Happiness can be a bit difficult because we often tie our happiness to something outside of ourselves. We think, “Once I get that raise I will be happy.” or “Once I find that special someone, I will be happy.” Unfortunately, happiness is a practice and a choice, not an equation, so many of us go through life waiting to be happy and not very often actually feeling happy.
In my experience, I have cultivated much more joy in my life through awareness and responsibility. Living mindfully, taking time to meditate and practicing movement have been instrumental in supporting this. Learning to take responsibility for my choices was the first step. Learning that all challenges we face can either give us an excuse to be less than our best self or an opportunity to push ourselves to grow. When we are aware of our own mindset, only then are we free to change it.
My goal through this section of my website is to offer ways for you to live more mindfully and aware of how you are showing up in life, to give you ways and reasons to meditate and to offer you movement through online yoga classes.
Start today by choosing to be happy. Embrace your responsibility to create a life you will love. You are more powerful than you realize.
Right now in Be Meditating, I would like to focus on breath work. Breathing is something we do mindlessly every moment of every day, but bringing intention to it can change the way we feel in the moment as well as enhance our body’s ability to process food, stress and emotion. When we are breathing deeply, our thoughts are more focused and clear and our body functions at a much higher capacity. Here are the steps to do a breath focused meditation that will take you only 5 minutes!!
- Sit up tall in a chair placing your feet flat on the ground
- Close your eyes and place both hands on your belly
- Inhale and exhale through the nose
- Focus on moving your breath into your belly
- Breath in and out to the count of 5
- Relax your shoulders, neck and jaw
- Repeat for five minutes or until you feel relaxed
Contrary to popular belief, the benefits of meditation can be felt immediately and it doesn’t have to be difficult. You can do it anywhere! Be careful…you might start to enjoy it!
For me, yoga has been a powerful tool in movement for my body. I have been a yoga instructor for the past eight years and I continue to teach yoga locally and am offering online classes. I run a 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training that helps guide practitioners deeper into the practice of yoga and gives them tools to be instructors if they choose to do so. For everything yoga, information on my training, my teaching schedule and events, please click the button below.