Working as a yoga instructor is different for each teacher. Some people work part time, feeding their passion while still working other jobs to sustain living. Others find themselves working in a full time yoga teaching position. Although I never expected to go full time, I cannot imagine being happy doing anything else.
Each day, you have an opportunity to set off on the right foot, making the rest of the day less stressful and more enjoyable. Every morning, we wake up with determination and positivity. Sleep cleanses us from the previous day. All the hardships we faced are now in the past.
Preventative health is commonly overlooked in the western world. It is unfortunate that many wait long into disease to look for nutritional advice. Food either feeds the disease, or fights it. We really are what we eat! Food is digested, absorbed and transformed into every cell of our body. We need to consider the power we have when choosing our meals. Can you switch that afternoon coffee to an herbal tea? There are so many little steps we can take to improve our health. All it takes is changing small habits.
Everyone has their own idea on how to be healthy. There are so many different variables: age, culture, gender, lifestyle and values. These all create different opinions on what health means. Health is unique to the individual. But sometimes, I feel like people become a little unhealthy about being healthy. Striving to do our best, we often get caught up, losing balance. I don’t believe that counting calories, or balancing ratios of protein, fats, or carbohydrates is healthy either. I think there needs to be a balance. It's okay to check in the macros and numbers sometimes for portion control, but not obsessively! It’s an unhealthy way to look at food. Food is so much more than a science, just as we are more complicated than a body.
In this day and age people are more like busy bubbles apposed to busy bees. We are all stressed about something, in a rush and in our own world. It’s not surprising to bump into a stranger on the street, because their eyes were glued to their phone. We are all busy – and we are all stressed.
People are so weird. When you watch a dog meet a stranger, they either like them or they don't. The just know. They have an instinct about the person and they trust it completely. People are funny in the way that we have completely disconnected from our gut instincts, our intuition.
Growth. This is actually all we are meant to do. To live, and to grow. To grow and to learn. To learn and to live. The cycle continues further and further as we age. We keep building, and making mistakes, and then learning, and then rebuilding some more.
It is incredible to think of where we have started from and where we already are. Take a moment to actually connect to how far you have come. Think about all the obstacles and times you have felt stress in such a state and worked your way through it. If you are still in it, trust the process that you will get out of it just like you did before.
Welcome to 2018 my loves. This year, I have remained in Brisbane over the Holiday season. While it was incredibly different in climate, the holiday still felt quite similar, away from my home of Winnipeg. I moved away from Winnipeg when I was 20 years old, so holidays away from family have become quite normal. Forever grateful for technology to help keep family close - no matter how far the distance.
To start the new year off, I thought it would be a good time to discuss the root of all our goals.