This is one of my go-to strategies when I need to smile
I love keeping a gratitude journal. I have been keeping one for decades and credit it for helping me have a deep appreciation in my life regardless of the outer circumstances.
When I first learned about gratitude journals it was suggested to do them in the evening. However, I find first thing in the morning works better for me.
I would challenge anyone to try keeping one for 60 days and see what you discover.
Whether you come to my classes or not, I invite you to join in this 52 week challenge for body, mind and soul.
You can take the challenge for yourself, or you can like my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LivingSkyYoga and each day you finish the challenge pop an emoji in the comments. Each time a person does the challenge their name is entered into a draw at the end of the month.
This week we start with a movement challenge. Some people dread exercise, but I firmly believe movement should be FUN
See if you can find some fun ways to move your body and start the year right.
Today I conducted a workshop for other yoga teachers. The workshop was on yoga and foot health. To finish the workshop I took participants through giving themselves a relaxing foot massage.
In the lead up to this workshop I had been practicing this foot massage. It is one I used to do on myself often. However, it has been a long time since I gave myself this gift of time.
Of course, in the workshop I encourage and challenge participants to revisit this foot massage again (and again) taking time for a little self care. Yet, obviously I am not always great at following my own advice. This is an area I can work on.
How are you at taking time for a little self-care?
Do you make self-care part of your daily/weekly/monthly routine?
Do you have any plans for self-care prior to or during the holiday rush that will soon be upon us?
Can you make a commitment to schedule some time for giving yourself a little self-care before ending this year?
Self-care doesn’t have to be a luxury. Sometimes it is the simplest things that are the most nourishing.
I invite you to take some time to reflect on what self-care might look like for you.
If you need a little nudge to get you started, I invite you to join me Friday, November 26 at 6pm (CST) on Zoom and I will guide you through a relaxing foot massage.
How do you feel about your body?
In my university studies I came across some staggering statistics. Looking through several reports I learned the majority of women are unhappy with their bodies. Though percentages varied in different reports, the lowest one I found was 80% of women are unhappy with their bodies. Some studies reported the amount of dissatisfaction up as high as the mid 90s.
Though this occurs more frequently in women, men are not immune. The studies I have seen for men range from between 25-40% of men are unhappy with their bodies.
So, if you are unhappy with your body know that you are not alone.
I have also struggled with body image issues. Some days I still do.
As a new 7 week session of classes begins at my studioI know that some people will struggle to come to class because of how they feel about their body. Some might worry about what to wear. Some might feel they are too out of shape to come. Some might stress about keeping up or doing things ‘right’ (or how they look in certain poses) Some might think if they can lose a bit of weight first, then they’ll show up.
How do I know this? Because I have been there. I have wanted to try a new class or go to a new gym and had all of these this thoughts.
That is part of the reason why when I first decided to teach classes one priority was to offer classes for everyone—all ages, all abilities, all shapes, all sizes—You are welcome.
So, I invite you to come out to in-person classes, or try the virtual options. I want you to know that you are good enough just as you are. You are worthy of your own movement practice. I believe, movement practices should be joyful and fun.
Because I know that despite whatever words I say it can still be hard to show up, this year I will also start offering private sessions for those who might prefer to work one-on-one. These will be offered both virtually and in-person.
The past 6 months I have been working with Mark Walsh as a mentor. He has often said that sometimes it is too much for folks to love their body right now.
He says—If you can’t love your body, can you like your body? If you can’t like your body, can you be polite or civil to your body?
Maybe that is where to start today—just being polite to your body.
Maybe this week you will also join me for a class or two and a bit of joyful movement.
Maybe today you don’t quite believe in yourself, but know that I do.