Balance. That mythical word we all strive to find and to feel. Most of us strive to achieve everything in balance; we aim to create enough time and energy to truly enjoy our families, we aim to give our best in our careers, our social life, rest and play. Things aren’t always that easy; especially in a time when we are so heavily connected to our phones and technology; but there are steps we can take to help create more balance so that we can feel more joy and happiness throughout our day without feeling overwhelmed and depleted.
Aside from nourishing your body with nutrient-dense food, hydration and whole food supplements, Yoga is my #1 choice for working towards better balance in life. Yoga literally translated means “union” (of body, mind, spirit, breath) and it helps to bring harmony and balance to all aspects of who we are.
I personally find yoga to be the most humbling form of movement. If for one moment your mind wanders off to your grocery list or to-do list you will fall out of the pose and your awareness will be required to jump back on your mat right alongside you. In yoga your entire body is present in each asana and when choosing a vinyasa-style practice or “flow” you will be guided through seamless transitions moving your body from one pose to the next, linking your breath and your body for an incredibly grounding experience.
After a yoga class, you shouldn’t feel overly tired, exhausted OR super rejuvenated, you should feel a little of each; calm, alive, inspired…in other words ~ balanced.
Over time and through regular practice, you can tell what works for you and how you can adjust your practice to create balance, both within yoga and in life.
Yoga is not about balancing our practice, but about finding a practice that balances us ~
Jenn Pike, is a Yoga Educator, Holistic Nutrition and Lifestyle Expert and Bestselling author of “The Simplicity Project~ A Simple, No-Nonsense Approach To Losing Weight & Changing Your Body Forever”!