Magical Monday

Mondays get a bad rap. As the start of the week they bring up a lot of negative energy. But they don’t have to. Start your Monday with a smile and think of them as magical. What is one way you can make your Monday Magical?

Sep15

Start a Morning Practice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting a daily morning practice of yoga and meditation can seem daunting. By beginning with a short and small easy practice you are more likely to stick with it and then add to it as it becomes a habit.

When I first started my meditations in the mornings I would only meditate for 1 min. I would set an alarm on my phone and sit in the same spot in my apartment each time. As this became a habit to sit in the mornings I then added time to my alarm.

Live Light Practice:

Pick a small space in your home where you can meditate and practice a few simple yoga postures each morning. Try to start at the same time each morning and set a timer so you do not have to worry about timing.

Try to have quiet in the space around you and soon the mind will follow. Over the seven days you will discover the power of silence and starting your day with a clear mind and body.

Before starting your daily practice set an intention. Perhaps it is to let go, be present, create ease in your life. Keep the intention in mind each day as you practice and it will help you from skipping a day.

Here are 7 days of practices to get you started with a daily morning practice.

Day 1:

Timer 1 minute – in a comfortable crossed legged position slowly twist to the right, twist to the left and then fold forward. After about 30 seconds of movement sit in stillness for the remaining 30 seconds for meditation. If you are newer to meditation focus on your breathing by repeating to yourself “inhale, exhale” as you breathe.

Day 2:

Timer 2 minutes – in a comfortable crossed legged position slowly twist to the right, twist to the left and then fold forward. After 1 minute of movement sit in stillness for a 1 minute meditation.

Day 3:

Timer 3 minutes – start on your hands and knees and take 10 breaths to move you through cat-cow stretches to awaken the spine. Then make your way into a cross legged position and gently twist to the right and then to the left. Then sitting with an erect spine use the remaining time focus on your inhales and exhales in meditation.

Day 4:

Timer 4 minutes – start on your hands and knees and take 10 breaths to move you through cat-cow stretches to awaken the spine. Then make your way into a cross legged position and gently fold forward for 8 breaths. Use an inhale to sit upright for meditation.

Day 5:

Timer 5 minutes – start on your hands and knees and take 10 breaths moving through cat-cow stretches. Gently shift into a child’s pose for 5 breaths. Then make your way into a comfortable seated posture for meditation.

Day 6:

Timer 6 minutes – start on your hands and knees and take 10 breaths moving through cat-cow stretches. Shift into a child’s pose for one breath and then into a downward facing dog. Move from child’s pose to downward facing dog pose 5 times using the breath to guide you. After last time shift into your seated posture for meditation.

Day 7:

Timer 7 minutes – start on your hands and knees and take 10 breaths moving through cat-cow stretches. Shift into a child’s pose for one breath and then into a downward facing dog. Move from child’s pose to downward facing dog pose 5 times using the breath to guide you. After 5th time hold down-dog for a few breaths. Then shift into your seated posture for meditation.

 

These simple morning practices are to provide an accessible way to start yoga and meditation as a daily habit. Good luck and enjoy!

Shanti,

Liza

 

 

Sep13

Transition into Fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With summer coming to an end and the shift into autumn it is a wonderful time to explore transitions. The movement from one yoga posture to the next teaches us about our stability and flexibility on and off the yoga mat. It takes strength and ease of the mind as well as the body to be able to adjust with the ebbs and flows of life.

The key to transitions is knowing when it is time to let go. Knowing what to let go of can be the challenge. Slowing down helps to shed light on areas that need to be released.

In yoga and in life we can be distracted by the mind. Use the following New Live Light Thought Pattern to open the mind to the ease of transitions.

New Live Light Thought Pattern:

I allow my body and mind to flow with confidence and ease.

Sep04

Yoga Practice

The practice of yoga isn’t always perfect or pretty. Sometimes it’s slow and methodical or gentle and bandaged. Exploration changes as injuries pop up. Be present and mindful how your movement changes.

Aug28