When Marie Kondo is decluttering, she doesn’t focus on the things she wants to throw away, instead she looks at what she wants to keep. And when she isn’t quite sure, she takes the item in her hand and asks, “Does this spark joy?”
The author of the best selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is literally talking about material possessions here, but the entire process is 100 per cent a metaphor for life. Continue reading “Does This Spark Joy?”
Ah, December 1st, you have arrived. It is my annual tradition to spend way too much time this month reflecting on the past year. I love setting resolutions and goals, planning adventures, establishing steps to get closer to my dreams, reflecting on my memories, moments and the things that affected me. I try to focus on the good stuff and learn from the bad stuff. This year I’m also thinking a lot about myself as a person, and the kind of person I want to be (and the life I want to lead) going forward. Continue reading “Don’t Wait Until January, Here’s How You Can Start Improving Your Life Today”
Yesterday I met with a personal trainer. I want to work towards incorporating inversions into my practice and I definitely don’t feel strong enough for these poses right now. I thought a few sessions with a trainer might introduce me to some targeted exercises to help me address the areas I want to strengthen. At the time it felt like a pretty demanding session, so I was a little disappointed that I only really felt it in like two areas today. Our workout started with an ab circuit, progressed through a series of exercises using free weights and machines, and ended with 15 minutes or so of kickboxing.
I knew as soon as I entered the room that I had made the right decision. I removed my coat and shoes and stepped into the space, embracing its warmth. Looking out, I could see the sun beginning to set through the glow in the windows. I was exactly where I needed to be.
We moved through the restorative practice slowly but strongly, holding the positions for as long as we needed, and then a little more. My body drank it in. It had been too long since I had practiced yoga or found time for myself that it was as though I had somehow forgotten the reason I started practicing in the first place: that it makes me feel so connected, so whole. Continue reading “Emotional Savasana”