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Yoga: The Practice of Self-Discovery and Care

2022 is the year to heal. As winter settles in, and with a few years of turbulence is behind us, it’s time to focus on our internal well-being and embrace a fresh start. Self-care is imperative to our good health. Together let’s rise up and rejuvenate with the help of these self-care through yoga!


First, we must revolutionize the rules of society that have us believe self-care is selfish. Let’s begin by looking at our personal health and happiness by understanding that self-care isn’t selfish at all; instead, it is very necessary. Each person must develop their own relationship with the self to weave together the threads of the body, mind, and soul. Yoga is a great form of self-care.


Yoga practice is about healing the self through self-discovery and self-acceptance. It’s a transformational practice that strengthens the life force within. It teaches us to overcome internal and external obstacles that come with everyday life. When we practice yoga, we sleep and digest better and we maintain a more balanced emotional and mental state of being with presence and poignancy.


The practice of yoga restores trust in our felt experience of being alive and dispels fears that we must control our bodies and hide our natural rhythms by leading a life that’s aligned with universal cycles which are guided from your heart by:


• Honoring yourself

• Trusting yourself

• Celebrating yourself

• Meeting yourself where you are

• Meeting yourself how you are


Our moods and energy levels wax and wane like the moon, ebb and flow like the tides, flourish, and decay like the seasons. Living in harmony with these cycles strengthens us, makes us wiser, and heals us. Denying them weakens our spirits, our bodies, and our connection to life itself. Yoga teaches us that an organic tempo stirs in human bodies and souls in the earth. Yoga, whether observed in quiet meditation or the slow, gentle postures of hatha (movement) yoga, can teach us about the tools we need to best practice self-care. These tools include:


• Simplicity

• Slowing down

• Aligning with nature’s cycles

• Living from the inside out


Healing ourselves through yoga requires aligning our relationship to the universal rhythm. You must participate daily in the manifestation of your own happiness. Remind yourself that you deserve self-care to maintain being whole, healthy, and happy. Practicing yoga helps to remind yourself that you matter, which can greatly improve so many aspects of your life. Investing in yourself (whether that means getting better pillows for sleeping or eating healthier) is the first step to building the absolute best version of you.


Meditation:

With eyes closed and hands in prayer,

begin to breathe. With each exhale, focus on releasing all that needs to be let go of to make space for new and evolving intentions. Let go of that which no longer serves a higher purpose. Exhale self-judgment, inhale self-love. Open your eyes to the great beauty and promise of peace around you.

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