Maintaining the Zen
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Hello & Happy Wednesday!!
In a chaotic world, how does one keep centered without reaching for a glass of vino? You have a million things to do and no time to do it. Sound familiar? While a glass of red at the end of a long day won’t break you. There are a myriad of other remedies to “keeping the zen” in your life. I’ve compiled a list of my go to strategies along with one of my favorite restorative yoga poses.
Yoga is the process of deconstructing all the barriers we may have erected that prevent us from having an authentic connection with ourselves and with the world. Yoga is a way of living and being that makes real happiness possible.
I find that as a New Yorker that in the past 7 years I walk faster, talk faster, and get more done in a single day than others do in a week. To become more in tune with your being I recommend slowing things down a notch and enjoying the experience in and out of the yoga studio. Instead of listening to your headphones while out and about, take in the world around you. Life is visually stimulating, and sometimes we are over stimulated. Simplify.
Did you know that giving back in any way shape or form has immense positive effects on the energy you carry and put out to others? Studies show that getting involved with a charity or donating to worthy causes you support ultimately can alleviate stress, depression, and even illness.
To maintain a balanced diet I recommend a super clean eating and juicing plan. To start your day off, I would enjoy water with a fresh squeeze of lemon, fresh cold press juice or due to its antioxidant properties black coffee. I personally enjoy SToK™ Cold-Brew Iced Coffee. No weird ingredients, options without sugar, just slow brewed pure goodness and the caffeine content is just right! (I can’t handle tons of caffeine either!). Find it in your local Walmart in the dairy isle. (pictured below)
I also advise fresh fruit or an avocado. Consuming fruits and vegetables on an empty stomach is an ideal morning routine as it gives your body the opportunity to absorb optimal nutrients as its not fighting anything else in your system to be absorbed, Try to curb your appetite after 7:00pm as your body begins to slow down metabolically and needs ample time to burn the calories you’ve consumed. Stick to natural sugars such as fresh or dried fruits.
For myself I find that yoga is a vessel for arriving in the present moment. It is a means rebirth and an opportunity to become more in tune with your spirituality. It is a way of removing the on the surface stress that infiltrates our lives, providing ease and balance. It is a means of staying in the intimate connection with ourselves, and identifying with the core of our being.
Just like you need to simplify your way of life, you need to stay present in the moment. The moments when you’re in your yoga practice and focusing on your breath, that’s when your practice really begins. Its not until we lose ourselves in the pose, that we truly find ourselves.
Living in the present is the best way to manifest positive energy. When things from the past envelope our minds they typically are negative experiences that can only hold us back and rob us of the joy in the present. Stay present. Stay positive.
Why I choose yoga?
Yoga is not a goal to strive towards, but more a spiritual force that organically serves to bind all living beings together.
Cultivate beauty from the inside. Our perception of the world around us is contingent on how we feel about ourselves on the inside. When we strip away the tangible things that cover us and shield us from our identity, who are we? Yoga reminds me that its what’s in our hearts that truly reflects upon who we are.
Studies show when someone finds their true calling in life and the one thing that makes them feel alive, that they organically are healthier and happier than those still searching for the one thing that makes them tick. Just because your passion may not be what you do for a living, that doesn’t mean that you can’t pursue this passion outside of work. If you enjoy it, you will make time for it, if you’re finding joy, you’re finding happiness.
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Backbend Through a Chair Variation B
- Place your chair on a yoga mat so that it is secure, and the pad the edge of the chair with a second mat with a blanket folded in the middle. This will be used to support your head later.
- Sit on the floor facing away from the seat of the chair. Lifiting your buttocks off the floor, carefully bring your elbow onto the seat of the chair.
- Place your upper back along the dye of the chair and slowly slide backward until you can reach your arms through the gap between the seat and the back of the chair. If this is too intense for your shoulders, you can simply bend your elbows and grasp the back of the seat of the chair. Otherwise, reach your arms through the gap and straighten them completely.
- Very slowly begin to hinge from your upper back, sawing your lower ribs down toward your belly and lowering your buttocks toward the floor. Come to rest on top of the bolster. For more advanced, lower your legs to the floor, then remove the bolster be seated on the floor.
- Breathe fully into those places in your body where you hold tension in your back and shoulders. Breathe fully into these places, and exhale completely, allowing yourself to sigh out through your mouth.Stay for one to three minutes, and when you release take a few moments to feel the effects of this dramatic opening.