The transition to fall can mean dryer and slightly cooler air. It can be difficult to stay hydrated, which is the key to keeping ourselves in balance and our immune system strong. Check out this video from Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Veronica Wolff-Casey and Yoga teacher Emilie Reid.
Try this simple 1 minute meditation to calm the nervous system and slow down your breath. It's especially effective for sitting in traffic.
Start by bringing your attention to your breath.
Notice your breathing in, and notice that you're breathing out.
As you inhale, say to yourself, "I am calm."
As you exhale, say to yourself, "I let go."
Continue a few more times. Watch as your breath slows down and the words get softer in your mind.
Take a short break to de-stress with this simple and fun yoga breath: Lion's Breath with Emilie Amstutz.
It only takes 5 minutes to reset your body and mind for the rest of your day. Enjoy this short Yin Yoga sequence and open to the possibilities of Spring, with Emilie Amstutz.
Warm up with a post-snow storm Moderate Yoga practice you can do at home. Stretch and strengthen your shoulders after shoveling or move your body if you've been on the couch watching the snow fall out the window.
With Emilie Amstutz
1. Meddy Teddy
Move over, Elf on the Shelf...Meddy Teddy is in town! A toy intended to get children excited about yoga, this handsome fellow is a big hit in our studio with adults. This totally adorable bear can bend into almost any yoga shape, all while maintaining his calm and gentle smile. Sure to be hit for whoever is on your gift list. But careful..you may want one for yourself. www.meddyteddy.com
2. Jade Yoga Voyager Mat
This super light super sticky travel mat is a great option at home or on the road. Throw it on top of any studio mat to get a good grip in your downward dog pose. Or fold it up and take your yoga with you to Granma's for the holidays. Weighing only 1.5 pounds, you'll barely notice this in your suitcase or backpack. www.jadyoga.com
3. Radiant Energy Serum from Lotus Wei
Spending a lot of time at the computer? Sore muscles? Tired from travel? Rub a little of this magical oil on. Infused with flower essences and the sweet smell of neroli and citrus, Radiant Energy helps balance energy and even hormones. We're convinced there's nothing this stuff can't fix. Try rubbing some on the back of your neck to warm up on cold winter days. www.lotuswei.com
4. Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates ad Katrina Kenison
One of yoga's great contemporary teachers Rolf Gates shares 365 short inspirations from his many years of teaching. Filled with great quotes and ideas to guide each day, this book is one your yogi will open again and again. www.rolfgates.com
The quickest way to a yogi's heart is the perfect cup of tea. We love Yogi Tea's Egyptian Licorice Mint blend which warms and soothes from the inside out. A great choice for winter mornings, with an inspirational quote for every cup. www.yogiproducts.com
6. EcoVessel Thermos/Water Bottle
What better way to keep your tea hot than with the EcoVessel insulated bottle. A thermos and water bottle in one, this triple-insulated bad boy keeps tea piping hot for up to 8 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 36. It even comes with a strainer for the loose-leaf-tea or lemon water lovers. www.ecovessel.com
Love getting a foot massage? Try massaging your own feet. Use a warming oil, like sesame or sunflower oil, massage your feet for a few minutes, then cover them with socks. The health benefits include boosting your immunity, reducing stress and helping prevent or repair plantar fascitis.
Check out this article from Yoga International for more on this great self-care ritual.
What do you really love? What activities nourish and inspire you? Perhaps it's a good book and a warm cup of tea. A piece of music that makes your skin tingle. Or playing with your children.
This year, instead of making new year's resolutions, write a list of things you love. No matter how small they seem.
And in moments where you have a sense of "I'm not sure what to do right now," turn to this list. It is in times of anxiety, stress, tension, and uncertainty that these activities can heal and nourish us most. Not that you have to wait for a dire moment to do them. The point is to do more of what you love.
During this #beinspired challenge, you've done many things. You've walked with loved ones, practiced yoga on your mat at home and at the studio with friends, listened to classical music and belted out classic rock songs in your car, knit scarves, watched speakers brave the stage to share their stories, swung on the swing with your children, started a book, finished a book, and started another book. And so much more.
But what you've really done over the last 21 days is to create your own catalog of activities that nourish and inspire you.
So on days when you there's a pause in your daily routine and you find yourself wondering, What can I do now?, take your dog for a walk, or watch a Ted Talk and learn something new.
And on the days when life feels tense or uncertain and you ask yourself, 'What should I do now?' return to this same list. Instead of trying to solve it all right away, ask yourself, 'what do I really love?' and do that.
Do more of the things that make you feel more really alive, the things you really love. That's what yoga--and really, life--is about.
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"Just because last year’s holiday was a bust doesn’t mean things will go awry this time."
The holidays can be interesting. Being around family can bring out things in us we don't experience the rest of the year.
Remembering the best moment of each day can help it feel like a new beginning and bring awareness to the abundance we have in our lives.
Check out this article on Thanksgiving and the Practice of Gratitude and write down 3 things you're grateful for today.
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