One of the best things about summer is not having to wear a coat or heavy clothes. Being from the frozen north, coats (or at least some sweaters) are required almost 9 months out of the year! So it's nice to get some sun on our bare forearms. Ha!
Another great thing about summer for me is yoga. Since I'm not wearing as many layers all the time, my body seems to want to be moving more, and my favorite way of doing that is yoga!
From time to time, I reflect on all the things that yoga has taught me in my life, and this week was one of those times. So I thought I'd share a few things I've learned from yoga that we all can apply in our everyday lives.
1. Self-care is not putting yourself before others, but rather ensuring you have something to offer others.
When we take care of ourselves, we aren't being selfish. Instead, we are taking the necessary steps to be our best selves so we have more to give to others. If we burn the candle at both ends, those around us only get the worst parts of us. Yoga teaches us to prioritize self-care so we can be the best us that the world needs!
2. We must live every day being present in the moment.
I was shocked and saddened to hear about the suicide of Linkin Park's lead singer, Chester Bennington. It reminded me that life is short and that we must make the most of every moment we've been given. We must live our lives fully and embrace all life has to offer.
3. Consistency counts for everything.
This has been a hard thing for me to learn (and I'm still learning!), but consistency is everything When you're trying to accomplish a goal, giving up seems easy, especially if you don't see results right away. But not giving up, though it seems harder now, is infinitely easier than dealing with the regret down the road. Consistency breeds results.
4. Mindful meditation helps you center, clears your mind, and fosters creativity.
Mindfulness is about living in the present moment, but mindful meditation is more than that. Meditation is more than just about saying "ohm" – it's about clearing away the messiness in your brain to make room for peace, tranquility, and creativity. Once your mind is centered, great things will follow.
I know I've written about yoga before, but it's tenets are life-changing. Do you practice yoga? Would you be interested in giving it a try? Let us know and we can give you some resources to get started. Have a great week!
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