Incorporating Mudra in your yoga practice has many benefits. Mudras help bring you clarity, promote focus, rebalances and restores your energy.
Surya Mudra: The Seal of Fire. It is my personal favorite. This mudra specifically works with building tapas (building heat, digestive fire, willpower, and self-discipline) and boosts your body's inner strength quickly.
Who should practice this Mudra? - Those who lack discipline when completing projects.
- Those who have a cold, sore throat, or joint pain.
- People who are struggling with weight loss. - Persons who struggle with a loss of appetite. - People with high cholesterol.
- People who can’t seem to stay warm.
You can practice Surya Mudra in the morning& evening when the external heat has minimal effect on your body. To see a result from this Mudra practice for 45 mins a day. Or practice 3 times a day for 15 min sessions.
Mudras are the simplest form of exercise for your body and mind.
So far the month of September has been pretty hectic. I had my regular classes, privets and yoga teacher training. Yes, I was stressed.
When stress is triggered stress hormones are released in your body. The hormones trigger your fight or flight system. Fight or flight function is helpful when you are truly in a stressful situation (like if you in a life or death situation). When too many stress hormones are released all the time it can negatively affect how our whole system functions. Here are some ways stress affects your system.
1. Stress Affects Your Mood
We all know this. Stress = bad mood.
Stress can trigger everything from anxiety, inability to focus, sadness, irritability, and anger. When someone is stuck in stress it can make some mood disorders worse. Stress has a huge impact on our mood.
2. Stress Affects Your Digestion
When I am stressed out my body feels constricted, and tight. That constriction affects digestion. Stress affects how food moves in and out of our body and can result in constipation or diarrhea. Stress affects what type of food we consume and how much we consume. When we are stressed we will likely reach for convenience food-food that overly processed, overly salted, and full of oils and fat. This food can be hard on our digestive system. Notice if you feel more bloated, gassier or having issues in the bathroom this might be related to stress.
3. Stress Affects our energy levels
When you are stressed your liver produces extra glucose to give your system a boost. Again, this is helpful in really stressful situations that may be life or death. When you are stressed your body is constantly having to produce these hormones that send you on a roller coaster of energy.
4. Stress Produces Lack of Clarity
When we are stressed out and our mind is racing around we may feel frazzled and disorganized. This can lead to headaches. If someone already suffers from headaches, stress can make them worse. This makes it imposable to have clarity on situations.
5. Stress Affects our Sleep
Stress impacts our sleep. I hardly ever have issues sleeping but, when my day/week is thrown off so is my sleep. Stress impacts the quality and quantity of our sleep. Lack of sleep affects other areas of our life. We aren't as motivated to move our body, our metabolism slows down, our food cravings are different and so on.
What ways has stressed impacted your system?
Look out for my next blog post as I share ways to destress.
Impatiences represents the desire to act. When one is impatient they will go against the flow and always will be offbeat. Ask yourself when are you the most impatient? How do you feel offbeat? To have patience is to also have experienced impatience. Being impatience only makes us human. Patience is about connecting with the world around us. Patience is about allowing yourself to catch up to the world, not for the world to catch up to us. Patience has nothing to do with waiting. It has to do with pausing. Sometimes one must pause to understand the essence in play around them. We must slow down enough to see what is really happing around us. We should move at a pace that feels best for us not move at the beat of the outside world. We will then only fell more disconection. We are all at different stages of our life, practice, and career. By pausing and marching to the beat of our own drum we can transform impatience into patience. Practicing patience is a way of treating ourselves with kindness and it helps us accept things as they are.
How do you practice patience? What advice do you have?
It is natural to compare, judge our progress or success via social media. The comparisons that we make can make us feel insecure, depressed or jealous. We are comparing our self to perfectly crafted representations of people life. We don't see the skin that's under the makeup, the anxiety that comes with having a newborn or the bigger picture. People post what they want you to see. I going to share tips on how to find and boost your self-confidence in this digital world.
1. Examine Your Social Media
Scroll through your social media feed. Think about how you feel when you read or see each post. Do you feel inspierd? Do you feel motivated? Are you happy? If you don't feel those things its time to click unfollow. You should do this at least once a week.
2. Ask yourself, what do I love about myself?
When you find yourself scrolling and see the women with the "perfect body" or "perfect hair" stop and think about something that you love about yourself. For example, maybe you love your smile, butt, or skin. Turn those negative thought into positive thoughts.
3. Take a Digital Detox
We're are continually bombarded messages, notifications, and advertisements that are promoted to make us "better". But the thing is we are good enough.
I recommend taking the night off to put down your phone after 8 pm and just be with yourself. Read a book, do yoga, enjoy dinner, take a bath, and spend energy on something else.
4. Start a gratitude practice
Gratitude is something that needs to be practiced regularly. We need to stop thinking about what we don't have and start being thankful for what we do have.
Every day at 3:00 pm I have a gratitude alarm that goes off. When this alarm goes off I open up my notes on my phone to a section I call "Give Thanks". I type in three different things that I am thankful for that day. You can also keep a gratitude journal where your white what you are greatful for.
How do you boost your confidence in this digital world?
The whirlwind of emotions I felt this may is unbelievable! May was filled with highs and lows. Trying to stay grounded was a challenge. A challenge that I had to accept.
Staying grounded in the kayos was and is difficult sometimes. With this month for me staying grounded was a must. I had to make sure I was energetically grounded enough to maintain a good amount of strength and focus to handle my responsibilities and emotions.
My grounding practice includes of yoga asana, with an emphasis on asana observation. When I say asana observation, I mean literally observing every breath and part of my body in each posture without the focus of emotion just sensation. This helps note what areas of the body I am caring about my daily emotions/tension. I also focus on bringing as much attention to my to feet as possible by walking outside barefoot, getting a pedicure and massaging my feet.
These few grounding practices help me become more conscious, focused and stable when dealing with stressful or challenging situations. Also having a grounding practice helps us contain our emotions and helps us stay stable.
How do you stay grounded in the craziness?