Guest post from Anna Miller
Here's a guest post today from Anna on Wellness. Remember that I'm an equal opportunity site, and if you have a post on something that can even by a stretch be related to the joy that is yoga, send it on it. I'd love to place it in this shiny white space. Thanks again to Anna! Sequence of the day is below her article and byline.
3 Key Ways to Boost Wellness
It’s a term that’s bandied about regularly these days; it has become the buzzword of the physical and mental health industries because it is one term that will get people to buy products and sign up for services; and it’s a key component to battling illness and malaise that are associated with stress and tension. Wellness is something that most people know of but don’t really understand. Do you know how well you are? What are the steps you take in the path to boosting wellness?
Wellness is being aware of your physical and mental health, knowing the triggers that set you on the path to degradation, and consciously avoiding them. When you are in a state of wellness, you tend to accept the things that you cannot change instead of obsessing over them, you take control over your life and direct its flow instead of letting the flow control you, and you know what has to be done and what you need to do to achieve them. It’s easy to boost wellness with these simple tips:
· Be aware of your thoughts and actions: The key to wellness is self-control and self-awareness. If you want to stay positive and do positive things, you must know why you behave the way you do and say the things you do. If anger is your weakness, learn to control your words by counting slowly before you spew venom; if you’re impatient all the time, learn how to condition your responses and take things slowly; if you’re rude to people, learn how to temper your words and be kind. In short, you must know your weaknesses and work towards bettering yourself if you want wellness in your life.
· Get your diet and exercise routine in order: Our moods are affected by what we eat and how we live our lives. So the quest for wellness must include a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine, both of which are essential to good mental and physical health. When you’re fit and strong, you feel good about yourself and content with the world around you. Exercise helps you reduce stress and weight, and the less you have of the two, the better the quality of your life.
· Remember your priorities: And finally, because life is full of choices, you must learn to prioritize and live according to what is important to the quality of your life. Health, money, relationships, education, work, leisure, entertainment – they’re all threads that weave the fabric of life. They jostle for attention in the limited time you have, and if you’re not able to set priorities according to what is important to you (and not to anyone else) and follow them, you’re going to feel irritated and dissatisfied all the time. Live life on your terms without hurting other people, and always remember that when you make too many sacrifices for people, you begin to lose who you really are and become frustrated with the person you’re becoming.
Wellness is a state of both the mind, and unless one is in tune with the other, you lose out on the quality of your life.
This guest post is contributed by Anna Miller, who writes on the topic of online degree . She welcomes your comments at her email id: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
- Gentle neck rolls
- Walk one arm out along your side, roll neck to opposite direction for neck stretch
- Repeat other side
- Cat/cow spine in seated
- Extend opposite arm and leg to balance. Repeat other side.
- Vyaghrasana (Tiger Pose)
- Exhale "Ha!" to extend leg back
- Repeat 10-12x
- Repeat steps 8-10 other side
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
- Hold for 5 long breaths, bending and straightening legs, warming up
- Plank Pose
- Begin Kapalabhati (Skull Shining Breath) in Plank
- Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-limbed Staff Pose)
- Rest on stomach, return to normal breath
- Push back up to Plank
- Adho Mukha Svanasana
- Uttanasana (Forward Fold Pose)
- Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
- Sun Breaths (see Sun Breaths post for how to do this pranayama) in Tadasana
- Utthita Vaya Muktyasana (Standing Wind Relieving Pose)
- Repeat 23 and 24 other side
- Vrksasana (Tree Pose)
- Patanvrksasana (Toppling Tree Pose)
- Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana (Standing Splits)
- Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)
- Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)
- Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
- Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
- Utthita Tadasana (Five Pointed Star)
- Repeat steps 26-35 on other side
- Sukha Matsyendrasana (Easy Twist). Repeat other side
- Tarasana (Seated Star Pose)
- Matsyasana (Fish Pose)