For my yoga class we were asked to share how we practiced acts of self-love throughout our week. I hope these short yoga entries flick a flame inside you. A flame that encourages self care in your everyday life too.
Remember, we are no use to others if we do not take care of ourselves first. So if you are hunched over and your eyes are dry from staring at your screen and your bones are sore and stiff, sit up straight, close your eyes, stretch, get you some water and recenter.
You deserve it.
Rest is just as important as work.
Yoga in Everyday – Shilynn Marshall
April 4th, 2021: The weather was so beautiful on Easter, so I decided to take a walk outside with my boyfriend. The walk was long and a bit much for the day. To stretch my legs, hips, and spine after the walk I flowed through a few sun salutations. I made sure to focus my breath on the spots that were most sore. They relaxed further with every exhale.
April 5th, 2021: I had troubles sleeping Monday night because of stress. I decided to turn to breath. I practiced Pranayama breathing and alternate nostril breathing. I instantly felt my parasympathetic system relax as my cortisol was replaced by melatonin. Finding those few moments of peace saved me an entire night of restlessness.
April 6th, 2021: I had gotten to work bright and early today. I’m usually a bit flustered in the morning and I noticed my breathing was rigid and my shoulders were tense. I repeated some affirmations and allowed myself to restart the moment. I deepened my breathing and extended the exhale longer than the inhale. I took a moment to find peace before I carried on with my day, so I could set a positive tone. My days are always much better when I do this.
April 7th, 2021: I woke up very sad and frustrated today. I was accumulating a lot of negative energy in my aura and I needed a way to cleanse and recharge. I decided to meditate, pray, read and then get on the mat to do fire breathing. It helped me feel like I was in control of the sensations/emotions in my body once again. It also really helped to release the tension which accumulated in to my hips/lower back.
April 8th, 2021: This morning before work I decided to skip yoga for some extra sleep. Although my sleepy mind was happy to rest longer, my body was sore. The day before I had tried some new torso exercises. After getting home from work I instantly sat down at my desk and began churning through my to-do list. My body still ached and now it was trying to get my attention through migraines and tension. This is when I finally decided to listen and honor its needs for mindful movement. I rolled out my yoga mat and took 25 minutes out of my day to nourish my temple. My body thanked me graciously.
These are just a few of the million beautiful ways you can practice self-care. Let me know below what are some of your favorite self-care practices? 🙂