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Hello beautiful 

Here’s a little self-love practice to start your day.

Live Light Practice: 

Look in the mirror and say “hello beautiful”. No back talk, no comments.  Just smile and start your day with appreciation. 

Apr22

Mellow Out

Some days just go in slow motion. I started my home practice today and realized it was going to be a mellow day. My mind was racing, but my body was moving slow.

To quiet my mind and move towards a state of being where my body and mind were connected I did practices that had my head below my heart and sometimes my forehead connected to the earth. By grounding my forehead I started to notice the slowing down of my thoughts.

In this child’s pose (picture on the left) I put my hands between my heels and butt so that it was a softer pose. I let my muscles relax and gravity do its thing. Soon after getting into the pose I felt more balanced. By having my head connected to the floor, my hands and legs joined, I was able to breath deeply and coax my body and mind to a similar slow rhythm.

I began and ended my practice with this cuddly child’s pose. Feel like you are having a mellow day? Try it out.

Live Light Practice:

Take a child’s pose where you feel fully supported. That might mean a block under your forehead and blankets behind your knees. Take time to set it up so you can rest there for about three minutes.

 

Oct13

Self-Care

Self-Care is an important part of a well balanced life. Try this practice today to kickstart your self-care journey:

Live Light Practice:
Give yourself the gift of self-care today and take 5 minutes to be alone – no phone, no emails, no distractions. Be present.

Sep23

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