2017 is here and with each New Year year the pressure of becoming the greatest version of you weighs down on us all. Resolutions are not my thing. I’m just not into self inflicted pressure just because the date changes overnight. If you’re full steam ahead on your resolutions, great! I am happy for you. It’s just not for me.
I see the change of a year as a time to declutter my mind, home, and soul. A time to plant seeds of new thoughts and inspiration. Nothing in life that is truly wonderful happens overnight.
Here are a few things I plan on working on in the New Year. Blooming gracefully…
Taking care of my mind and body
2016 flew by like a tornado ripping through a small town. Before I could blink each day was ending before I could eat a healthy meal or take a sip of water. So far I have started each day with a glass of lemon water and ended each night with at least 10 mins of gentle yoga.
Simplifying my surroundings
Any form of clutter has always had a negative affect on my productivity. This year I have started Spring Cleaning early. I have purged my closet and workspace of things that no longer speak to me making room for the things I love & space in my mind to create!
Create a vision board
My vision board is a blend of an actual board that I can hang inspiration on and my good ol Pinterest account. This past week I actually took time to look through the things I’ve been pinning and read the articles associated with the image. It’s always fun to delete the Pins that you actually accomplished too!
Like I said earlier, change doesn’t happen overnight however the decision to be self aware and in the moment can. I choose to live each day for that day and enjoy the simple things in life. Doesn’t that sound way better than stressing over what I should have done by the end of 2017?
Happy New Year!
Have you ever seen a car battery with corrosion?
It can be very similar to the toxins or knots that build up on or around your muscles. The big difference is we can’t remove them with a wire brush! Yes, getting a massage is always great but who really can afford to get one weekly? I wish I could say I can but that would be so unbelievably far from the truth. I do however have an answer to your tight muscles or lack there of…
Yoga not only improves your flexibility, range of motion, and stress levels, but it also is great for defining muscle! Now back to the whole car battery thing. Imagine sitting at a computer desk working away five or six days a week. Your posture is a bit slumped, your wrists a bit soar, and you develop tension in your face from squatting at a bright screen all day. Yoga allows you to warm up your areas of tension and gently chip away the stiffness. Not only do you feel more relaxed but YOU CAN SEE YOUR MUSCLES because all the “corrosion” is broken up.
With all the hype of my Grand Opening at Thirteenth and Washington http://www.ThirteenthandWashington.com I very much-needed some yoga time.
Yoga Six is a beautiful new studio that has opened up just off of Hampton in St. Louis. I was amazed by the eco-friendly touches and awesome stone floor mats in the women’s locker rooms. (Seriously you have to stand on them..awesome.)
If you go to the Yoga Six website http://www.yogasix.com you can print out a voucher good for 6 free session to be redeemed in two weeks. What a great way to try a new studio! Just for the record I was not asked nor was I paid to write about this. I simply love yoga and enjoyed my experience at Yoga Six.
For my first class I tried “Athletic Deep Stretch”. I really wanted to loosen up my tight muscle and de-stress. The instructor, Miranda Wall was great! In the beginning of the class she asked if there was anything we wanted to work on. Of course I chimed in, ” Arms, elbows, and shoulders please! I do hair for a living.” The classroom was 85 degrees and surprisingly very comfortable with a slight refreshing breeze. I am so thrilled with the way I feel and can’t wait to go back for more!
Yoga takes practice and in time your poses will be closer to these pictures. Give yourself a break, relax, and clear your mind just in time for Monday. Here are a few of my favorite poses…