As the bell tolls twelve on the eve of the New Year, as if by magic the fitness, health and diet industry spring back into life and the radio, TV ads and social media are aflood with images and promises of that new level of fitness, that new body, fresh peace of mind. At BodhiAdventure we like to do things a little differently: honouring the auspicious nature of the New Year, but also remembering the heaviness of winter and quietly waiting for Spring for bigger changes.
And so we have gently made our way through January, making small daily tweaks, prepping for our first Yoga and Ski retreat of 2017 (which is taking place this week- happysigh) and reap the benefit rather than trip on over-ambitious life-changes.
Some changes we would recommend for you:
Get that earlier night: going to bed just an hour later over several nights can really take its toll. Stress is often made worse with lack of sleep. Sufficient sleep can also impact on processing speeds and memory. Can you download a sleep-app or keep a sleep diary, or set a reminder on your phone?
Start each day with a few sun salutations - this is a truly wonderful way to awaken your body, to stretch, to say good morning to each of your muscles. As your week goes on increase the number - taking a week to build up into a full sun salutation. You will gradually feel your body gain strength and your confidence with it.
Develop your yoga nidra practice: this technique, used to awaken the connection between body, mind, and soul is like a deep sleep while you are still awake, with many health benefits: not least for stress levels and helping you unwind at the end of the day.
What about you? Can you recommend any small changes for big impact? And has the New Year been good to you so far?