Yoga Nidra: Body Scan

Yoga Nidra is a sleep based meditation that brings you from thinking and doing to feeling and being. Yoga Nidra is beneficial for both the body and the mind. It is a powerful tool to help relieve tension and stress.

Below is a 15 minute body scan practice inspired by VETOGA and Dharma Mittra. All you have to do is lay down, close your eyes, and follow the voice that is guiding you. Often times, you will remember certain parts of the Yoga Nidra practice and not others. Even if you don’t remember everything your mind is still absorbing the practice.

If you find that outside noise bothers and distracts you when you’re meditating, don’t fight the noise. The more you try to push it away, the more it will bother you. Become aware of the noise and acknowledge it. Gradually take your attention towards the noisy environment, observe each sound and then return to the voice guiding you. This brings your mind to the present moment and helps you settle down. There will come a point when you transcend any noise, and it stops bothering you.

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6 Steps to Create an Uncluttered Personal Environment

Just as the external environment can affect well-being, so can your personal environment. Research studies show that rooms with bright light, both natural and artificial, can improve depression and anxiety. Your immediate surroundings can also impact your behavior and motivation to act. For example, a messy desk with papers, folders, and other items spread across may cause you to lose focus. Whereas, a clean and organized desk will encourage productivity.

1. Choose an area to declutter. Start small. Start with one room. Is it your office? Your bedroom? Your kitchen? Commit to decluttering that space this week.

2. Put everything from that room into a place where you can see all items individually (or at least grouping similar items).

3. Ask yourself: does it bring me joy or solve a problem I have often? If yes, keep it. Ask yourself: can I replace this easily? If so, toss it. Ask yourself: Do I have more than one of these? If so, donate it. Ask yourself: Is this just taking up space and can be recycled? If so, recycle it.

4. Make four piles: one for keep, one for donate, one for toss, one for recycle.

5. Find a new home for all the items you keep in the space. Take donations to your center of choice immediately (don’t box them and leave them in garage for another day). Toss all the items that should be tossed, and recycle all the items that should be recycled.

6. Don’t forget clothes. Getting rid of unnecessary clothes, shoes and accessories are one of the easiest ways to regain control of certain spaces. Capsule wardrobe, anyone?

 

 

 

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Intentions vs Goals

We hear the terms goal and intention thrown around like confetti. More often than not, the words become used interchangeably which causes confusion.

Intentions and goals are different yet equally important. An intention is a guiding principle for how you want to be, live, and show up in life. It reflects your sentiment. A goal has a verifiable trajectory. It helps move you forward.

The difference between goals and intentions:
Goals are focused on the future.
Intentions are in the present moment.
Goals are a destination or specific achievement.
Intentions are lived each day, independent of reaching the goal or destination.
Goals are external achievements.
Intentions are internal values.

Intentions guide your vision of what you want out of life. Goals bring structure to your vision. By partnering goals with intentions, you will become one of the few people in life who enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

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The Spice Of Life

Life will never be stress free. Extraordinary experiences come with a certain level of stress. Love, purpose, legacy, etcetera. There are several proven ways to reduce stress, including asana, pranayama, and meditation. But what about the stress that still remains? Kelly McGonigal PhD, author of The Upside of Stress, suggests reframing it.

Allowing stress to fester can have a negative affect on our physical and mental health. Yet, we have the power to make stress work for us.

The Upside of Stress is full of takeaways. These two nuggets stood out the most:

  1. Change your relationship to the every day experiences you perceive as hassles. Take the time to write down your values and then go back each day to note how your day’s activities relate to your values. Reframe the stressful experiences you had to endure into expressions of your values.
  2. Reframe anxiety and nerves as excitement. Channel stress into excitement to be perceived as more confident, competent, and graceful. Use that energy to encourage yourself and make things happen.

I have implemented these two strategies to embrace my remaining stress as the spice of life. Daily hassles are expressions of the intentions I have set for the 8 dimensions of wellness and public speaking excites me.

Give these a try and let me know what you think!

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The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It

 

 

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5 Ways Social Connection Improves Your Health + Wellbeing

Social connection is more important than you may think. According to Stanford researcher and author Emma Seppala, social connection impacts not just your your professional success, but your health and wellbeing as well.

  1. “Lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.”
  2. “Strong social connection leads to a 50 percent increased chance of longevity.”
  3. “Genes impacted by social connection also code for immune function and inflammation.” Social connection, therefore, “helps us recover from disease faster.”
  4. “Those who are more connected experience lower rates of depression and anxiety.”
  5. “Those who feel connected to others have higher self-esteem, are more empathic to others, more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with them.”

 

 

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Live Life On Purpose

Let go of thinking there is only one purpose for you. Each one of us is born into this life with several potential paths to personal and professional fulfillment. Embrace the idea that your purpose in life is to live life fully.

Be fully involved with living – be present, be curious, take action, and follow your heart!

 

 

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Find Contentment Wherever You Are On Your Occupational Journey


Doing work you love is important. However, it is a side product of something far more meaningful. The most important part is the journey you go on in order to find the work you love.

On the journey, you discover your true gifts and all you have to offer the world. The journey may keep you on the traditional career ladder or it may take you completely off of it.

You don’t have to love every single role along the way. Focus on what you like about the current work you are doing if it pays the bills and consider finding enrichment through volunteer work or a side hustle.

Explore your talents and be open to non-traditional forms of professional satisfaction.  And always remember to enjoy the journey!

 

 

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Increase Your Ability To Align Your Life

Even if your goal is to steadily increase your income, you’ll never change your financial wellbeing if you don’t change your spending habits. Learning to live beneath your means is one of the main factors of becoming financially independent.

There is no easy way to do this. The harsh reality is that you will have to cut out expenses in your budget that are not absolutely necessary and do what you can to reduce those that are. By doing so, you can get out of debt, build your savings, and invest for the future.

Getting to the point where you feel comfortable with your current and future financial status is huge! This allows you to focus your attention on other dimensions and increases your ability to align your life.

 

 

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Be Brave! Be Bold! Be Creative!

Creativity is the highest form of intelligence. Studies have shown that highly creative people are highly intelligent but highly intelligent people are not always creative. An intelligent person is very knowledgable and has excellent information recall. A creative person creates knowledge by coming up with new ideas through a mental process of connecting existing concepts.

Many of us have been trained to suppress creativity. We often look for safer forms of intelligence because creativity can be risky. Yes, creativity leads to uncharted waters; however, avoiding creativity and stepping out of your comfort zone does not guarantee safety.

In order to make progress and move a head, we must embrace creativity. No one ever created anything exceptional by sticking with the status quo. Be curious and have fun! See new possibilities and try new things! You never know what it will lead to.

Be brave, be bold, be creative!

 

 

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Your Surroundings Affect Your Wellbeing

The Wellevance Environmental Dimension is defined as recognizing one’s responsibility for the air, water, and land that surrounds us. But what exactly does this mean?

Environmental wellness includes both living in harmony with the Earth and in your personal environment. We are responsible for caring for the Earth as well as caring for our immediate surroundings.

Just as the external environment can affect wellbeing, so can your personal environment. Research studies show that rooms with bright light, both natural and artificial, can improve depression and anxiety. Your immediate surroundings can also impact your behavior and motivation to act. For example, a messy desk with papers, folders, and other items spread across may cause you to lose focus, whereas a clean and organized desk will encourage productivity. Fill your environment with things that make you feel good, scents that make you feel invigorated or relaxed, and remove items that may act as subliminal negative triggers.

We are highly susceptible to environmental triggers and it is important to create a personal environment that reduces stress and promotes positive wellbeing.

 

 

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