Boundary awareness

“What are boundaries?”

Wikipedia defines “Personal boundaries as guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave towards them and how they will respond when someone passes those limits.” It is our right to have, state and communicate these boundaries with the hope that others respect them. If these individual boundaries can not be abided by then we have a right to separate ourselves from undesirable situations. Be assertive when affirming our needs and wants. It’s ok to reconsider but only if it’s our choice.

“What are your boundaries?”

Loving the vibe

“Who were you before?”

Japanese folk lore: Our current image is the person we fell in love with in our past lives. Loving yourself. Adoring yourself, manifesting a one-on-one romance with self. See your beauty. Having a real human experience with self.

“How’s your self love today?”

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Namaste

Meraki

Kiss Goodbye

“What will happen if you let go?”

Consciously breathing into a situation yin or yang will bring us to a beautiful realization worth the release. Intimately understand our situation and the life we’ve chosen. Take a deep breathe, fall deep into the moment and feel entirely. Once we’ve accepted the moment, we can fully move onto the next. Taking in the thing we’ve asked for allow us to see our capabilities then we can advance to the next step in our journey with the knowledge and courage to manifest optimally.

“Are you ready for the next step?

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Namaste

Meraki

Birth

“How is past life regression?”

After receiving a message through tarot, thoughts flooded my consciousness of past lives up to the present. One past specifically stood out of this form in the womb relaxed and sheltered until a feeling of release overtook it. Initially there was hesitation to succumb to the feeling. Yet another feeling rose above it and gave reassurance to believe in the possibilities. Birth was the best decision ever made. Gratitude.

“Live”

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Namaste

Meraki

Fasting: Fortitude

“How are fast journeys?”

During my fast there was nothing, just anxiety rapped in oral fixation. Food was missed imaginatively, taste laid dormant. Brushing my teeth removed all desire for attachment. Worldly clarity came by day 3. Mental stimulation was a high priority and quick to come when needed. Daily routines included exercises and tea to keep weight up. All else is up to the mind and breathe.

“Cleanse the palette and renew”

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Namaste

Meraki

“3 Ways Self-Care Can Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals”

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3 Ways Self-Care Can Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

When most of us decide to get healthier, the first thing we reach for is our sneakers and a gym membership. We associate health with physical fitness and with our external appearance, instead of thinking about the complex ways in which physical and mental health are interlinked. In doing this, we are actually doing a disservice to our fitness goals. Here are three forms of mental self-care that can have a direct, tangible impact on your fitness regime.

Practicing Self-Love

Many people choose to start a fitness regime because they want to lose weight, gain muscle, or otherwise change their appearance. This is not a problem in itself. Losing weight is often good for us, and a healthy fitness regime combined with a balanced diet is the best way to do it. However, it can become a problem when people get overly fixated on their appearance, turning their fitness into a negative, self-punishing experience.

It is difficult to balance the motivation to lose weight with self-love and confidence, but it is crucial. In the long run, self-criticism will only lead to poor mental health and, counterintuitively, weight gain. If you often find yourself being disappointed with yourself and your appearance after working out, you need to reevaluate your approach to your exercise routine.

Exercise is good for your mind and body. It makes you healthier, happier, more focused, less tired, less stressed, and less likely to develop a host of illnesses. A regular fitness routine is an act of self-care and self-love, a favor to yourself. It is not a punishment or a torture to be endured in the name of external beauty. Remember to congratulate yourself when you achieve even the smallest goal, and to focus on how exercise makes you feel rather than how you hope it will make you look.

Learning to Relax

Stress is terrible for our mental health, but we often don’t consider how it could be impacting our efforts to get fitter. According to Shape, stress can be bad for your fitness goals not just because it can make it harder for you to find motivation, but because it can also delay your recovery and progress. This is why it is important to create a relaxation regimen to complement your fitness one.

