Hatha yoga – this is how we start and finish the week! One of the benefits to sitting still in one place and not moving between cities and countries every 28 days is the ability to focus a little more on our health.
Over the last couple of months, David and I have made a conscious decision to be mindful of both our physical and emotional wellbeing (a change from the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants modus operandi of the last decade). Our Monday and Thursday morning Hatha yoga sessions (and more recently Saturday Nia as well) have been a great way to ensure that we are both grounded and present and been a great lesson in how movement is a simple key to a healthier lifestyle
In the 11 weeks we have been practicing twice weekly Hatha yoga with Tingting (who is always so patient and kind with us) I have noticed the following:
- My chronic shoulder and lower back pain (that I’ve had for years in one form or another) has virtually disappeared. Hatha has made me very aware of my posture and in particular my shoulders when I work.
- I have lost 4cm around my waist
- For the first time in my life I am getting an average of 5-6 hours sleep a night (I come from a long line of chronic insomniacs) and the sleep that I am getting is deep restorative sleep where I wake up in the morning almost ready to tackle anything the world throws at me
- Breathing is important (and not just for the obvious reason). Breathing consciously assists us in connecting with the subtle energy within. It is through the breath that we are able to navigate different levels of consciousness. Moreover, breathing consciously has a biological effect on our mental, emotional, and physical state. Connecting with your breath is a method for being present. When you concentrate on each aspect of the breathing process, you are present; you let go of the past and future and are focused on the moment inside the breath. This is why breathing consciously is its own meditation.
While my practice might be new and my asana’s sometimes a little clumsy, I am committed to my health (both mentally and physically) and looking forward to see where this journey takes David and I.