Personally, today was not a great day. Some losses. I think it’s important to share, as humans, that we all have ups and downs.

When I work with a patient who has depression and their goal is to “be happy”, I spend time chatting with them about the natural range of emotions.

 

Loss and sadness happens – it’s a part of life. If we’re lucky, we get to choose how to respond to it.

Once upon a time I would have replayed the crap events over and over again in my mind. I probably would have picked up a pizza and curled up on the couch for a netflix marathon.

When I got home today, I didn’t immediately numb my emotions with food, internet or tv. I spent some time thinking about what I really wanted to do tonight – what would nourish my body and soul.

It took some time, but I feel like a yoga class with a good sweat is what I need to relax my mind and body.

So Multi-Level Hatha it is!

I’m so proud of my ability to make healthy choices that fit with my values (health) and use my mindfulness attitudes (letting go of attachment) to do so.

 

How do you deal with low moods?

Last night, on the yoga mat, I had a fun moment of awareness
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I don’t have goals when it comes to yoga or mindfulness meditation.

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I do have intentions.
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Each practice, my intention is to be present and take belly breaths.
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It’s that simple. Arrive.
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When my mind wanders (as it always does), I bring my attentionback to the breath, or pose, and just be.
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Noticing my breath, deep within my belly.
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I’ve been practicing mindfulness meditation regularly for six years now.

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I’ve been practicing yoga off and on for about eight years.

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Over the past six months I have become much more dedicated to yoga,
practicing at least 4 times per week.
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I don’t rarely compare myself to others.
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I smile when I wobble or fall over.
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I feel pride when my arms shake because I am creating change in my body.
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Last night I noticed the following:
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  • My twists have increased significantly and my breath deepens while in them.

 

  • The strength in my quads is fun to notice – I’m much more stable in half moon.

 

  • My arms and shoulders can hold more – I did my first handstand (with wall support of course).

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All while doing deep belly breaths and just being present.

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Of course my mind still wanders.

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Of course my mind still has momentary judgements about my body (especially when I get stuck practicing near the mirror!).

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But the more I live and practice mindfulness, the more peace and joy I feel.
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I will continue to focus on my intention (arrive and belly breath).
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And maybe in six more months I will have another fun moment of awareness on the mat.
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Simply intend to show up and trust in the practice.

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For a free five minute guided meditation click here.

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For one free class in a great yoga studio in Calgary, check this place out.  Maybe I’ll see you there!

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peace & joy
Char