10 Ways To Stay Mindful

  • By Yoga Studio Calgary
  • 04 Sep, 2017
10 Ways To Stay Mindful

How can you begin to create a meaningful mindfulness routine in your life no matter where you are, who you’re with or what you are doing? It’s easier than you may think….here’s a hint, don’t try too hard :)

  1. Only do one thing at a time…..it has been proven again and again that multitasking is stress inducing, inefficient and non-productive. This leaves you doing many things, however struggling to accomplish any one of those things.
  2. Rely on your breath. It’s right there with you always. Big exhales carry away stresses with them.
  3. Slow down and focus. Focusing on what you are doing, what you are eating, what you are reading will keep your full attention on that moment…….how many times have you heard people tell you, stay present.
  4. Applaud yourself for your accomplishments, not what you still have to get done.
  5. Allow your body to feel any and all emotions that come up or want to come up. If you’re feeling great, feel great and don’t feel guilty for feeling great. If you’re feeling crummy remind yourself it’s ok to feel crummy, the feeling will pass much faster, much easier.
  6. Go play outside…..I mean play. Get dirty, be silly, swing on the swings, let yourself go.
  7. Know that nothing is permanent. Good times or hard times, keep a perspective that this time isn’t forever.
  8. Laugh, laugh, laugh.
  9. Look for the good. Good can be found everywhere. When you find it, stay there.
  10. Remove the things in your life that you do not need, are taking up space, are no longer serving you….release.

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By Yoga Studio Calgary 16 Oct, 2017
What is an affirmation?.....{ af.firm.a.tion is a declaration, the action or process of affirming something}. Your brain doesn’t require that the information you are giving it to be completely accurate. It simply needs it to be certain in order to find the most optimal direction to reach out for the energy that will deliver you your desire, you vision, your goal. Affirmations centre your consciousness in order to increase intuition, intuition grants you confidence, when you advance confidently success will chase you.

1) All I need in life I already have.
2) I do not need to earn anything, I already am whole.
3) I live from love.
4) Only good comes to my life.
5) I am safe.
6) My potential is unlimited.
7) I look for and focus on the good in all things.
8) I don’t ever fail, I keep growing and learning.
9) I am enough...always.
10) I honour who I am...always.

These are thought patterns that will begin to replace out-dated, negative thought patterns each time you hear these words in your own head. These thought patterns will literally begin to create a positively wired brain, resilient of worries and stresses, anger or frustration.
By Yoga Studio Calgary 10 Oct, 2017

You know you want to be incorporating yoga into your daily routine for health and well-being, pain management, stress relief and strength & flexibility (just to name a few). The thought of adding even one more thing to your day can really bring you down though, make you feel even more overwhelmed. How about trying a few poses while you are still making your way out of bed each morning.

Here are 5 energizing yoga poses for you to do before you even get out of bed! These poses will set you up for a successful day in all aspects. They will get everything going by increasing the blood flowing throughout your body therefore oxygenating all of your trillions of cells as well as picking up and carrying away toxins in order to unblock energy flow. New life can be brought to your body each morning with these poses. This morning bed sequence will only take you less than 10 minutes;

1) Cat-Cow pose

2) Happy baby

3) Baby bridge pose

4) Supine (laying down) spinal twist

5) Seated forward fold

By Yoga Studio Calgary 02 Oct, 2017
Who couldn’t use a moment, or many moments throughout the day of increased mental energy and those feel good sensations. Try out Murcha pranayama (retaining breath)……draw in new life energy (prana) as you inhale and soak your brain with all this empowering energy.

Be seated, at your desk at work, at home, at the hockey arena, wherever you are this can be done.

Close your eyes, take in a few conscious breaths. Do not hold these initial breaths, just use them to settle. This in itself is beginning to enhance mental energy and purify your lungs. Once settled with a few breaths, draw in a deep inhalation to your body and hold it….bend your neck to lower your chin in toward your chest. Hold this breath and position for however long feels comfortable. Now lift your head and release the breath. Repeat as many times as you feel you need.

It is always important when using different or new breath techniques to never strain and always honour your body and what feels comfortable.
By Yoga Studio Calgary 25 Sep, 2017
Our days are busy! We are often dashing from one place to the next without even noticing what is actually happening around us. We are existing in the past or what is about to happen next. We are not ever collecting happy memories of lovely simply things that happen each day because we are not present. Here are 5 mantras you make say to yourself as much as you choose each day;

  1. I am alright, right now. ” 
  2. I am on my own side, what can I give myself? ” 
  3. Your presence is needed. ” 
  4. I have exactly the right amount of time I need for this. ” 
  5. Is that true? ”……..this is in respects to when worry creeps in. 

Ask yourself if you have any proof that what you are worrying about will in fact happen And a bonus! A smile and a big exhale have the power to change any moments.
By Yoga Studio Calgary 04 Sep, 2017

How can you begin to create a meaningful mindfulness routine in your life no matter where you are, who you’re with or what you are doing? It’s easier than you may think….here’s a hint, don’t try too hard :)

By Yoga Studio Calgary 14 Aug, 2017
Your time is precious and often limited. When you have the chance to make it to a yoga class you sure want to get all out of it that you can! A yoga class offers you 75 minutes of time entirely just for you. This time is for your own self care so you can recharge and be able to serve the rest of your life to its full potential. Here are three ways you can get the most out of your practice starting today!
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