I’ve had to work a little bit harder on being serene lately. While I enjoy fall, I’m also very aware that it leads right into winter, and the dwindling sunlight and cooler temps have left me feeling out of sorts. I think there is a balance to be had in that I want to be compassionate for myself – winter just isn’t my season, and I’m not going to be at my best – while also reminding myself to control what I can and still be the best (diminished) version of myself possible.
So far, I’ve been pushing myself to jog on sunny, mild days, and I am also recognizing that this is a perfect time to commit to a consistent yoga practice. While I concede that going to a yoga studio is great for hands-on adjustments and original sequencing, I am also very content with my DVD library at home as well as some online resources. Staying in my pajamas and the fact that my husband is actually willing to do yoga with me are two big bonuses to the at-home option! My favorite resource that I wanted to share today is doyogawithme.com; I’m simply amazed at the generosity of the diversity of sessions provided absolutely free. While I haven’t done them all by any means (and have stayed safely in the “beginner” category thus far), I specifically wanted to share my current favorite, which is “bend and stretch” with Melissa. Keep in mind that I personally really like yoga for meditation and flexibility purposes so this isn’t going to feel like a great cardiovascular workout per se, but it is a really delicious series of stretches that particularly focuses on the side body.
I just know I feel better, emotionally and physically, after doing it. I’ll keep writing as I strive to discern and implement positive coping skills that AREN’T pasta and hot chocolate to get through the winter season.