I love my yoga, that is no surprise. However I am starting to get my routine back and implementing yoga as a big part of that really benefits me.
Yoga is such an easy form of exercise and relaxation to implement. I just take my yoga to the lounge room while I watch tv, or out to the deck off my kitchen and do whatever feels good to me. If I want to practice breathing and mindfulness I can, if I want to work on some muscle areas I can but most of all I do what I want to feel.
After yoga I feel like I have been reset, my mind is clear, I’m relaxed and even my posture is better. I’ve started to read a book called “make your own rules”, it’s by a yogi called Tara Stiles, she started the alternative yoga called strala. What I love her first of all is her no fuss, no stress approach. She encourages you to do what comes naturally, no pushing yourself, no “no pain no gain” approach, just do what feels good. Which brings me to her book, I started reading it this week and she talks about making your own rules based on what you want to feel like, about realising what makes you feel good. I love this idea because so often I do feel good after exercise, but prior to beginning we always think about the effort and struggle involved rather than the benefits. If we take this approach to things we would never do any of them.
So I’ve decided to make myself some rules. I have been working on them subconsciously over the last few weeks but it’s time to make a draft official outline.
- Enjoy the day – I want to stop sleeping in until nearly lunch time so I can enjoy the morning, get out in the sunshine, spend some time after work outside even if it’s just taking the computer or a book outside to read
- Food – I want to be organised and eat fresh nutritious food, which I have been getting better at and now we can have our food delivered it’s even easier, I need to go out and buy less groceries.
- Exercise – Although I love my yoga, I still like to get some cardio in too. I have a gym membership and at the moment I’m doing my best to get 3 days a week in, but my exercise rule for now is just to move daily… Whether that’s yoga at home on the deck, in front of the tv, going for a walk or getting to the gym.
- Down time – I need to learn to take down time. Reading, watch a little tv at the end of the day, take a few minutes to sit and do some deep breathing and clear my thoughts for a moment. I think sometimes I use the blog this way, I like to sit in a quiet place undistracted and write.
- Socialise – I don’t spend enough time catching up with friends and family, I would like to work on this. My partner and I complain we don’t see enough of each other so I think I would like to do more with him, and take at least one day a week to catch up with friends, whether it’s for a coffee in the morning, or a visit after work or lunch on my days off. I think it’s important to invest in our relationships.
I guess what my goals really are involve very simple concepts. Eat, move, talk and rest. But, making this list has made me think about what brings me happiness, and it’s not about my possessions or how much money I make, it’s about being with people and feeling good. This is something we can get from the sun, some good old fashioned vitamin D and why not get this while we exercise or while catching up with people. Get outside and enjoy the atmosphere.
Who would’ve thought we could take the end result to develop the goals… Figure out what you want to feel, and make a list of what makes gives you that feeling, and just do it! It doesn’t have to cost a cent, nothing on my list costs any more. Having said that sometimes shopping therapy can be good too.