Earlier today I added a blog post with a 3-Minute Beginner’s Body Scan. This is a follow-up to that. When I did a poll on Instagram Stories a while back & talked to clients, friends & family, the number 1 ask was for guided writing prompts. Initially I was surprised it wasn’t for more yoga videos or meditations, but after thinking about it for a while I realized that sitting down to write can be realIy intimidating. A blank page just staring back at you, waiting for you to write something earth shattering, lol, but that’s actually not at all what it’s about.⠀ ⠀ Brain dumping and journaling is used by some of the most successful people in the world, and they do it multiple times a day. They often combine specific prompts with a physical journal. It’s said that each morning Benjamin Franklin asked himself, “What good shall I do this day?” and each evening, “What good have I done today?” Steve Jobs asked, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do?” Oprah Winfrey starts each day with her gratitude journal, noting five things for which she’s thankful. Albert Einstein amassed more than 80,000 pages of notes in his lifetime.⠀ ⠀ This is a form of release, of organizing the thoughts and feelings in your head, of inspiring creativity, of gathering information about your life, as well as your physical and mental wellbeing. So here is one of many guided writing prompts I’ll be providing you, this one is specific to the body scans I’ll be releasing one-by-one over the next week or so, but there will be many more.⠀ ⠀ Enjoy – Stay safe – Stay healthy – Be kind to one another – Look out for one another…and take care of yourself during these incredibly trying times!⠀ ⠀ XOXO
Anytime you start to feel stress or anxiety creep up use the acronym, STOP!!!⠀
Stop! Take a nice deep inhale through the nose. Notice how the air is cool as it enters the nostrils. Now take a nice long exhale out of the nose. Notice that the air is now warm. Take another deep breath in through the nose, but this time on your exhale open the mouth and let it go, finding release and relaxation. Observe where you are. Observe your thoughts and emotions. Observe how the physical body feels. Now proceed. ⠀
Use this acronym any time you feel the need to bring your body and mind back into balance.⠀
I have found that this simple little exercise has taught me how to respond to stress more effectively. It allows me to have more control over how I react and shortens the amount of time stress and anxiety has “control” over the present moment. ⠀
Save this blog post so you can come back to it anytime stress or anxiety starts creeping up, and share it with others that might find it useful. Happy Monday.
Backbends are some of my favorite yoga poses to practice! I love the way they make me feel, and I love the way they challenge me. Also, how cool are they? The shapes we can make with our bodies still fascinates me. As with most or even all yoga poses, backbends offer many benefits, let’s take a look at some of those benefits, as well as poses to get you started.
I get A LOT of questions about yoga. Emails, texts, phone calls…oh the mystery that is yoga. Today I have decided to answer some of these questions. Though I know I will not be able to answer them all, I have chosen to answer the most frequent questions. Let’s get started and dissect some yoga stuff today.
“I’m starting with the man in the mirror.” Putting aside any opinions we might have of Michael Jackson as a person, Michael Jackson as an artist, wow! This song in particular get’s me every time I hear it. In the song “Man In The Mirror” Michael Jackson says: Continue reading “Man In The Mirror”