During this #beinspired challenge, you've done many things. You've walked with loved ones, practiced yoga on your mat at home and at the studio with friends, listened to classical music and belted out classic rock songs in your car, knit scarves, watched speakers brave the stage to share their stories, swung on the swing with your children, started a book, finished a book, and started another book. And so much more.
But what you've really done over the last 21 days is to create your own catalog of activities that nourish and inspire you.
So on days when you there's a pause in your daily routine and you find yourself wondering, What can I do now?, take your dog for a walk, or watch a Ted Talk and learn something new.
And on the days when life feels tense or uncertain and you ask yourself, 'What should I do now?' return to this same list. Instead of trying to solve it all right away, ask yourself, 'what do I really love?' and do that.
Do more of the things that make you feel more really alive, the things you really love. That's what yoga--and really, life--is about.
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"Just because last year’s holiday was a bust doesn’t mean things will go awry this time."
The holidays can be interesting. Being around family can bring out things in us we don't experience the rest of the year.
Remembering the best moment of each day can help it feel like a new beginning and bring awareness to the abundance we have in our lives.
Check out this article on Thanksgiving and the Practice of Gratitude and write down 3 things you're grateful for today.
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Rock out to this incredibly talented duo from Mexico. #listen #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge
Reading is like yoga. Much like the feeling I get when I haven't taken a yoga class in a long time, I can tell when I haven't been reading; I feel more easily agitated and fidgety. Reading helps reduce stress and calm the mind and body.
But did you know that reading may even lower blood pressure and slow the progress of Alzheimers? Click here for a list of 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Everyday.
And here's another reason to read everyday: it's FUN! Reading, particularly fiction, takes us out of our everyday life and transports us to a different place, time and focus, helping us to not get overwhelmed by the myriad of tasks, people and responsibilities vying for our attention.
Open a book...and go somewhere fun!
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The variety of exercise regimens and equipment available has grown exponentially in the last 20 years. Yet somehow there is no replacement for push-ups. This basic exercise if one of the most common and has been around probably as long as we have.
Push-ups recruit several major muscles groups, including biceps, core muscles, triceps, pectorals, and deltoids making it a very effective way to increase upper body strength and overall tone. Done consistently, they can also help to prevent shoulder injuries. (Remember to bring the knees to the floor if you're working with sensitivity in the lower back.) Besides the physical benefits, push-ups are a very easy way to get rid of nervous tension or stress and get an ego boost.
So go ahead. Wherever you are, drop and give me 10 of your best...20 if you're feeling brave. And if you feel as if the classic push-up is not entertaining enough, check out the video below for some creative variations.
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A neuroscientist watches as she herself experiences a stroke and lives to share her insight.
Watch this inspirational video now.
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Immerse yourself in the rapture of music.
You know what you love. Go there.
Tend to each note, each chord,
Rising up from silence and dissolving again.
Vibrating strings draw us
Into the spacious resonance of the heart.
The body becomes light as the sky
And you, one with the Great Musician,
Who is even now singing us
-Lorin Roche, The Radiance Sutras, # 18
Listen to the strings in this classic song. #listen #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge
There are many ways to calm the mind. And it only take a minute.
In his book "Quiet Mind: One Minute Retreats from a Busy World," David Kundtz, author also of "Doing Nothing," presents a series of 2-page reflections on aspects of daily life, such as drinking tea, road rage and teeth brushing. It's a great book to pick up, read a chapter, and then put it back down until you want another little break from your daily routine.
So it's perfect for those of us who have trouble reading a book from start to finish, or have 5 unfinished books on the night table.
For those of you who were hoping for the music video from the 90s song "It only takes a minute, girl," I won't disappoint you. Click here for a flashback in time that may make you want to dance instead of read.
Either way. #read #move #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge
It doesn't take a lot of yoga poses to make a difference in your body. Here are 4 poses that are great anytime, but are especially helpful this time of year.
The natural world around us is usually a direct reflection for what's going on inside. For many of us this is a busy time of year and it's normal to feel less grounded.
Practice these 4 postures here to help you regain and sense of groundedness throughout the fall and holiday season.
Bonus points for doing the meditation as well.
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Check out this great alternative to a Gratitude Journal...it's an app called Gratitude Journal.
Then write 3 things your grateful for today.
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Inspirations on life and yoga, including recipes and how-to guides to some of your yoga questions.