|Posted on 18 June, 2019 at 10:40||comments (0)|
“From moving society to sitting society”
Have you ever tried to calculate how much you sit on daily basis. Sitting on the train, going for more sitting at work, then going home to sit and have dinner and then again sitting down to read a book or to watch a movie. Is one long array of prolonged sitting. No wonder people as young as 25-30 are already complaining from back problems.
If we trace back our roots thousand years ago is quite the opposite. From the moment our ancestors wake up to the moment they go to sleep was constant movement. To find a water they need to move, to find food they need to move, to find shelter they need to move, and goes on and on. And array of movement. Interesting isn’t ? From array of movement human beings moved to array of prolonged sitting. The more interesting, however is that our body don’t seem to grasp the idea and evolved, to adjust to that as with most things. Or said it more bold- our world change tremendously and as much as our bodies had evolved during the time, on moving section we are still “designed” the same.
Which leave us with the only option to invest time every day for healthy movement. And when not everyone has the perfect one or more hours, finding even 10 min a day will make the significant difference.
Let’s think about it now - out of 24 hours, say 14-16 are active hours, how much time is actually 10 mins? It’s seems quite achievable, and yet so many people failed to add it to their daily routine. Few of the things to get you started is start straight away, next morning planned in your day as a must( as you are sure you are going to have dinner). And then eventually you can increase it. And you if can’t have even 10 mins do 2 mins, without judgement.
You might be wondering what you can do for 2 or 10 mins. There is so many things that could be done, two of the easiest are chair yoga and walking. Walking instead of purely sitting again at your lunch break you can walk around outside your office or near park and leave 30min to get and have your food. After or before work instead of going to the closest station, try get off earlier and walk the rest to your office.
Chair yoga is exactly as it sounds, yoga on the chair ( some of the things could be done around the chair). Let’s say you are one hour in work, stop for 2 min and stretch your back with cat and cow and find release with twits. Then second hour get off your chair and do standing hip rotations, sit back to practise sitting pigeon on both sides. Third hour you neck might be calling is time for neck stretches and upper body release.
All of this could be spread in bits during the day or one session. No matter if you are working from home or go to actual office you will benefit from adding healthy movements. As a yoga teacher my body move a lot, however I have my moments too when I have to sit down and do admin, if it’s all day I applied exactly the same strategic, as once your body starts getting its daily dose of movement, will naturally ask for it.
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|Posted on 27 July, 2016 at 18:00||comments (0)|
Are you taking your yoga practise off the mat? Do you try to eat and finish that email or check what you had missed on FB? We all have been there, finding excuse in how busy we are. Alright let's put it this way -eating is essential part of our lives and well deserve this precious 20-30 min from our time. Putting aside phones, computers and books, where we could really indulge in every bite we are taking, chewing slowly and repeatedly only then we could actually taste the food. And the more we taste the food the more pleasure we feel. Take your yoga practise off the mat and start eating mindfully. No excuses any more.
|Posted on 28 December, 2015 at 0:55||comments (0)|
Message to my soul
I have lost you my soul,
in the clouds of my thoughts,
high in the sky of my mind
and deep in the pool of my heart.
I was flying to high and swimming too deep,
I was trying too hard and failing too soon,
I was running too fast having no breath.
And holding too much,I was shouting for break.
|Posted on 28 December, 2015 at 0:40||comments (0)|
Every time I step on the mat is a new journey.
Every time is a pure love between the breath and the body,
the mind and the soul,
moving together into the unknown,
Never expecting to happen,
but having it all.
And every time I leave different and more richer.
|Posted on 3 October, 2015 at 16:20||comments (0)|
Now days it's essential to dwell in some form of physical exercise. Is not that only keep us physically fit, make us feel better, reduces the stress levels, boost our immune systems, but also creates more time in long term aspect. You you are probably wondering how that happens.
Think about it, when you start to exercise regularly and make it routine, being Yoga, Pilates, Swimming, named it or mix of different disciplines, you will become more organised. In order to fit the workout in your daily schedule you need to carefully plan all other responsibilities and approximately how much time each one takes. Because some times is really about better planning. However, this is only one of the ways it saves you time.
The biggest impact is that your energy is increasing. By building a regular workout routine you are creating more vital energy, which stays with you through the day. Adding the improved focus, again result of exercising, your productivity is increasing. By increasing your productivity and having more vital energy, you will be able to perform better no matter what you are doing or working.
