We rarely seem comfortable staying in the moment to enjoy the here and now. Instead our minds are preoccupied with rehashing the past or worrying about the future.
All this busy-ness makes it very hard for us to relax, sleep well, and simply enjoy each day. It is an issue I can relate to.
In June we went for a fantastic trip to Utah, where we were blessed with hours and hours of mountain hikes and runs. There is nothing simpler or more purifying than just putting one foot in front of the other.
The rhythmic movement of taking step after step can put me into a special relaxed state that is so hard to achieve otherwise. But once there it gives me more energy than usual, lightens my mood, and improves my sleep patterns.
The activity that enables us to focus our mind on the present and shut out the noise so we can relax is different for everyone. For me it's hiking but it can also be quilting, knitting, running, biking, swimming, or wood working. For many the pure bliss of relaxation can come from a simple yoga session.
Did you know that lots of medical visits are related to the excessive stress levels and psychosomatic issues? Yoga assists us in reducing anxiety, finding our focus, balance and inner strength.
I host only one flow yoga session a week at my VOC studio. It is a small, semi-private group of yoga practitioners who come together every Thursday morning for 75 minutes of that special something.
The class is run by our skilled and knowledgeable specialist yoga teacher who starts by guiding us through some basic warm-up stretches. Then we continue with some twisting, seated, and standing asanas, or poses.
By the time we reach the last 20 minutes where we lie in the corpse pose and go through a guided meditation, we already feel flexible and rejuvenated.
Then by focusing on our body parts and the breathing pattern, we achieve a deep state of relaxation. The goal is to maintain that state of rest and relaxation for the rest of the day and to bring it with us into the next day.
Yoga is a truly great addition to anyone's fitness program, whether you are into weightlifting and bodybuilding, simple walks, or a morning swim.
As a valuable addition to physiotherapy, it also constitutes a gentle re-introduction to exercise for those of us who are coming back on the path to fitness and well-being, following an injury or any other health-related setback.
If you are in need of some relaxation and staying in the moment, and want to strengthen your core and benefit form a great stretch, please join us on these special Thursdays.
Magdalena is the owner of the "Be Fit Fit" Personal Training and Wellness Studio (www.befitfit.biz). Her "Be Fit Fit" Blog can be read on www.verdenews.com