10 Self-Care Practices

Only when we take care of ourselves can we truly be there for others. By establishing self-care and nurturing practices we are able to set an example of healthy living as well as provide care for those who need us.

The following 10 ideas are a small start to the vast array of self-care practices that you can offer yourself. Begin with a few of these and notice how your mood and outlook shifts.

 

1. Journal

2. Meditation

3. Restorative Yoga Postures

4. Reading spiritual texts (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)

5. Nap

6. A few hours of silence

7. Walk in nature

8. List at least 10 things you are grateful for

9. List at least 10 things that make you smile

10. Smile at yourself in the mirror and say ‘I love and appreciate you’

 

Enjoy!

Feb11

Mindful Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mindful Monday – make time for meditation today. Try at least 5 min.

Feb10

Snow Day

It is a cold wintery mix of snow, ice, and sleet outside today. Which means a perfect day to practice yoga at home. Stay inside to keep warm, and off the snow covered streets.

Live Light Practice:

Take out your yoga mat or lay on a rug. Begin your home practice with modified sun salutations (take out the chaturanga and updog to start). After 3 modified sun salutes, begin full surya namaskara A (sun salutation a) and try for 6 in a row. Then 3 surya namaskara B.

Move from the flow into restorative yoga. Make sure you have a bolster or pillow for support.

Take 2 minutes in pigeon on both sides with support. Lay onto your back and do a gentle twist with the bolster between your knees. Then move into supta baddha konasana (reclined bound angle) with support under your knees for 2 minutes. Finally head into legs up the wall for 5 minutes.

After your last posture sit up for meditation. Use support under your hips and if you need to lean your back against the wall. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Allow your inhales and exhales to be your focus. When your mind wanders acknowledge it and bring the awareness back to the breath.

Shanti,

Liza

 

Feb05

Naptime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We can learn something from how our pets take care of themselves. My little puppy Cosmo knows how to take care of herself. She rests when she needs to and runs around when she wants. When I saw her napping so happily today I had to sneak a photo.

Live Light Practice:

Take a nap today. Set aside 20 minutes to yourself where you can lay on the couch and close your eyes. Even if you don’t fall asleep your body and mind will have time to restore.

 

Feb03