Well, you probably say, you are aware of that. And yet, how many times, we hear people say, I don't have enough time. Think twice, and maybe start with 30 minutes per week. And then increase it gradually, till you have regular practice at least 3 times per week. It's the most important investment you will do in your life.
|Posted on 3 October, 2015 at 16:15||comments (0)|
Once not a long time ago I was sitting in a bus looking around all the people in it. And I thought to my self if just for moment we stop looking and really try seeing the faces without the make up of the nationality,colour, age, social status, sex. To take all this layers off, like a curtains in front of your eyes, heavy and preprogrammed with information. When we pull the curtains back, we let the light to come naturally, then we could see nothing, but the same, where you are me, I am you and we are all one, we are all the same. And then there is no separation any more,there is no suffering from the Monkey chatter, but only pure love when you connect with the alike.
Even though it could be too abstract for some of you, if we all live a little bit more like this every day it will have such impact on our lives, improving our relationship in every area. And is scientifically proven that the quality of our relationships and communication with other people is one of the top areas influencing our lives. Practising non separation could be incorporate it a little bit over time. Starting with baby steps, the easiest way will be with your love ones, or the circle of people to you. Why not start now then?
|Posted on 8 June, 2015 at 4:50||comments (0)|
Today was just one of those days when there was a lot of going on and all was not less important than the other. The same thing refers to my daily yoga practice. Very rear I was to steal time from yoga practice to invest in something else. But today my time was squeeze even double than usual. So nothing new in the Big Smoke, at least I don’t have 2 kids and a husband (I bow down to this women). Then the Royal Court in my head (not the one in Chancery Lane) came to trial. I was for “forget about everything else and let’s do my yoga” but the other guys in my head were very good at defending the opposite. They were for: “I needed to cut down my practice and prepare the meal, as I was to be out of the house all day, so it was vital to have a healthy meal with me”. And of course they had right, it wasn’t very yogic to do my yoga and then eat a random food from I don’t know where. I nod disappointed in agreement, curled my tail under and went to prepare the meal.
And then hit me, an inspiration, a light in the dark tunnel of not doing yoga - I have 30 min but I will make the best practice of it. I finished with everything and I traveled to that very sacred place- the top of my yoga mat. I was staying in Tadasana, rooting down through my feet, and I was making that connection with Earth. I had place my hands in Namaste and honestly dedicated myself to the practice. And it was just magical, how I floated through the asanas, experiencing even the seconds. This made me think how important is to give our best not only in Yoga, but in all we are doing. Life nowadays is faster than space ship, and very often we are fighting with the Time. A useful weapon is to focused and give your best. After all in each moment we can’t do better than our best. Don’t we ?
|Posted on 26 March, 2015 at 5:20||comments (0)|
The Eight Limbs of Yoga
The Yamas – how we treat the world around us.
Ahimsa: Non Violence
Includes treating the environment, other living beings and of course ourselves with awareness ,respect and love. Ahimsa should be understand not only at physical level, but on mental as well. Most of us tempt to judge ourselves on a daily basis. Questions like why I did that or don’t or say or not say,etc., and blaming are arising in our minds. Moreover we are transferring this attitude to other people, which most of the times are our loved ones. It is not coincidence, that Ahimsa is the first from the Yamas. Before everything else, it is important to have good relationship with ourselves, based on love, compassion, patience and to spread that towards other people, especially our family, friends and partners.
|Posted on 4 March, 2015 at 17:15||comments (0)|
What is yoga for me? Sounds like a simple question, on which you think you can answer right away. However it seems the answer it's like the yoga it's self- a journey. Starting on the yoga mat, unknown, different and challenging, but somehow magical. And you are already in and can't wait for the next class to come. How you can possibly skip the way your body feels on its place, " like a good oiled machine". Calmness, joy and peace expanding within you.
Even the way you walk it feels different. And you become addicted to yoga. You want to share it with everyone. You bring your family and friends to class. Moreover your mind is shifting to higher and more positive degree, and you are shining and spreading it around you. Just like magic. And as the magic takes you, you want to go deeper into yoga. The deeper you go, you see you have still so much to learn and achieve. And somewhere on that point yoga transforms from a hobby and passion to your profession. You want to spread the word for yoga, you want to bring it to as many as possible people and transform their life's for better.
And the journey becomes even more interesting, challenging and magical. A new book of knowledge opens it pages for you. You breath it with each sell of your body. Every other book or philosophy come to its place, every truth one had discovered. You come to the very source of all religions. And that is yoga for me - the Mother of all truths.
Written by Nadezhda Bocheva