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Is it the weather or is it just cold in here? Negative temperatures and negative vibes can make anyone feel closed off. Instead of retreating inward, try battling off the winter blues by living with open arms.
Just six simple steps will have you on your way to a happy, cozy winter!
Whether it’s real or fake, it’s always free! Flash those pearly whites to reduce stress and improve your mood. With just a smile, you hold the power to reinforce or transform your emotions. The oxygen it sends to your brain releases a good chunk of dopamine and is more contagious than the flu. Spread it around!
The more you give, the more you receive; from donating old clothes to donating some spare time – any effort counts! In return you could make a new friend, learn a skill, have fun and make an impact!
Amplify your positivity with just a few words. By focusing on the good qualities of the world around us, more opportunities arise to give. A compliment is a powerful gift that can bring light to any situation. It’s easy to do; the only requirement is to be genuine. Now get out there and brighten someone’s day!
A sign of self-love and strength. Do this for yourself, so you can be at peace, be happy, and be able to sleep. Letting go of the past will allow you to focus on where your energy lies in the present. Mind and body will thank you!
Let go of self-preoccupation and make a conscious decision to do something for others. It doesn’t take much to make someone feel like they’re everything; sending a postcard or writing a letter could be just the trick!
Prescribed to enhance every aspect of life, with no negative side effects. Meditate to open your heart; to find empathy that will translate into actionable steps towards the path of happiness. Try practicing the heart meditation mantra, “Sat Kar Tar”, to live with open arms. Awake the love and compassion you hold for the world by making this a morning ritual!
Get out of hibernation with these winter blues-be-gone steps! Follow them to create a barrier for stress, anxiety and negativity. This will then only leave space for positivity and happiness! Spring is right around the corner, waiting with open arms. Until then, go outside and enjoy the snow!
Need a little boost of self-confidence ? The solar plexus chakra, also known as Manipura, is the body’s center of strength, both physically and emotionally. Located above the belly button and under the ribs, when this energy center is open and healthy it is responsible for balanced self-esteem, willpower, and a strong sense of self.
Lucky for us, there are specific foods, affirmations, crystals, yoga poses, and essential oils that are said to give your Manipura chakra some extra va-voom when you need it.
Try these simple implementations to benefit your core chakra so you can ignite the warmth within you.
✨ Solar Plexus chakra-boosting foods:
Adding warm-colored foods like these to your diet can help ignite your core chakra… warming you up on the inside so that you can shine on the outside!
yellow and orange peppers
✨ Solar Plexus chakra-boosting affirmations:
Daily affirmations can help boost self confidence, so try these each day to remind yourself just how awesome you are:
I am authentic
I am focused
I am strong
I am empowered
I am full of personal power
✨Solar Plexus chakra-boosting crystals:
Solar plexus healing stones include yellow stones like citrine, amber, yellow tourmaline and tiger’s eye. Place any of these stones on the belly in a laying down (supine) position. Take deep, meditative breaths for at least five minutes, visualizing a yellow light glowing and protecting you at the belly area.
✨Solar Plexus chakra-boosting yoga flow:
Fire it up! After some deep stretching, try a few repetitions of Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar). Once you begin to feel your body’s heat rising, consider incorporating different variations of plank pose (Kumbhakasana) and side plank (Vasisthasana) to really build the fire.
Check out a short sequence for confidence from yoga journal here.
✨Solar Plexus chakra-boosting essential oils:
The core chakra needs SPICE! Let YOUR inner-spice shine by adding any of these to your bath or shower or in a diffuser.* please use caution when using and ingesting essential oils.
Celebrate the full moon NEW YEARS EVE...DECEMBER 31ST! Come enjoy an uplifting and inspiring evening at the Phoenix Room! Sarah will guide you through a core igniting yoga and meditation followed by music, Henna art by Ebb and flow henna...treats from The Juicery!
There is something freeing about traveling alone. Yes, there is sometimes fear and missing my cat (and my husband) and of course it is important to always be safe, but if you have never traveled by yourself... DO IT. As a retreat leader and now world traveler, I make time to explore a little bit on my own after my retreats. Sometimes, yes, I want to turn to someone and share the moment with them. But mostly, I LOVE to experience it alone. New air, new people, new scents, and only having a map in a new place is true Yoga... living in the moment.
Consider traveling somewhere new by yourself. This could be as simple as Taking a hike at a new park you have not yet explored, or it could be booking that trip that you have been wanting to take for years. If you are thinking about it but apprehensive... don't worry.
Here are some questions that are common before solo travel...
Will I get lonely? No. You meet so many people, especially locals, when traveling. People you would not meet when traveling in a group. For the most part, people are very friendly if you are friendly to them. Talk to people. Make friends.
Will I be safe? Yes. Ask questions, and be smart. Just like you would at home, understand your surroundings. Do research. Learn about the safe places to travel alone. Try Lonely Planet or trip advisor, and pay the extra money to stay in a safe place. It is worth it! even if it is just for the piece of mind.
What if I do something wrong to offend someone while traveling? (say something wrong, wear clothing that is not appropriate or accepted) Research the culture and the area you are visiting thoroughly before you go. What are the cultural traditions, what is the dress? Remember, if you make a mistake, or try to ask where the bathroom is and accidentally ask for salt…. It has happened before...really.
Will things be different when I return? There is sometimes a culture shock after coming home from a trip, but it is more about adapting to change. When you leave your comfort zone, your routine, you are afraid it may not be there when you get back. Chances are, it will be right where you left it. From there, It is up to you to keep the mindset you had when traveling… free spirited and open to positivity. Making friends, smiling at your neighbors. And you will have a whole new respect for tourists :)
Wondering where to go for your first trip alone? Come along for one of my FIVE retreats this year to cleanse and free the spirit. http://www.saraholesonyoga.com/retreats/