“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.“ – Mahatma Gandhi
Good morning peeps , meditation done.
Quote for the Day:
“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.“
I love sleeping, I can literally sleep anywhere and most nights I fall asleep stretching in front of the telly anytime after 9pm and wake up in pitch black with the TV on no channel and Zeus and Zorro cuddled up next to me. I then get up take the dogs out for a pee, go up stairs brush my teeth and if I haven’t done already I will write down the three things I Aim to Achieve the next day and then read a few pages of a book before falling back to sleep again. As I have already planned the next day I can totally switch off.
If I have had enough sleep I wake up feeling amazing and raring to go and yes literally like Ghandi says, I am reborn.
When you get a good nights sleep you will proceed smoothly through the three stages of quiet sleep: drowsiness; light sleep; and deep sleep. That third stage is the most important. There the brain becomes less responsive to external stimuli, making waking the sleeper difficult, hence Ghandi’s reference to dying. Deep sleep seems to be a time for your body to renew, repair itself, especially your muscles which is why it is so important when you are working out.
Then there’s REM – Rapid Eye Movement (dreaming) sleep when the body is still, but the mind is racing. REM sleep restores the mind, and is important for learning and memory. Scientists believe REM sleep restores the mind, perhaps partly by helping clear out irrelevant information.
I aid the quality of my sleep, by eating carbohydrates with my evening meal. That makes me sleep better. If I want to catch up with sleep in the afternoon, I will have whole grain pasta or basmati rice for lunch and I can pretty much guarantee, I will be sleeping soon afterwards. If I need to stay awake and be alert then I will reduce my carbohydrates and increase my protein intake.
My favourite part and pose in yoga is right at the end Savasana, the corpse, relaxation or sleeping pose, when I literally do fall asleep and often have to be woken up. Savasana is the ultimate act of conscious surrender.
Ideally, this posture lasts for 10 to 20 minutes. However, even a few minutes of Savasana is said to have powerful benefits.
Savasana helps relieve mild depression, high blood pressure, headaches, fatigue, and insomnia, according to The Yoga Journal. Savasana can calm the nervous system and promote equanimity in your entire body. Fatigued muscles get to relax, tense shoulders and jaws soften, and the eyes quiet down to reflect a quieter state of mind.”
When I get up from Savasana and leave yoga I feel refreshed, rejuvenated and reborn.
I have practiced yoga and meditation everyday for the last 10 years.
I find the practicing of yoga everyday really helps me in all in all aspects of my life.
The more I practice the stronger my breathing becomes and the more control of it I have and the calmer I have become.
The better I fuel my body the better I feel both mentally and physically.
The yoga poses and breathing teach me that if I control my breath I can control my mind. The pain and discomfort I feel in the awkward yoga poses, will go away if I breathe and stay calm. This mirrors situations in life which can seem impossible with no way out, but if you stay calm, focused and breathe then your head clears, the situation does not seem as bad as you first thought and you can see a way forward.
Yoga has taught me to focus my mind and not be distracted by outdoor forces and things that I cannot control.
I have also learnt that I cannot do all the poses or asana, but this is not failure, the point of yoga is not to be able to do all the poses, it is the daily process of trying to achieve them that is important. Because as soon as you have mastered a difficult pose, you will come across another one that you will feel is impossible, when you first start, but if you practice every day it will become a little bit easier as you improve every day.
Together with nutrition and sleeping, this is the basis of my Elysium Way Training System.
The Elysium Way enhances and enriches lives allowing you to reach your full potential physically, mentally and spiritually.
And one of the main components of the Elysium Way is practicing yoga.
If you would like to improve your breathing and clear your mind by introducing yoga into your life or to strengthen your daily practice to help you focus, smile more and achieve your goals and live the life of your dreams?
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Have a fabulous Friday peeps and a wonderful weekend.
Get a good nights sleep and when you wake up,
May all your dreams come true.
Breathe, Believe and Achieve
Be Happy, Healthy and Wise
Keep on Winning, Smiling and Living the Dream
Keep on Winning Smiling and Living the Dream