Last week was the big move as many of you may know. And more than anything it took me out of my beloved morning routine. In a way a change from the norm can be freeing, but after a bit you’re ready to get back to it. Yoga is one of the biggest parts of my routine. Coupled with meditation, it starts my day off right: with focus, awareness, and inner peace. Many of you have asked how to practice yoga at home without the help of a teacher, so I wanted to run through a daily practice. You should, however, be aware of the poses before starting a home practice.
I’ve taken quite a bit of Ayurveda training because I find the science fascinating and it just makes sense. And while I have only just scratched the surface, I have already learned so much. Ayurveda is a science that focuses on balancing the body’s life energies (vata, pitta, and kapha) rather than focusing on individual symptoms. Because of this, Ayurveda helps your body to arrive at its natural weight. It makes you feel calm, relaxed, and most of all, balanced. Your diet is one of the main components of Ayurveda.
My husband isn’t a worrier, and it’s a trait I’ve grown to love. He always says, “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it takes energy, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” And he’s right, we spend way too much of our time living with regrets. When we’re young, it can help us to avoid mistakes and make better choices later on, but too much of it is a worthless proposition.
Photo: George M. Groutas
Happiness is a funny thing because in a society that places so much value on wealth, fame, and good looks; those that have it all seem to be plagued with substance abuse problems, multiple marriages, and serious mental health issues. Celebrities are rich and can have just about anything their little hearts dream of but in the end, it’s not enough.
Life is all about the little changes that we make in our lives. We love to beat ourselves up for the changes that we fail to make but so often we set the bar so high we’re doomed to fall short. Especially when you look at it from a negative perspective. Like any change, the choices that stick are the ones that are realistic and don’t drastically change the life that you’re living. We make and keep habits based on the return that they give us.
I think that we all innately know that true happiness can only be found in the present moment. It’s in those bits of true bliss radiating from within that we once again find this to be true–it’s in those moments when you’re slowly gliding down the beach with the skyline in the distance or when you wake up in the morning with the drug of happiness pumping through your veins–that you know it’s you that cultivates this serenity.
Yogis have long known the benefits of mindfulness. It’s sort of like riding a bike, once you’re aware that you’ve been living your life without actually living your life, you can’t escape the knowledge. I remember when I first moved to South Carolina, I was bored, knew few people, and my husband was in class much of the time. I adopted yoga at first for fitness but it took only one class to realize that I had only scratched the surface.