Self Care & Mindfulness - "An empty lantern provides no light. Self care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly" - Unknown
We hear these words tossed around a lot nowadays. For some people these two things are a way of life, for others they are a distant idea. The possibilities of where people fall within this range are endless, and it may even seem to change day to day. Committing to a consistent yoga practice is a great way to support cultivating these two practices into your life.
Self-care is not simply washing our hair and brushing our teeth. While those things can certainly be part of it, self-care from a Yogic/Ayurvedic perspective is far more than that. It spans out to include our food choices, our daily routine, the company we keep, what we take in intellectually each day, how we are in the world, our speech, our actions, caring for our body, and the quality of our thoughts. Self-care practices can be a great way to honor and be the best version of yourself. The way that we approach or view each of these area's depends on who we are as individuals. What is good self-care for me may not work for you. Yoga is a science in its own right; one that has been in existence for thousands of years. Yoga takes into consideration that people are very complex beings and yoga has many tools to help us navigate the mind and body so that we can optimize our lives.
Mindfulness is a very large part of self-care and it is also key to living a better life. Everything we do really begins with mindfulness, having an awareness of what we are doing in each moment. From that awareness we can begin to make the choices that truly serve us well. When you are aware and mindful you can begin to notice what you are doing, saying, thinking, participating in that may not be serving you well. Mindfulness gives you the ability to decide if something you are doing is causing you some type of suffering. When I say suffering here I mean it in a very broad sense. Suffering can include emotions like stress, anxiety, anger, loneliness, being overwhelmed, or even physical suffering like poor digestion, inability to get a goods night sleep, chronic illness, etc. Mindfulness can also invite more joy into our life. Making the effort to truly be "in the moment" of what you are doing can open your eyes to some of the blessings and joys in your life that you've not noticed before or maybe have taken for granted. Mindfulness will make you more attentive to what you are really doing; you may not always like what we come to realize. Take comfort in knowing that you can create change through the practice of mindfulness and self-care.
If you're interested in learning more about yoga and how it can help you develop a more mindful approach to your self-care and your wellness please contact me for more information or stop by the studio for one of our classes.