What a busy December it’s been – the stress of festive preparations definitely left me feeling under the weather, especially with flu season coinciding! Whilst I’ve loved spending time with families and friends, all the festive parties and activities have made me lose focus on myself and I’ve now definitely got the January blues!
So for this, I wanted to share with you my top tips on how to look after your body post-holiday season… after all yoga is all about strengthening the body, mind and soul!
I think my number one rule is to set aside a few hours a day. It is so important to take this time out and focus on yourself! Time management is key in yoga. I am guilty myself some days of making the excuse of “not having the time” because I am so busy and caught up with other things that I don’t prioritise it enough.
So as a new year’s resolution, I got myself a diary and made sure I wrote in the days I wanted to do classes and pre booked these all so I had no excuses! I tend to prefer going to classes as I feel more motivated in that environment but those of you that practice at home – why not try one of the Yoga apps?
Daily Yoga is a great one (and free) they’re all timed sessions so you can keep on track and manage your workout based on the time you have! Or, if you are one for a yoga DVD – make sure to set yourself a time and add this to the diary so you stick to it.
Now I don’t know about you but I definitely over indulged in December and this definitely left me feeling groggy so my number 2 tip is attention to nutrition! I know this is what a lot of people tend to focus on post December pig outs but for yoga it is really essential we maintain this throughout the year and as long as you are practicing regularly, your mind will adapt and stimulate. Why say no to fatty foods? Well of course it is okay to have a treat once in a while and especially around holiday seasons but to ensure we create energy for the body and mind we need to be eating the right foods!
So for me personally, I am a vegetarian and I know that a lot of my yoga enthusiasts have also adapted to this kind of diet. Of course, it’s a personal preference and there is no ‘right or wrong’ diet with Yoga so don’t panic… As long as you have a balance of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds your mental vitality will increase. So say no to those fatty foods and sugars that will leave you feeling groggy! Keeping up with your yoga poses daily won’t be enough if you’re nutrition is poor…
Did any of you set a new year’s resolution? Talking to a few friends I know a lot have given up chocolate, caffeine, smoking, or maybe even alcohol. Whether it is a Dry January or a DeChox this New Year, cutting something like this out of your diet can make you anxious and increase your stress levels. Your mind can go crazy (I know when I’m craving chocolate mine does) so my next top tip is meditation.
The key here is to relax! I love meditation and I find it so good to re-focus on my goals. This is a great one for you busy bee’s as well, it literally takes 10 minutes out of your day and will leave you feeling refreshed! And if that isn’t good enough, it’s proven to strengthen the immune system so it’s especially good if you’re stress hormones are high! Winter season also means flu season so my final tip is to keep the bugs away!
The best way to do this is of course my favourite…. Yoga! But honestly, ensuring you practice regularly will strengthen immunity and hopefully keep that flu away. If you are one of the unlucky ones who have already caught the flu (like me) I have found pranayamas are great for clearing the chest and Surya Bhedana for help with breathing through the nostrils! So that’s it – 4 top tips for a happier & healthier January!
For me, 2017 I hope to strengthen my mind, body and soul and over these next few posts I will be giving you an insight into how we can do this and make 2017 the best! So if you are still uuming and arring, give it a try and make it your new year’s resolution! And for all you keen yoga enthusiasts I’d be interested to know how you’ve got through January, so please share your top tips!