||Choosing a yoga practise to suit the season can be difficult when the weather keeps changing! Generally Autumn weather is cooler at dawn and dusk so try to maintain an energising morning practice that keeps you warm at these times of the day. This is as simple as a series of Sun Salutations when you wake, followed by an invigorating hot drink of lemon, honey and ginger. Stimulate your body and your digestion to assist in warding away cold and lethargy as the seasons change
|New Years Resolution
||Looking for a positive start to the New Year? Try a Sankalpa! Instead of beating yourself up this New Year with resolutions that make you feel bad about yourself or things that you haven’t done, why not start it in a positive way by setting yourself a Sankalpa – a sentence or phrase that aims to bring about positive change. Think of a Sankalpa as awakening your will power, an internal vow to yourself.
|Posture in the office
||Most of us sit on a chair for some or part of our day, whether at home or at work. Use these simple tips to help improve your posture and relax:
- Keep both feet flat on the floor, keeping your feet, knees and thighs parallel
- Inhale and sit up tall, opening your chest and lifting out of your waist, making sure not to slouch
- Exhale and relax your shoulders back and down, relaxing them away from your ears
StressAre you feeling stressed? Can’t seem to focus? Remember to breath! Sounds simple doesn’t it! Simply by regulating your breath you can focus your mind and start to feel more relaxed. Start by taking 10 breaths – inhaling & exhaling for even counts (e.g two counts inhale, two counts exhale). Gently shut your eyes and relax your shoulders. Bring your focus and concentration to making your breath smooth and even. With each cycle of breath repeat the mantra “I am calm and at ease”. Try this simple technique to help bring some relaxation, stillness, and calm into your day – BREATH!
||Looking for a way to find some stillness in your busy day? It can be hard to find time to do a calming meditation practice for as long as we would like, so sometimes we need to find a way to adapt this practice so that we can still find the benefits of meditation in a busy lifestyle. Next time you are travelling on the train, waiting for a coffee, hanging out the washing or in between meetings, why not try a short ‘urban meditation’. Simply soften your eyes, relax your brow and jaw, and concentrate on the sound of your breath. Visualise this inhale and exhale and let thoughts drift by without focussing on them. Relax and drop your shoulders as you let this simple practice recharge your batteries.