Sprinkle It With Yoga
When you take a moment to think about it, every action you take is filled with the attitude you chose to infuse it with. Sprinkle every action with a little more love, a little more light and a little more gratitude. Here are a few suggestions on how...enjoy!
Simple everyday activities are a great place to start. Take for example, the act of brushing your teeth. First you must start by observing yourself doing the act. Do you stand? Squat? Lay down? Dance around? Take a moment to notice what your normal movements are while cleaning your pearly whites.
Next challenge yourself to use your teeth brushing time to your advantage. Perhaps, you need to invite more stillness into your life so see if you can simply sit down and really concentrate on brushing each tooth evenly without trying to do a bunch of other tasks at the same time like cleaning up, talking and brushing your hair. Or maybe you need to get your stretch on? Lay down on your back and open your legs into a wide 2nd position and lengthen your low back on your bed. Lift your legs up to the sky, soften your knees and roll out your ankles.
Laying down while brushing your teeth gives you the chance to relax and open up the spine. There is no excuse for not exercising. Another daily ritual that could use a dash of yoga is the act of eating. Observe if you are as fidgedy as I found myself to be while eating. I noticed I was always tapping my foot, twiddling my fingers or moving my head around doing the food dance. Create awareness around your table habits. Do you tend to cross your legs on the chair (like me-ha!) or are you able to keep your feet planted on the ground? The yoga here is learning how to remain still so that you can chew and digest your food properly. For me, this has been a huge challenge but a rewarding one.
Practicing stillness and dedication to the action that is at hand is so important. Learn how to savor each bite and mindfully nourish your body. Drive and text often? How can we possibly be present to the road and the surrounding energies if our heads are in our phone screens? One of my favorite quotes is “be the change you wish to see” by Mahatma Ganhdi. It all starts within us. If we want people to drive safely, we must set the example ourselves. Challenge yourself to keep the phone out of your hands, to keep your eyes and ears open and present at all times.
Practice staying connected to the present moment in all areas of your life. When you are speaking with someone, stay tuned into what they are saying rather than what your answer will be or what your story is. When you take a shower, honor your body and love every part of it instead of focusing on what you dislike about yourself or what you to take care of when you get out of the bathroom. This spring encourage yourself to slow down, embrace your breath and infuse yourself and those around you with your presence of being present.
AUTHOR: Brookelin Gottleib
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