Tag Archives: self-love

Gentle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A theme that keeps popping up in my life is ‘be gentle’. This reminds me of sutra 2.46 sthira sukham asanam ‘asana is a steady and comfortable posture’. There is not to be gripping, tension, or hanging out in a yoga posture. Asanas are a balance of flexibility and strength. Whether you are standing in tadansana (mountain pose) or trikonasana (triangle pose) there is a combination of strength and suppleness. I find that in postures I tend towards hardening rather than softening while engaging my muscles.

The other day I was watching my cat, Ike, as he was laying around. Suddenly he jumped up and bolted across the apartment. His ability to be strong, agile, yet completely flexible intrigued me. Ike relaxes when it is time to relax, and engages when it is time to play. It is the kind of strength, flexibility, and adaptability that I hope to create in my life. Rather than always living in ‘fight or flight’ mode, being able to be in a state of real relaxation and then adjust as necessary.

As the season shifts slowly from this mild winter to spring I feel as though there is a blossoming and clearing in preparation for the summer months. Even if this winter wasn’t that cold, the short dark days still had the heaviness of winter. As those impressions melt away the idea of gentleness comes forward inviting me to soften as the days lengthen and the warmth comes.

My asana practice has shifted as I try to melt away the hardening and soften into the spring. The challenge to release from the habitual pattern of using strength rather than flexibility is an on going process. As I focus on this intention on my yoga mat I begin to notice the softening in my life. We are our own worst enemies and judgements towards ourselves do not foster an environment for growth. Now is the time to be kind to myself and let go of the lengthy list of things to do and be gentle and more realistic about what I can accomplish in one day. When the judgements fall away, things become much easier.

 

Live Light Practice:
Allow the self-love and self-care to happen without the underlying judgement. What does gentle mean to you? What does it look like? How do can you be gentle with yourself? What is one way you can be gentle today?

Apr12

Naptime!

Taking back nap time.

Whatever happened to nap time? Why is it not a part of our everyday lives? With our eyes open to the world and bombarded with colors, lights, people, images, scenery it is important to give our eyes and minds sufficient rest.

Dr. Sara Mednick wrote Take a Nap! Change Your Life. In this book she covers her research on napping and how it is an important aspect of our daily lives. Dr. Mednick’s research shows evidence that a siesta provides incredible physiological, psychological and cognitive benefits. Taking a nap will allow you to be fully alert, energetic and in a good mood all day long.

Now of course it may be impossible to take a nap in the middle of the day at your cubicle, but consider the possibility of naps on the weekends or even stoping in one of those napping spas. In New York City the YeloSpa offers a rang of napping times and types.

Go forth and nap!

Feb24

Appreciation

Offering your self some love doesn’t have to be just one day a year. By appreciating ourselves and giving the attention we need we are able to have open hearts to love others as well. Until we love ourselves truly we will be unable to lover others fully.

Self-love can be giving yourself a compliment, taking a nap, or resting in a restorative yoga posture. No matter what it is practice it will love and appreciation in your heart.

Live Light Practice:

Love yourself!

Shanti,

Liza

Feb16

More self-love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue the self-love today and give yourself a compliment, peace and quiet, or afternoon tea.

Show appreciation to yourself!

Feb16