Wellness Wednesday—Deep Breathing

Wellness Wednesday! (A day late☺️)

Do you ever feel like you can’t catch your breath, or you’re mind is spinning, or even your physical body feels tense and tight?

I know for me sometimes my busy schedule can make me feel like this. We know that there is correlation with stress and cortisol levels, and cortisol levels lead to not so good diseases.

Check this out though! Science says controlled breathing may help alleviate stress. Simply taking mindful and full breaths can lower your stress, which means your cortisol is lower.

Plus you’ll be an overall happier person! Take some deep breaths, fill your lungs and then smile!

https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/deep-breathing-stress-alleviation-technique/

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The Longing

This week in my yoga classes we are beginning the journey into the poem The Invitation, by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

I was exposed to this poem twelve years ago and it one I go back to time and time again. Imagine my happiness when I stumbled upon the book that was written from the poem itself.

This week we start out with “it doesn’t interest me what you do for a living, I want to know if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing”.

Can you?

Can you speak the unspeakable and state, from your heart, what you want? What you need? What you desire? Can you finish this statement—it doesn’t interest me to have…when what I really want is…

For me,

I doesn’t interest me to have a large group of friends, what I really need is one that understands me.

It doesn’t interest me to have a huge house, what I really want is a home full of love.

It doesn’t interest me to be rich, what I really want is to know I made a difference.

As we explore this on the mat, we will be asked to look at our thoughts, our avoidances, our comparisons and our truth.

Can we each meet our hearts longing? Can we dare to dream?

Can you? Start by finishing this–

I want…

I need…

I desire…

Breathe with those statements for 5-6 breath cycles. Then finish this–

It doesn’t interest me if I ever have…what I really want is…

Now speak the unspeakable and listen.

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Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday!

I was recently asked about my wellness and self care routine for an upcoming article. I used to never practice self care and my overall health was poor. I was angry, toxic, heavy (in all areas) and just an overall hot mess.

I began a consistent self care routine about 12 years ago and now it is a crucial part of my life. My mind, body and spirit thank me.

My self care routine is vital to me being able to show and serve the people in front of me day after day. Teaching anywhere from 25-30 yoga classes each week to adults with disabilities can be exhausting physically and emotionally.

The way that I recharge and make sure that I have enough to give includes:

• at least two walks per day, even if it’s just for 20 minutes. I begin my day with walk, and end with a walk. If I am lucky, I grab a lunch walk too. I often pack a lunch that is easy to eat while walking and I always keep an extra pair of walking shoes in my car for impromptu walks.

• I wake up very early every day so I am able to get in my planning time/calendar time—which keeps me grounded and centered—as well what I call spirit time; I might journal or pull cards, or sometimes just sit and be, like meditation or breathing.

• I take at least one bubble bath per day, though most days it’s two. I either catch up on emails or leave my phone aside and relax into the bubbles. If I’m feeling behind, getting work or marketing or graphics made during bath time is actually more relaxing that putting off these tasks for another time. I tend to not relax until the tasks are all completed.

• I use essential oils daily—part of self care and slowing down is learning to listen and intuitively know what my body is needing. I use them for a variety of uses and have spent years educating myself on their benefits and properties. I feel empowered that I have choices and can use them effectively to treat pain, sleep, energy and much more.

• I get 2-3 massages per month as part of my self care practice. I used to think it was an indulgence. Now I realize it is a necessity.

• I practice mindful eating habits and choose small meals 3x a day and drink plenty of water.

What does your self care look like?

The Longing

This weeks yoga wisdom encourages us to look closely at the longing we all have inside of us. Maybe the longing is to be happier, or more peaceful. Perhaps it is to have healthier relationships or more vitality.

Whatever it is, we all have it.

Do you recognize that hunger inside you that has nothing to do with food? I mean the kind of hunger that boils deep inside of your soul. The hunger that makes you stay up late dreaming because you know that it cannot be satisfied until it is done.

You know, the hunger that gnaws at you with those pains that finally make you stop and listen. It is my experience that this type of longing isn’t for a new ‘thing’ that is tangible, but rather it is the hunger for the rawness of your soul to be allowed to reveal itself. It is the truth that is buried beneath the story.

To unearth this truth it takes tenacity, but first you must first have the hunger to do the work and to walk the path toward this alignment. This type of longing, and learning to honor and listen, is one of the greatest treasures you will ever give your life and as a result the lives of the people you love.

Ask yourself the following–

  • What is seeking to emerge?
  • What am I hiding from?
  • What do I crave?
  • What keeps showing up in my life?
  • Am I willing to listen and act?
  • Do I believe I am worth it?
  • Am I willing to take of the shields that I have placed on myself, or have been placed on me?
  • Can I show up for myself?

Start there. More questions naturally come from the beginning of excavating the excuses and the blame you’ve grown accustomed to.

Be ready to get messy.

This is the beginning of the invitation to wake up and find who you really are.

DIY Bubble Bath

I am a gal who takes a bubble bath soak everyday…it is part ritual of letting my day go and part soaking my tired bones.
That store bought bubble bath has so many things that are harsh to skin and as we know, our skin absorbs everything.
Check out this easy and fun bubble bath! My fave essential oils to add are lavender and siberian fir.

DIY Bubble Bath

Ingredients

1 cup unscented castile soap

½ cup vegetable glycerin

2 tablespoons water

15 drops preferred doTERRA essential oil

Instructions

1 Combine castile soap, glycerin, and water into glass bowl

2 Add essential oils

3 Stir until well combined

4 Pour into glass container.

5 To use, add ¼–½ cup of the essential oil bubble bath mixture to warm, running bath water.

Note: These bubbles are not going to provide big fluffy bubbles that last a long time since it doesn’t contain the synthetic ingredients that create the high amounts of lather or foam. However, this chemical-free bath will provide enough bubbles for a relaxing and therapeutic bath you will enjoy even more.

Third Chakra

This morning I sat to plan my week and get centered heading into it. Sunday mornings are my usual time to get grounded and make plans and review my goals.

I also often pull angel cards and sometimes tarot cards. I giggled when the one card I pulled out of 65 to guide my present situation was the solar plexus chakra! I giggled because this is the chakra we are diving into this week in my home studio.

The third chakra—solar plexus—is a powerful one. Located in the area of the solar plexus, navel, and the digestive system, the fiery third chakra is called Manipura, the “lustrous gem.” Associated with the color yellow, this chakra is involved in self-esteem, warrior energy, and the power of transformation; it also governs digestion and metabolism. A healthy, spirited third chakra supports us in overcoming inertia, jump-starting our “get-up-and-go” attitude so that we can take risks, assert our will, and assume responsibility for our life. This chakra is also the place of our deep belly laughter, warmth, ease, and the vitality we receive from performing selfless service.

Some signs that the Solar Plexus Chakra is out of balance are:

🔅Difficulty concentrating

🔅Poor ability to make decisions or judge a situation accurately

🔅A feeling that you are more important than other people

🔅Trouble taking action or getting things done

To bring balance to the third chakra, a yoga practice focusing on strengthening the abdominal muscles, warrior postures and the breath of fire are helpful. Essentials oils that are spicy and supportive of the digestive system are helpful (ginger, coriander, clove and cinnamon) along with gemstones like citrine or topaz.

It’s going to be an awesome week! I feel the power and excitement of the third chakra driving me this week in my personal power and choice!