“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin
Good morning peeps, meditation done.
Quote for the Day:
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”
One of the things I love about practicing yoga on a daily process is it is a continual growth process for the Mind, Body and Soul.
Every morning I begin with my breathing exercises, practicing and learning how to control each and every breathe I take for 10 minutes, keeping my breath steady, which helps control my mind.
Controlling your breath and therefore your mind and your emotions, helps you improve your decision-making.
Presently I am talking part in Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Experience – Creating Peace from the Inside Out: The Power of Connection, which takes focusing on your breath to the next stage, which is meditation.
Meditation is a practice where you train your mind
The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi, ki, prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness.
Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety.
Meditation can also help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy.
Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition. This is a profound spiritual practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation.
Once I have worked on improving my breathing and improving my mind through meditation it’s time to get on my yoga mat and bring my physical body to the mix, whilst still controlling my mind and breath.
I wake up my spine with some cat stretches (Marjariasana) trying to create space between each vertebrae, increasing flexibility in the spine that helps delay the ageing process, which stiffens up the spine and can lead to back pain.
After warming up my spine I begin my Sun Salutations.
When I get into my first Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Shvanasana)
of the day I tell myself and my students if I am teaching, to really observe how your body and mind are feeling in your Downward Dog?
Everyday is different and everyday your body and mind will feel different and you need to take this into consideration when doing your practice that day and make the necessary adjustments.
At the moment I am recovering from an injury in my hip flexor (Psoas Major) and my buttock (Gluteus Maximus), which is causing Sciatica.
Sciatica is a term that describes symptoms of pain, numbness, and/or weakness that radiate along the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the buttocks and leg. The medical term for sciatica is lumbar radiculopathy.
Anyone who has had Sciatica and thankfully this is the first time and hopefully the last time I have had it, will know it can cause excruciating pain and at the moment I am struggling to walk up the stairs without my leg collapsing, which is definitely not an ideal situation when you do what I do for a living.
So I am presently taking the time out to rest, stretch and get physiotherapy to enable me to recover quickly and make sure the injury does not get worse or cause permanent damage.
In my Downward Dog I am aware of my injury and I know I need to be really careful in everything I do, making sure I loosen my hip joint, stretch my hip flexor (Psoas Major) and my buttock (Gluteus Maximus), to ensure that the area does not stiffen up and get stagnant.
It is important that I keep my joints lubricated with synovial fluid and make sure my blood and energy flows through the area to aid recovery.
Everyday for the next six weeks I will be working on my daily yoga practice, concentrating on improving the flexibility in my hip flexor (Psoas Major) and my buttock (Gluteus Maximus) to speed up my recovery and come back in better shape than before I got injured.
This will make sure I am in optimal health and maximum physical condition before I fly out to Morocco to take and teach my yoga retreat in December.
I am enjoying the time away from teaching at the moment to concentrate on my own meditation and yoga practice whilst preparing what I will be teaching for my Retreat.
It is the daily process of continual growth and progress that leads to improvement, achievement and success in all aspects of life.
I always say to my students and clients that the yoga poses represent and prepare us for situations in life.
When you are in a difficult yoga pose or situation in life, you may feel discomfort or even pain which can be scary, but if you breathe, stay calm and relax into the pose or situation the discomfort will ease, eventually go away and the pose and situation will not feel as bad as you first thought.
This is the beauty of yoga, the beauty of breathing and improving your Mind, Body and Soul.
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Have a Fabulous Friday peeps and a Wonderful Weekend
Breathe, Believe and Achieve
Be Happy, Healthy and Wise
Keep on Winning Smiling and Living the Dream