"When you let go of who you are, you become who you might be."
The gut-brain connection is no joke; it can link anxiety to stomach problems and vice versa. Just think about the last time you had "butterflies in your stomach" -- it came from a feeling you were having. Emotions (eg anger, anxiety, sadness, elation) trigger symptoms in the gut. Now remember a time when you've felt sick to your stomach because of something physical (eg. pms, reaction to food, growling belly, dropped blood/sugar levels, etc)....how does that make you feel mentally? See the connection yet??!!
If you've been following along with my monthly themes/challenges, you should feel all the pieces fitting together perfectly towards a healthy mental, physical, emotional and spiritual path. For example, April was all about cleaning out guts so it makes sense that May is all about cleaning out minds---coincidentally just in time for Mental Health month!
This path is based on the 5,000 year old practice of Yoga & Ayurveda. Today I want to focus on the 7th limb of Yoga, Dhyana (#7) which means to think (aka meditate). Dhyana is a progression of yoga poses (#3), breathing (#4) & mindfulness (#5 & 6)---which is what most people think of meditation as, sitting cross-legged withdrawing from the senses & concentrating. Meditating/Dhyana/#7 is a state of being....being one with the breath, one with the universe, When we're truly there our emotions, feelings, reactions aren't controlling us. This state of awareness can not only help to calm your mental state, impulsive behavior and unwanted thoughts but it'll help treat your sleep problems, repair your relationships with yourself (and thus others), and you can even work towards relieving physical pain (eg. headaches & muscle/joint pain).
If you're ready to create change in your life, here is how to begin...
Schedule your weekly Yoga sessions with me so we can practice releasing tension and blocked energy through poses, breathing & mindfulness. May's Yoga classes come with my 21 day meditation challenge. So, you'll be practicing limbs 3-7, too!!! Learn more about the meditation challenge here.
If you haven't yet done my 21 day mindfulness challenge, this is the last week to join. Click here & it starts right away....just check your email today & for the next 21 days.
Beginning your yogic journey through the 8 limbs of Yoga is a challenging but worth-achieving goal!!
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