Day 5 of our Personal Best 30 Day Challenge and my attempt at eventual transformation has proven more difficult than anticipated. ARGG! I am the leader! I’m the one that has thrown down the gauntlet! Am I going to let this challenge make minced meat out of me? I have stayed true to my 30 minutes of evening meditation however; my day game is way off. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t beat myself up about this however; my goal is to augment my spiritual acuity, not redistribute it.
The fundamental tenet of human physiology lies in the individual's outlook on how body, mind and spirit all mutually support each other in its health and well-being. Having realized that the body acts interdependently - your thoughts, emotions, and body parts all play a role in your overall health - people are now more inclined than ever to consider the wisdom of holistic health coming from a variety of non-local traditions.
Eating healthy and training hard at the gym can go to waste if you're not managing your stress. Stress causes the hormone cortisol to be released which can cause increased abdominal fat, elevated blood pressure, decreased immune system and blood sugar imbalance. Try attending a yoga class or tai chi, mediation and being in nature.
Today is "Study Day" at UCA, which marks one special day of the semester when students will call/email/text to ask "When will you be in your office today.... I need to discuss my grade/talk to you about what I can do to get an A in your class....", to which I get to reply "I won't be in my office today." Oh, the stress of being a student and/or a teacher (and/or ANYONE in the world today, really!)....
A yoga (connecting) essence is a way of living holistic. Using wisdom with the associations of various parts of our bodies makes for a mindful practice. For example our 1st energy center is located around the Coccygeal Plexus and incorporates the color red, the right to have, community, security and success, the sound lahm and the wisdom of inclusion being without judgment of ourselves or others.
Begin, by lying in your bed at night settling into final relaxation (savasana) by lying supine (on your back) with your shoulder blades, in back, gently tucked and settled underneath the chest with legs outstretched and palms of the hands facing up with the arms out from your sides about 20*. Next, begin thinking about the colors of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple evenly spaced from the tailbone to the middle of the brain or brow center. Furthermore, think of those colors as clockwise, rotating funnels emanating front and back indicating a healthy source
Mudras are hand or body gestures – symbols, which evoke understanding and awareness, a way of being kinesthetically conscious. Start with both hands “thumbs up” and think or say, “creator, designer, will-power”. Next, place thumb with pointer finger and think/say, “knowledge, self-confidence, wisdom”. Then, place thumb with middle finger and think/say, “control, emotion, patience”. Fourth, place thumb with ring finger and think/say, “energy, health, vitality”. Finally, Place thumb with pinky fing
All year long we look forward to the month of December. Celebrating the holidays with family and friends. Remembering old traditions and creating new ones. Reconnecting with people you may not have seen for awhile.
It also means more things being added to our to do lists. Shopping, wrapping, mailing, parties, cooking, etc. To create room for these new to dos, something often has to be removed. For many of us, that something is our workout.
But it doesn't have to be!
Exercise doesn't have to mean a trip to the gym or an hour long session.