Fundamentals & Dedication

Fundamentals: Core, Breathe, Balance, Practice
Fundamentals: Core, Breathe, Balance, Practice

The #mindbodyyogachallenge is picking up steam!

Day 2 was all about Fundamentals. Bringing it back to the basics, the simplicities of not only yoga or fitness, but life in general. Taking a walk in the sunshine. Playing with your dogs in the backyard. Blaring Christmas music while you make dinner. Breathing.

The affirmation I paired with it: I have all I need within me to be great!

We often search outside for what we need…a job, a pat on the back from the boss, a boyfriend or girlfriend telling us what we’re capable of. Why do we do this!? Seriously, the fundamentals lie within us.

Core. Breathe. Balance. Practice.

These may seem like they’re only relating to Yoga, but think about it. You need a strong core in life, so that when you are in a situation that doesn’t work for you or an instance where people are telling you you can’t….you tighten your core and know what to do. Go with your gut!

Breathe is essential in all aspects, yet we forget to give it attention. It can help calm us, steady us, center us. Going back to your breathe can save you.

Balance is a tricky one, because too far over to one side (work, home, friends, family) and you can fall. Finding balance between good and bad, self and self-less, nurture and indulge. It’s hard, and it takes time and practice….everything you want to be better in your life takes work & practice.

I asked people to go back to the fundamentals with 4 Sun Salutation B in a row. Starting with a basic pose and building on almost guarantees success. There are no shortcuts to greatness.

Today’s theme: Dedication

This separates the good from the spectacular. We can all give our all for awhile, partaking in the above and beyond here and there. But bringing that ferocity, passion, dedication to all aspects of your life? To your health and wellness? Fad diets, all-the-rage routines are cool for a bit, hell I’ve totally hopped on those trains (and honestly, don’t think there’s anything wrong with variety). But is what you’re doing sustainable? Will you be able to lift 200 lbs of weights over your head for months and years and decades? Can your body afford to go on a cleanse diet several times a month? Are you dedicated to your well-being? What are you doing about it?

The Affirmation: I will dedicate time to my wellness each day, both my physical & mental, to become the best version of myself.

You get one run at this life. You get one place to live: your body. Your mind follows you everywhere. Dedicate time to your body & mind. Try 10 minutes of yoga today – even if it’s basic. Need to know where to start or have questions? Feel free to ask!

Happy Dedicating!

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