When this year first started I thought about what brings me true joy and one of the first things that came up was helping others. This is a pretty normal reaction because we tend to feel elevated whenever we are able to help others – be it with our time, skills or money. Actually, when I feel low I’ve learned to automatically switch gears in my mind and think about something that I could do for someone else and immediately feel a sense of relief. This is an effective technique because we can get stuck in our own internal bubble of thought and thinking this way allows us to widen our perspective. Usually, whatever was worrying me or bringing me sadness, seems pale in comparison to the bigger picture.
Most yoga classes last an hour and include people from many walks of life, all with different abilities and backgrounds. This makes it challenging for the teacher to ensure everyone is able to follow and for the students to keep up without compromising on the quality of their practice. The teachers should, of course, be on hand to guide the students through the sequence but it’s not likely that they’ll get to cover every relevant alignment cue, breathing technique and modification in such a short amount of time. Thankfully, however, there are several universal principles we could utilize to ensure that we get the most out of our mat each time we practice.
Our most popular websites in the West include social media, online shops, mainstream news, and celebrity gossip. All serve their purpose and some can even make our lives easier on occasion but I know that in the past I’ve had times where I found myself mindlessly scrolling through feeds looking for something worthwhile to capture my attention without much avail. Thankfully, I’ve since discovered a whole new world of constantly expanding high quality content designed around healthy and mindful living that can actually add value to my life.
Well&Good – Years ago, I used to be an avid follower of the NYC edition of the online portal but they now have a universal version that is amazing. Definitely targeted towards women, it includes articles on physical wellbeing, skincare and fitness to name a few. My favorite series is the ‘Refrigerator Lookbook’ where you can peek inside fridges of people from the wellbeing industry.