Sunday, 1 September 2013
The way we feel is a direct result of our choices. Our bodies and emotions reveal our decisions, if not instantly, then over time. I love the feeling of being well and knowing that it is because I've been good to myself, I have chosen "well" for myself.
It is not easy to take the most positive path at every turn and sometimes we have to detour and make mistakes to again remember how we prefer to feel and what we need to do to get there.
There are days and sometimes weeks when I get out of rhythm and it is easy to become disheartened but we must realise that this is part of the journey. Fluctuation and imbalance are part of living, how we deal with it determines our happiness.
When my body tells me I haven’t been making the best choices, I don’t beat myself up over it, I know I have the tools to regain my balance. I know what I can do to re-enegise and feel clean and how to nurture myself (not punish myself) back to Wellness……
You can too!
Monday, 19 August 2013
Yoga Asana – A Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Practice…. potentially! Lauren Lillie
I can clearly remember the feeling of gratitude embracing me as I lay in Savasana after my first class of Yoga. That day I grasped the handle to a door, opened it and walked through to a new phase of my life, where I would explore my body and my health with more connection and love.
Yoga is described as union - my experience of this is that Yoga harmonizes polarities. It embodies strength and softness, trying and surrendering, introspection and outside awareness, movement and stillness, acceptance and change.
On a physical level Yoga requires our muscles to work in synergy. Dormant areas of the body are awakened, restoring co-ordination, balance and mobility. Using our own body weight the postures subtly shape and define, and the low impact nature allows joints to open and muscles to simultaneously strengthen and lengthen.
On an emotional level Yoga creates a space for inner reflection and smooths the fluctuation of emotions and mental turbulence brought about by our lives. By narrowing our focus to the quality of each breath and movement, tension begins to dissolve and a quiet clarity settles in. I honor the time spent on my mat as I have found that the consistency of my state of mind is relative to the consistency of my practice.
On a spiritual level practicing Yoga impels us to listen more closely to the messages of our bodies and cultivate a deep and nurturing relationship with ourselves. Within the dimensions of our mat we encounter an awareness the noise of living often overshadows, and this attunement to our body is a gateway to our deepest sources of wisdom, compassion and in essence, spirituality.
Welcome to my wellness journal, a behind the scenes look at what goes into my business Embodhi Wellness. If you are into Yoga, we have something in common ;) have a read of my first posted article, "Yoga - A Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Practice". My thoughts on Asana..... maybe it resonates with you.