Practising Gratitude

“What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it — would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.”

 — Ralph Marston

It seems that we are constantly chasing something – a new fitness goal, weight loss, money, stability, deadlines, chores – the list is endless.  We seem to focus on what is missing in our lives rather than what we already have.  Practising gratitude can be difficult, but it is something that we can improve daily.  Practising gratitude reminds us of what we have been blessed with in our lives, but more importantly, opens us up to the possibility to receive what the world has to offer.  It really is simple, gratitude brings abundance. 

Here are a few ways we can start practising gratitude:

– make a list of things you are grateful for (mine include family, friends, ability to travel, sunshine, love)

– be thankful when you first wake up, be thankful for a new day, sunshine, rain. Be thankful that you have the ability to get out of bed.

– say thank you to friends and family, thank them for their love, support, or just being themselves.

– say thank you for the small things – a good meal, a great workout, a call from a loved one.

– give yourself thanks – thank yourself for accomplishing something, not matter how trivial it may seem. 

Happy practising!  Namaste!

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Hump Day Inspiration

Today is the day to have a great day. The world is waiting. The universe is changing. Experience the experience you are having. Live the life you “are living. Comprehend all of the sensations that are taking place. Today is the day to become who you want to become.”

—Guru Singh

Meditation – how to do it, and how it will change your life.

I stumbled upon meditation as I began to practice yoga.  I had been a smoker for over ten years, drank almost every weekend and lived a really cluttered life.  My mind was all over the place.  Then I began to practice meditation, and my life changed.  For the first time I really believed I could quit smoking, drinking and I could take control of my life.

It was really overwhelming at first.  When I thought about meditation my mind conjured up images of floating monks and endless chanting.  But as I researched it further, and began to practice, I realised that meditation was not as overwhelming as I had first thought.  Now I meditate everyday, whenever I feel the need to calm my mind, dull a smoke craving, or feel an emotion that I’m struggling to come to terms with.  Here is a guide on how to approach and begin on your meditation journey.

First of all, it is important to remember than anyone can meditate anywhere.  You do not need fancy candles, music, or chanting, however if those things help you then by all means use them.  You can meditate whilst on the bus, waiting in line, or at your desk.  It is as simple as closing your eyes and breathing .  That’s it.  When I first began, I felt really anxious because I could not stop my thoughts from coming, but then I realised, that’s ok.  Appreciate the thoughts you have whilst in meditation, and then let them go.  Don’t put pressure on yourself to calm your thoughts, after more practice it will come naturally.

Start by sitting comfortably, even lying down.  Close your eyes and breathe.  Every person is different, the most important thing is to find out what position and breathing style works for you.  Focus your attention on your breath, if you want you can recite a mantra (words that are positive in order to transform your thoughts and feelings).  When your mind feels calm and relaxed bring yourself back to reality, open your eyes and continue your day with a fresh perspective.

Meditation will help you to gain a clearer perspective in your life, and help you to fulfil your true potential.  Meditation can range from relaxed peaceful down time, to a focused exercise in self-reflection.  I have been smoke free for almost two months, I don’t drink anymore and I find it easier to cope with anxiety and stress.  I have realised my true dreams and potential and have a new-found lust and excitement for my life.

Give it a go, you never know, it might just change your life.


YOGA POSE OF THE WEEK!

THE WHEEL

This pose looks much harder than it actually is, start by lying on your back, take a few deep breaths, warm up your spine by lifting your hips upwards.  After a few minutes of warm up, lift your whole body upwards as you inhale deeply.  Hold this pose for as long as you can, then come down slowly and bring your knees to your chest to rest.

This pose has many benefits it stretches your entire body especially your chest and lungs.   It will help to regain energy and fight of depression.   This pose stimulates your thyroid and pituitary glands.  It is helpful for people who suffer from asthma, infertility and back pain.


Yoga pose of the week!

OUTDOORS YOGA! YAY!!!

Great for opening your chest and improving flexibility in your hips and spine. Awesome leg stretch, especially hamstring. A great pose for finding balance and focusing your mind.


Weekend workouts!

So it’s the weekend thank goodness!  Working out on the weekend?  No, I don’t mean hitting the gym.  There are many ways to get that body moving on the weekends.  Here are some of my favorite:

Hiking – nature, fresh air and loads of walking = fun way to burn calories!

Dancing the night away – minus the alcohol and you have a great, fun workout.

Shopping! – An afternoon of retail therapy will burn more calories than you expect. (You can burn about 400 calories in 3 hours walking from shop to shop.)

Spending time with family – getting active with the family, is a fun way to bond and keep everyone healthy, think – cricket, volleyball, swimming.

Need some more ideas – http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/work-out-outside-the-best-workout-and-outdoor-adventure

Have a happy and healthy weekend everyone!