Isn’t it funny how often the things that help and support us the most go out of the window when we most need them?
Yoga, meditation, prayer, journaling, affirmations…..are all amazing tools to help us navigate our way through life but often when a busy or stressful time hits they can easily be the things to be “too busy” for.
This is the time when they are most helpful!
I have just had a crazy busy month, aside from all my yoga classes I’ve taught on a retreat, I’ve run two 3 day corporate training courses up North, I’ve run a workshop and I’ve been up in Manchester sorting a lovely lady out with her winter wardrobe (I’m also a personal stylist!). It’s been a month of focus, time management and energy management! Amazingly I feel connected to my own yoga practice more than ever.
I’ve taken my yoga mat to hotels and practiced before work and I’ve gone to classes in the
evening (a treat as a yoga teacher who teaches most nights!). As well as the physical practice helping to keep me clear headed, calm and body relaxed, what has also helped is to remember all I have learnt through yoga through out the day whilst I am busy :
To stop and breathe deeply
To notice when my body is tensing and consciously relax it
To stretch and move about through out the day, even if just for a couple of minutes
To trust in myself, even when I feel a bit out of my comfort zone to know I am enough
To be myself, the moment I feel like I have to be something I am not, to put on an act, my body tenses and I don’t feel as confident
To listen to what I need, to rest when I can, to practice yoga to help me feel in my body and grounded
To be kind to myself and everyone I meet
To be aware of what I am putting in my body, eating nutritious food that will give me energy and keep me healthy
To set an intention of what I want to focus on that day; being relaxed/ being brave/ being playful/ being creative – what ever will help me most that day
Hopefully this will serve you on the run up to Christmas, a special time that can sometime leave us pulled in different directions!
If you’d like some help creating a self practice I am running a workshop on this in January, 9th, 2-5pm. Bookings through me!
Namaste, and Happy Christmas!