Incorporate habits into your life that can help you prevent and deal with stressful situations. Consider picking up a soothing hobby, like knitting or coloring, which can allow you to focus on one task and in doing so practice mindfulness. Improve your quality of sleep with a good set of pillows, a noise machine, or by making your room completely dark at night. Finally, think about other ways you can help yourself minimize stress, such as creating a room in your house dedicated to meditation and mindfulness practice.

Dealing With Your Mental Health

Exercise can help with anxiety and depression, but there is a catch. According to the British National Health Service, exercise is most appropriate as a mental health tool for people with mild to moderate depression. If you have a more severe form of mental illness, you are going to have a very difficult time sticking to a regular fitness routine. People with severe anxiety and depression can feel completely immobilized by their affliction and often have a hard time getting out of bed, let alone going for a run.

If you feel like you are suffering from a more serious form of mental illness, make sure taking care of it is your priority. Go see a doctor to discuss your therapy and medication options, and focus on dealing with your mental health first.

The term self-care has become synonymous with relaxation and stress relief, and those are indeed incredibly important to our well-being. However, it is important that we realize that self-care incorporates the full set of actions we take toward our health, and that all of these are interrelated. By noting the ways our fitness regime is influenced by the ways we deal with our mental health, we can strengthen both forms of self-care and work toward a more balanced life.

Article by:

Sheila Olson of fitsheila.com | info@fitsheila.com

Sun Exercises- Yoga Sun Salutation

“What’s your morning routine?”

Exercise is needed to keep your body running properly. A great exercise is the Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara. It only takes 5 minutes of your time. It is a collective of poses that each come with a meaning and function. It’s a daily practice that you do in the morning and night. Usually you practice it outside in nature where you can send gratitude and absorb the sun’s energy but feel free to do it anywhere.

Some benefits are:
* Strengthens the entire digestive system.
* Invigorates and restores the nervous system.
* Energizes the heart and regulates blood pressure and heart palpitations.
* Promotes healthy lungs and breath.
* Stimulates glandular activity.
* Strengthens the muscles in your upper and lower body including your abdomen and back.
* Reduces excess fat on the body.
* Improves kidney function.
* Encourages proper posture.
* Brings clarity to your mind.

How to:
* To begin, stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Distribute your weight evenly over both feet. Establish a slow, steady rhythm for your breath. Find your center.
* Next, inhale and stretch your arms out to the side and overhead into Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute). Reach your heart and arms to the heavens, sending your greeting to the sun.
* As you exhale, hollow out your belly and fold into Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), connecting down into the earth. Keep your legs firmly engaged.
* Inhale and lengthen your spine forward into Ardha Uttanasana (Half Standing Forward Bend). In this pose, the gaze is lifted, the spine is extended, and the fingertips can stay on the floor or rise to the shins.
* Exhale and step or lightly hop your feet back behind you into Plank Pose. Your wrists should be flat on the floor, shoulder-distance apart, and your feet should be at hip distance. Take a full breath in as you lengthen through your spine.
* Exhale and lower into Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose), keeping your legs straight and pushing back into your heels or bringing your knees to the floor. Build heat in the center of your body as you hold this challenging posture.
* Inhale and carve your chest forward into Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog), directing that energy out from your heart. Pull your shoulders back and open your collarbones. Engage your legs but relax your gluteal muscles.
* Exhale and roll over the toes, coming into Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). Ground down through your hands and feet as you lengthen your spine. Remain here for five breaths.
* On your fifth exhale, bend your knees and look between your hands. Then inhale and step or lightly hop your feet between your hands, returning to Ardha Uttanasana.
* Exhale back to Uttanasana, surrendering into the fold.
* Inhale, reaching your arms out wide to your sides and coming to stand through a flat back. Feel a renewed sense of energy as you draw your arms overhead into Urdhva Hastasana.
* Exhale and return to Tadasana, your home base. Remain here for a few breaths, feeling the movement of energy through your body, or continue on to your next salute.
* Then repeat with the other leg.

Make sure or take breathes and do each pose with intention to get the full experience.

“Let your light shine”

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Sending peace, love and prosperity to all on your day.

Meraki