with friends or family, but try to be mindful of the others around you. Especially when leaving the room and individuals are still in shavasana.
- I always bring along a water but I try not drinking during class, I find it hinders my practice a bit and makes me less flexible. If you are feeling dizzy or not too good just be sure to lie down and focus on your breath.
- Have fun and just try your best.