“Earth my body, Water my blood, Air my breath and Fire my spirit. “ — Native American Chant
Our daily lives and routines do not favor self-care. How in the world can we possibly make healthy and considerate decisions when we run what seems like a marathon day by day? And do not take the time to catch our breath?
Self-neglect has become a modern epidemic in our culture. We are so accustomed to putting forth all of the effort into our studies, careers and house chores. Into being a parent, being a spouse, and being the best at being the best. Thinking about taking just a few minutes each day for self-care is just being selfish or indulgent. Or just simply that there are “better things to do.” In reality, self-care is a sign of reverence and respect to one’s self. It is fundamental empowerment. Self-care is not impossible nor does it have to be a daylong ritual. It can be short and sweet. Yet effectively able to enforce a deep level of self-care and learning of love.
Knowing and accepting that is it O.K. for you to take time out of your day for you (YES – JUST FOR YOU EVERY. SINGLE. DAY) is the first step into mastering self-care. Don’t be so hard on yourself, but take the time to sit back and marvel at your life. If you don’t care for yourself, how can you fully give yourself others? “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what is left of you.”
Tech free times: Liberate your spirit and your mind by setting aside time to disengage from your cell phone, electronic devices and social media. This is very effective in the evening as we are winding down from our day. Devices that project light are said to stimulate the brain. So if you have trouble falling asleep, this could be your answer. Instead, try alternate nostril breathing to calm the nervous system. Try journaling on paper vs. on social media. Try a brief meditation.
Take your practice outside for fresh air and sunshine: We all want the most out of our yoga practice but doing it in the same space can sometimes deplete you of your motivation. How about taking your practice outside? After all, nature is human’s paramount medicine and our eternally welcoming playground! Put the two together and you have a recipe for optimal physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Yoga is an invitation to connect and become more aware of your highest self, deepen your relationship with others & your surroundings.
Get a massage: In the western world we view self-care such as massage as an indulgence. Growing up with a mother who is a massage therapist I’ve come to learn that self-care practices like massage are acts of survival & compassion. The massage space at MOYO is alluring! The beautifully decorated room with its organic green walls and wood accents creates a serene cocoon like atmosphere. Everyone at MOYO including their massage therapists Alyssa Geslao Scanlon, Megan Ferrier & Brian Fegley serve with a passion and a purpose.
Connect with people: A smile can change your day. Just imagine hearing a loved one’s voice that you may not have spoken to for awhile because life just got “too busy.” Have you been meaning to reconnect with a distant friend? A simple phone call could be the start of a new beginning.
Simply do nothing at all and rest!
On June 9th MOYO is hosting a truly amplified soulful experience. There will be a class held on the main floor to ensure enough space then transitioning outdoors under the pavilion for a sound healing experience among all of the vibrations of nature that unite us. MOYO’s NEW outdoor pavilion will be a yoga eco-center! Offering a variety of classes this summer including Aerial yoga, floor classes, sound healing & more!
Written by guest blogger Amanda Kelly:
Amanda is a knit fabric research & developer by day who discovered her passion for yoga 5ish years ago while studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is currently working towards her 200hr RYT at MOYO.
Her yoga journey started as a means to escape herself, her past and find her way: the letdowns you can’t predict, opportunities that end up being too good to be true, and moments when you feel like you will never survive another day. Wildly in love, married to her middle school sweetheart, she now knows that everything in life happens for a reason and you are exactly where you are supposed to be in the present moment. Sharing her passion of yoga, wellness, adventure, and personal style, her mission is to inspire and guide people through her own personal journey and experiences.