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.
Christmas is fast approaching and alongside it often comes a frenzy of shopping and social events which can leave us feeling worn out and generally uninspired. This is unfortunate because this time of year has the potential to be truly magical; it’s when we can cosy up with a paperback book we haven’t had a chance to get to and of course, it’s also when we get the chance to spend quality, uninterrupted time with our friends and family.
Taking a step back and being aware of what is happening around us rather than getting caught up within it, will help create those priceless memories instead of maybe cultivating something not wholly positive. And generating this awareness can be really simple and quick; just finding a few minutes for yourself and then making a couple of better choices each day can be all it takes to have a happy and memorable day.