Yoga Simple Practice
Yoga simple practice. Ahh! Just the word “simple” is relaxing to us on-the-go girls. The world we live in can demand so much. We do all we can to meet those demands, don’t we? We love to give of ourselves and use and fully develop our gifts and talents to help better our lives and the lives of those around us.I know you do! So do I. The only problem is that if we don’t take time fill ourselves back up, pretty soon we have nothing more to give. We have emptied ourselves completely and sometimes get so tired and worn down that we just can’t keep going.This can lead to a host of physical, mental, and spiritual troubles that can sometimes be serious and require the help of a physician. We must take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others and so that we can fully live.
By nature, we females are wired to be nurturers, and often we forget to nurture ourselves. Along comes the big bad burnout to take the fun out of everything. Whether your goals include flexibility, stress release, or even weight loss, starting a yoga simple practice can help you get to where you want to be. We could all benefit from taking a few minutes every day to slow down, calm our minds, and just relax with some simple yoga. Our crazy schedules can backfire on us in big ways if we are not careful to take of ourselves, mind, body, and spirit.
There are many ways that we can slow down and just enjoy every moment while being truly present, in the moment. Let’s run a little “do you need to take some time out” test.
Do you ever notice that you are suddenly aware that you have no idea what the person who is talking to you just said?
Do you ever get somewhere with no recollection of the drive?
Do you lose your train of thought because your mind is wondering in a million directions?
Do you have trouble turning off your racing thoughts so that you can sleep?
Do you startle easily?
Are you irritable?
Do you feel you have no control over your life?
Are you tired all of the time, even when you get enough sleep?
Do you feel anxious or worried?
Most of us will have answered yes to at least one of these questions, and some of us to all of them. The good news is that you don’t have to live this way. You might want to make an appointment with your doctor for a good checkup. That is never a bad idea just in case your body needs a little tweak to keep optimum health. Soon you will find lots of great articles here on all things mind, body and spirit. We are here for you!
We have taken up a yoga simple practice and I am here to tell you there is hope! I will confess that I had all of those symptoms from time to time, and since I have been consistent in my practices (I talk about them in a minute), I am symptom free. I can enjoy my life so much more because I can stay right here, right now.
You see, we can waste our lives thinking about the past, or the future. The past can’t be changed or relived, and the future will be whatever is in the plan for our lives. All we can do is fully embrace right now, because this moment is our lives. Embrace the moment and fully live!
That’s good talk right, but how can this actually happen?
It is a scientific fact that meditating for 40 minutes, five days a week actually helps us grow more gray brain matter. It helps us with making decisions (that’s always good), and it actually shrinks the area of our brains that controls troublesome things like anxiety. So it makes us smarter and removes stress? Why would we not do it? Meditation can include praying, watching the ocean waves, focusing on your breathing ,or a simple mantra while doing your yoga simple practice. I love doing all of those things, and when I do consistantly employ all of those forms of meditation into my daily routine, I am able to feel calm when I used to feel stress. I can stay in the moment and truly enjoy the days that I have been given on this earth. I can love life, and so can you!
To begin your yoga simple practice, try Legs Up the Wall.
- Lie down on your back with your legs up the wall, as if you are sitting on the wall with your back on the floor.
- Take time to scan your body for tension.
- Breathe into the tense area, letting the tight muscles melt with your exhale.
- Try not to let your mind wander, but if thoughts come into your head, acknowledge them and let them go.
- Sometimes just focusing on your breathing will quiet your mind. You just don’t want to think about your to do list or anything that is a worry or stress in your life. Just focus on this moment.
- Don’t sleep, but hover just above sleep.
- Do this for 20 minutes and you will feel as refreshed as after a full night of sleep.
Relax, breathe, recharge, and live!!!!