Give Yourself Room to Grow
Mindfulness is a word that’s thrown around a lot these days; however, incorporating it into your busy life is often easier said than done. But being more present and mindful in our day to day can go a long way in decreasing impulsive decisions and helping us make better choices that align with our goals.
Mindfulness is a skill — the more you practice it, the easier it gets! To celebrate the arrival of spring, try using these nature-inspired yoga poses to take a moment out of your day to nourish your body, mind, and soul with an easy mindfulness and meditation practice.
Hold each pose for at least 60 seconds. Close your eyes, quiet your mind, and focus on your breath.
Sit down on the floor with your legs in front of you. Bend your right knee and place your foot on top of your left thigh. This is a half lotus pose. (Stop here if this is enough and repeat on the other side.) For a full lotus, place your left foot on top of your right thigh. Lengthen your spine and neck. Rest your hands on your knees with your palms up for energy, or palms down to feel more grounded.
Lay on your back with your knees bent, and the soles of your feet on the floor. Bring soles of your feet together to touch and slowly let your knees fall out to the side. Hands can be placed by your side, on your stomach, or with one hand on your stomach and one on your heart.
Stand up straight and ground yourself with a strong foundation. Lift one foot (use your hand to help, if needed) and place the sole on the inside of the opposite shin. Place your hands in prayer position in front of your heart. Once steady, raise your arms in prayer position overhead. If this position feels balanced, you can raise your foot and place it on the inside of your thigh (do not rest foot on your knee). Repeat on the other side.