The Importance of Daily Spiritual Practices

The Importance of Daily Spiritual Practices

I’ve observed that many people now turn to holistic practices such as yoga and meditation in times of turmoil and this is wonderful as they offer a way to heal without trying to numb which has been the dominant approach for us in the West for some time. But with time, these practices tend to be pushed to the sidelines as we begin to feel better, get busier and generally get sucked back into what we consider to be the ‘real world’. 

This is unfortunate because the value in finding such time for ourselves extends far beyond healing what already hurts. It can also provide us with motivation, mental clarity and meaning so we can aim to be our best more consistently. My own practice slipped in the past couple of months as I spent all my time travelling and given the chance to reflect on this recently, I noticed my usual levels of intention and mindfulness lower too.  My mind can provide a thousand excuses for why this is OK but thankfully I know better than to listen to that. 

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5 Ethical Things To Do In Chiang Mai, Thailand: Healthy Lifestyle & Leaving a Positive Impact

5 Ethical Things To Do In Chiang Mai, Thailand: Healthy Lifestyle & Leaving a Positive Impact

Chiang Mai is a bustling city in the Northern mountainous region of Thailand; it’s full of obvious treasures (and plenty of hidden gems) ready to fill visitors with awe and wonder.  Chiang Mai is the fourth most populous city in the country with about 170 thousand people living within the perimeter and many more on the outskirts.

While the center of town can feel typically Southeast Asian with lots of concrete, traffic and pollution, rest assured there is peace to be found within the chaos and luscious jungles and gorgeous mountains and not very far away. All in all, keeping yourself busy, relaxing, and generally making the most of your time will be so easy as there is so much on offer.

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Winter Wellness Boost (with a 20 Minute Hip Opening Yoga Sequence)

Winter Wellness Boost (with a 20 Minute Hip Opening Yoga Sequence)

For most of us living in the Northern hemisphere, winter can bring about stagnancy and dullness. We dont get much day light or fresh air, and for many people recreational time usually involves some form of static indoor activity such as reading or catching up on films. Our appetites gravitate us towards meals that are hot, dense and comforting but leave us with little energy to spare for anything else but digestion. All these different factors can add up to extreme lethargy and more frequent lower moods which can become obstacles to us accomplishing all that we want and should.  

Physical exercise can be an excellent way to bring in a little more balance into the season but finding motivation for this is challenging.  We are inclined to take things easier during the colder months as the body needs to conserve energy but rather than giving up exercise all together, consider taking a gentler approach with exercises such as tai-chi and of-course, yoga. They encourage a more balanced distribution of energy within the body and even just a few minutes of movement can bring about noticeable changes to our mood, energy levels and physical health.  

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Reflections on Trekking Madagascar for WaterAid

Reflections on Trekking Madagascar for WaterAid

It has now been nearly a month since my return from the beautiful island of Madagascar, and although I’ve already shared many stories with friends and family, now feels like an appropriate time for a little bit more reflection because albeit short, it really was a trip of a lifetime and I’m eternally grateful for having had the opportunity to experience it. I’m still not entirely sure why this trip far exceeded all of my expectations or why it felt so special. As a seasoned traveller with six continents and thirty-five countries under my belt, I can say with certainty that there was much more to it than just following my sense of wanderlust or having a new experience.  It was something much deeper that I can’t quite put into appropriate words but feel compelled to try anyway. The aim of this trip was to try and raise money for WaterAid and to learn more about the work they do in Madagascar.  Of course, with that came the opportunity to learn more about the country, and to experience some of its natural wonders, and to meet some of its beautiful people.

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How to Prepare For Your First Yoga Class

How to Prepare For Your First Yoga Class

If you’ve never attended a group yoga class but are considering giving it a go, getting ready is thankfully very simple and taking a few minutes to do a little research on what to expect can ease some of the possible anxiety.

Before you go:  Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach so try to avoid eating anything before attending (or give yourself as much time as possible to digest full meals), you’ll be glad you did. Hydration is also very important so make sure to drink plenty of water before and after class. You can take a bottle of water with you, especially if it’s a Vinyasa flow or hot yoga class, but be aware that some traditional classes in the Ashtanga style would ask that you not drink during practice. Next, wear clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement in any way. Active wear is best but also consider you’ll likely be spending a bit of time upside down so a top that fits more snugly or can be tucked in would be ideal.

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