Stay Safe, Relaxed & Healthy
Tips for staying healthy and relaxed during these challenging times
Meditation has helped me in so many ways during every stage of life, no matter what I was going through. The harder the times were, the more rewarding it felt to be meditating.
One way to help strengthen the lungs, oxygenate the blood, and simultaneously relax and invigorate the entire body is to practice a technique called Energizing Breath. Stand with your feet together or a comfortable distance apart and turn your palms out. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose as you raise your arms out to the sides and above your head, joining your palms at the end of the inhalation. As you exhale audibly through your mouth, turn your palms down as you bring your hands back to your sides. Repeat 5 to 10 times. Then relax your arms, shoulders, neck, and face. To deepen your practice, with each exhalation, repeat out loud “Nitai Gaur” for the length of your exhalation (Niiiiiiiiiiii—-Taiiiiiiiiiii—-Gauurrrrrr). Then, when you inhale, for the length of the inhalation, repeat the sound mentally to yourself for the length of your inhalation.
I think lots of us are this happy to be playing on the beach again!
Now that summer is on the way, it’s time to start thinking about what we can grow in our gardens. There’s nothing better for our diet than eating fresh, wholesome ingredients. And the less we need to depend on the grocery store right now the better.
Although practicing social distancing is good, don’t let it get in the way of your getting enough exercise. Depending on where you live, exercising outdoors where there are not many people around, like going for a hike or a bike ride, might be good options for you. And of course, yoga asanas are an excellent exercise, and are something you can practice anytime on your own. So don’t just hide indoors. Get out and get some sun and vitamin D. It will boost your mood and your immune system!
Rather than being sad about what you can’t do right now, take the time to appreciate all the things you took for granted just a month ago.
In the winter months, when it’s always overcast outside, it’s easy to start feeling sluggish and a little depressed. But when springtime comes and the sun shines brightly, we naturally cheer up. Likewise, if we’re experiencing anxiety, fear, or loneliness, we can find internal sunshine in our yoga practice.
One of the nice things about yoga is that it’s a personal practice. So if we’re not able to go to work, or go out and socialize with others, that doesn’t interfere with us practicing yoga. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Often, we don’t make time to meditate because we’re so busy spending time with friends or with other engagements. So having extra time can be a really good thing if we use it wisely.Try Method 10 from my Easy Meditation for Everyone kit. It only takes two minutes to practice.
When putting a mask on, it’s good to keep your face and mask clean. That’s why I usually wear gloves to put my mask on.
Even a few moments of meditation can help set the right mood for the entire day. Have you tried my Easy Meditation for Everyone Kit?I’ve tried to make it simple for you to add a few minutes a day of meditation to your life.
Even if you have to drive a little ways to get there, nothing quite compares to a walk out in nature.
What a view to put down a yoga mat. It’s so nice to be out in the fresh air without needing to wear a mask. Whenever you have the chance today, take a deep breath of fresh air and then slowly exhale. Who would have thought something so simple could be so calming?
Take time to tend to what you care about and it will thrive.
It’s unavoidable that some things in life will drain our energy. That’s why it’s so important to take time each day to recharge.
Another benefit from my years of practicing yoga asanas is they have helped me maintain my stamina and energy levels. I appreciate this every time I get to play with my grandchildren! It’s never too late to start practicing if you don’t already!
Dear Friends,If you haven’t already, I would like to invite you to experience the benefits of adding yoga poses to your life. There are so many positives to be found—including improving your mood and giving you an energy boost. You don’t have to be flexible to start, just do your best. Try it for even just a week and see if you notice a difference!
Even a few moments of meditation can help set the right mood for the entire day.
One way to add a positive change to your life, whether it be exercise, better rest, or improvements to your diet, is to think of all the benefits you’ll gain from that activity. Visualizing how your life will improve with your new habit is a great motivator.
There are different ways to look at life experiences. If you look back at a difficult event in your life, you may be able to see how it was just a part of a much larger and more positive whole.
When you start to feel overwhelmed, recognize that there are certain things you just don’t have any control over. Rather than worrying about what you can’t change, your time and energy are better spent on the things that you can actually have an impact on.
Why not take some time today to reach out to a relative or friend you haven’t talked to in a while? You never know, you may be able to deliver the encouragement they were really needing. I think I’ll call my mom now 🙂