There’s growing scientific confirmation of what many have always understood: the connection between the well-being of the mind and the well-being of the body is powerful. That concept is at the heart of wellness practices like yoga, which combines meditation with specific physical movement.
But exercising that concept during yoga classes alone isn’t as powerful as learning to understand life’s natural rhythms. There are five basic steps you can take to deepen your appreciation of and adherence to those rhythms:
- Acknowledge them. Seasons change, the sun rises, the dog sheds, the sun sets, all on a steady, predictable pattern.
- Create a life statement. Determine what is most important to think about. Not what “should” be important, but what really is to the one and only you.
- Release unrealistic expectations. Let go of what you expect from others. Let go of what you expect from yourself, too. Stop living under the boulder of expectations.
- Build life-enhancing routines. Every routine should incorporate balanced rest, nutrition, and movement.
- Know and practice. What brings rest and what restores you? You need both to establish healthier rhythms.
If you’ve dealt with traumas or other difficult situations, trauma-informed yoga may be a way to help you heal both your mind and your body. We’d be happy to answer your questions about it. Why not contact us today?
Ginger Boyce worked in clinical research before deciding to teach trauma sensitive yoga and movement as a way to help with mental health challenges.