Keep yourself in balance with yoga

So 2015 has set sail! Perhaps you made some New Year’s resolutions (or took my advice and ignored them and made affirmations instead).

Perhaps you set your intention for this year to look after yourself better. To exercise. To move. To breathe. To relax.

Maybe you want to start a home yoga practice. (A big whoop and yay! to you if that’s the case!)

But perhaps you’re not sure where to start.

Well, a great way to start is to analyse how you feel about your life and wellbeing and tailor your yoga practice to supporting areas where you need to invest your energy or re-vision your life.

This can give you a fantastic starting point for a simple daily practice to boost your energy levels, and to nourish your body, mind and soul.

Try this quick tool

Consider the seven questions below and on a scale of 1 to 10, mark how fulfilled you feel in those areas – looking at the general trend of your current life situation.

0: not at all fulfilled
1-4: not quite fulfilled
5-9: OK, but room for improvement
10: completely fulfilled

How would you assess your current financial situation on the scale of comfortable (10) to uncomfortable (0)?

How supportive are your relationships with your family and friends?

How do you rate the amount of energy you have to achieve what you want to during the day?

To what extent do you tend to see and appreciate the positive side in yourself and others?

How clearly and effectively can you communicate your needs and visions in all circumstances?

How clear to you is your purpose in life? Do you feel your life is in alignment with this purpose?

Do you have a personal practice to help maintain your inner balance and your understanding and appreciation of the world – for example, yoga, meditation, tai chi, religious faith? How consistent are you in your practice?

Now look at your score for each question:

  • 0 – 3: this is where you to need to invest your attention and energy most: make these areas your first priority to work on in your life – and your yoga practice
  • 4-6: be aware that these are your next priority
  • 7-9: these areas may need some work too
  • 10: fantastic! But it’s worth checking every now and again that these areas are staying fulfilled

Now refer to the information below to identify yoga practices which may help you to boost your energy in those areas of your life and wellbeing which need re-visioning and nourishing.

Area of wellbeing Yoga practice if out of balance
Practical Spirituality
(Crown Chakra)
Purpose in life
(Brow Chakra)
  • Cobra / Sphinx
  • Candle meditation – light a candle, sit comfortably in front of it as you gently gaze at its flame. Draw its light within you – let if fill you up. Close your eyes and see the image of the flame in your mind’s eye.
Communication skills
(Throat Chakra)
Self worth
(Heart Chakra)
Energy levels
(Solar Chakra)
(Sacral Chakra)
Financial security
(Base Chakra)

How does this work?

On a physical level your body is controlled by the nervous and endocrine systems. On a more subtle level, energy centres, called Chakras govern your existence. According to yogic tradition there are hundreds of energy channels running throughout your body, the seven main ones being located along the spine – the Chakras.

They are the principal controllers and transformers of all the energy you experience every day through your interactions with people around you and your environment.

The state of the energy flow through your chakras is responsible for the way your thoughts and actions flow throughout the day. And yoga works directly with these energy centres – calming some, boosting the energy in others.

So when you practice yoga not only are you benefiting your physical body but also your subtle body and the flow of energy throughout every cell of your being affecting how you feel emotionally and your thought patterns too.

Definitely worth setting some time aside each day to practice then?!

Tool adapted from  “Dru Yoga – Stillness in MotionBy Chris Barrington, Anita Goswami, Annie Jones, foreword by Mansukh Patel.

What next?

If you live in the Southampton area and would like to develop your home yoga practice, then book a 1-2-1 with me to look at which techniques could help you to nourish your health and wellbeing most. Find out more.

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