You'll notice that the heart is at the very centre of the Panca Maya model of yogic anatomy: representing emotions but also relationships with yourself and the world around you. It's a great framework to use when assessing your current wellness on all levels (no judgement though…)
Karen put me on to this great TEDx talk from a 13-year-old boy, who is being 'unschooled', on the things he believes are really important to a person's education - and the things that are missing.
Turns out they are they same things:
- Diet and Nutrition
- Time in Nature
- Contribution and Service
- Relaxation and Stress Management
- Religious and Spiritual Involvement
I like the idea of learning life skills like this as a kid - I sure wish I had.
What do you think?
This year has been one of doctor’s visits, and tests, and surgeries, and medication. I am not ill, I just have what they call a ‘pre-existing condition’.
There are a few things that have been challenging: the main one is that the drugs and surgeries have meant I am often too unwell to move. And I rely on movement rather heavily for my mental health.
I also have a little voice in my head that tells me, every day, that I ‘should’ move. Like it's immoral of me not to be moving...
I tell people often how much I hate exercise, and I’ve said it before on this blog (I’m sure..??).
When I think of exercise, I see it as a chore. I don’t feel particularly co-ordinated, my limbs often don’t feel like they follow the command of my brain.
So how do I trick myself into moving more for someone who hates sports and frankly quite enjoys being in a horizontal position?
This is the second in our 'morning rituals' series. We thought you'd enjoy seeing how we walk our talk in terms of trying to live healthy lives! Mostly, it's about adding stuff (aka MOVEMENT) in with the least possible effort.
People often, often ask us whether doing yoga is enough exercise.
There is a simple and short answer: no.
Why? it's got to do with how much you move in your daily life.
If you battle to sleep sometimes, here are a few hints to help.
I had a sad health incident in February which put me out of action for a month but was not life threatening. As a result, blood tests. Lots of them. And this is what they found: I have two separate kinds of gene mutation that make my blood more likely to clot than a normal person's.
It's likely they caused my troubles last month. And while it sucked to be unwell, I now realise it could have been so much worse.
I seem to have been inadvertently protecting myself from ill effects by living a healthy life. So I thought I'd share my morning ritual, now that it seems so much more useful than it did before!
Set the year up right, Don't make the mistake I made last year, ha!