Brahmacharya. It seems that every week the yamas get a little more difficult. Brahmacharya is non excess. The Hermit cars signals a higher degree of responsibility. Responsibility to ourselves to do all things in moderation. Eating, sex, exercise, even the amount of screen time we have, just to name a few. Life gets complicated, we find comfort in certain things in our life, and then we tend to overindulge those aspects. We buy more clothes or things we think we need in our homes or for our work, only to find them cluttering up our minds. We drink alcohol to excess and find we are lethargic the next day, eat too much at a meal and then fall asleep, or stay in our computer or phones for too long and have a headache. All these things we make out of balance in our own lives. Let’s try to add balance back in. The next time you eat, pay attention to how it tastes, the way it feels on your tongue, the amount you need to chew it. Pay attention to the cues your body gives you as to whether or not you are full. Have you burped? Have you taken in a large breath? You don’t have to eat all your food right now, enjoy it later in the day or tomorrow. Or, charge your phone in a different room than where you sleep, make an effort to eat your meals without being on your phone or at your desk. Again, bringing awareness into your routines to notice when we begin to overindulge. I have faith in us, it is possible to live in moderation. #thothtarot#brahmacharya#nonexcess#breathe#allthingsinmoderation#mondaymeditation
I love trail running not only for how good it makes me feel, but because I find these little messages of love everywhere—hanging from trees, on the ground, hand-carved Into benches and trunks. My first thought is always of Josh the host dad and I’m tempted to whip out my phone and send him a photo, but then I’d never finish my run. Messages of love are everywhere. My hope is that the treehouse helps our guests cast off whatever stresses may be bogging them down in their everyday lives so that if they aren’t seeing the love and simplicity in their lives, they start to seeing again—during their stay and then creeping back into the everyday. #love#lovenote#nature#leaves#beauty#simplicity#treehouse#breathe#meditate#treehouselove#visitrichmondva#airbnb#richmondva#visitrichmond
If you are feeling anxious, you are not alone; anxiety is the number one issue my students tell me they would like yoga to help them with. I always tell them they have come to the right place! . There were forty people in my first yoga class. I was so nervous I was sure they could hear my heart beating through the microphone, but as I was relaxing them I was also relaxing myself. This works! . 1 – Reframe your thoughts. Switch “I’m so nervous this is terrible!” to “I’m so excited this is amazing!” Butterflies in our stomach are good, they show us that we care about what we are doing and insure that we will be well prepared. . 2 – Focus on your breath. If you notice your breath when you are anxious it is rapid and shallow. Switch this to slow and deep by counting out this pattern four times; inhale to a count of four, hold for a count of seven, and exhale for a count of eight. . 3 – Focus on your body. If you find you have curled yourself up into a small defensive shape. Switch this by standing up straight and putting your arms up to make a V for victory shape and hold for 2 minutes – while reframing your thoughts and breathing deeply. #yougotthis#anxietyrelief#liveamindfullife#wisewomansisterhood
When was the last time you took time out to empty your mind and just breathe? Take a few minutes for you right now and feel the benefits of being silent, still and calm as you step out of your busy lifestyle.