This week I have been reminded (yet again!) of the power of yoga, the power of the daily practice, and the power of living with intention.
Lately, my morning yoga practice had gotten derailed and was not as consistent as I wanted it to be. Many reasons for this, some really good reasons and some not so good reasons. Ultimately, the main reason? Life.
Stress has become a common part of life, maybe even an expected part of life. When did it become so normal to be stressed all the time? Was it this way for past generations too or is this a modern symptom? Either way, stress is a big part of most of our lives and we have to take control of it if we don't want stress running our lives.
Back online today after five days off. Taking the time off to focus on the absolutely necessities and simplify was just what I needed. I feel like a new woman, refreshed and centered again.
Before my break I was scattered, had trouble focusing, and was feeling lost. I have been though a lot of changes in the last few months and I have several options in front of me. And yet I felt stuck because I could not decide what to do. All of that combined with the nearly nonstop information input from the internet and social media, it is no wonder I was feeling lost.
A study of the long term effect of fruit and vegetable consumption on happiness and the sense of well-being was released in this month's American Journal of Public Health. The researchers studied over 12,000 people and found that consuming 8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day had a statistically significant effect on the participants' happiness and sense of well-being. The result of consuming 8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day had the same impact on the level of happiness as when a person goes from being unemployed to employed. That's huge!
If change requires us to take a chance and make a choice, then is it also true that if we don't take a chance then we are choosing to not change?
I like using monthly goals instead of year long resolutions. Monthly goals are easier to commit to and each month offers a fresh start if the previous month has been difficult. Some of my monthly goals carry over from month to month; others goals are specific to each month. Keeping it fresh helps me stay focus on the moment and the goals for that time. This helps me be more successful too.
This Christmas season was the best Christmas I have had in a long time. For many of the past years, Christmas was a time of stress, trying to hang on to any Christmas cheer I could find, and frustration or disappointment. Frustration and disappointment was a common theme because of expectations that I had for the holiday and expectations that I put on others and myself. And when those expectations weren't met, frustration or disappointment were sure to follow
Newest FWFG Yoga Calendars
December brings LIGHT as we move through the holiday season and move into the new year toward what is TRUE.
This calendar is a great one to share with your family and friends or anyone interested in trying out yoga. This month will help them learn the poses and empower them to try more practices with a solid understanding of the poses.
This calendar is also an opportunity for those of us with experience to strengthen our foundations by digging deeper into the asanas. With practice and experience, there is an opportunity to notice new things when we go back and revisit the foundations.
I have been trying to write this post all week. I've been having trouble finding the right words. One reason is because the trip was so incredible it has taken me awhile to even process it. The other reason is because I am afraid that my words can't do this experience justice. It is like my friend Jennifer and I were talking about with regards to the pictures we were taking there. The pictures were beautiful, but we felt that the pictures could not even begin to match the beauty before our eyes. I feel this way now with trying to find the right words to write about this experience. No words I choose can fully portray the effect this experience has had on me, but I will do my best to try.
Last week I had the pleasure and privilege of participating in the first ever FWFG yoga retreat. I know it sounds cliché to say this, but I'm going to go ahead and say it anyways because it's true. This experience changed my life. The people, the yoga, the location; it all impacted me on many levels and I came home with a shift of perspective with many things.
Living life on autopilot
Physically tired but mentally recharged. It has been a long time since I felt that way. And I didn't even realize that until last night. My status of late as been physically and mentally tired or exhausted at the end of each day. Honestly, I'm not even sure the last time I felt the way I felt last night.
That's the ironic thing about life though. Sometimes we are so busy living life that we don't even realize that we aren't truly living life! I had gotten into the routine of things- family, work, responsibilities, etc; and had gotten used to the complete fatigue at the end of the day. That had become my norm. But because of accepting that as my norm, I almost missed out on the opportunity to be reminded to make time to live life.