Charlotte Dodson’s Top 10 Yoga Tips for Summer
Bloch Studio Ambassador Charlotte Dodson shares her Top Ten Yoga Tips to kick-start our well-being for Summer.
There’s no way around it: we can only ‘be’ what we eat – and what exercises we do! Everything that is outlined below pertains to being conscious and aware of our daily ‘health-full’ habits, and working towards ’embodying’ our vision of optimal wellness.
TIP 1: Positive Intention
Start your day with a positive ‘Well-Being this Summer’ mind movie – affirmations and images of your perfect life. Refer back to it whenever you need an inspirational reminder. It’s amazing how this simple activity can manifest itself in your everyday reality – you’ll naturally follow your intention if you give it enough time and regular reinforcement to take root!
TIP 2: Breathe!
The most effective way to oxygenate your blood, boost your metabolism, and launch yourself into the day ahead, is to breathe deeply (1-2-3-4-5 counts, on both inhale and exhale).
TIP 3: Check In and Work to Your Fitness Limit (Not Beyond)
With physical exercise – and life in general – it’s vital that you work within your capabilities; always examine how you’re feeling at that moment in time. Remember to always believe in yourself and stay strong, especially when times are challenging.
TIP 4: Keep Moving
Energy gives you energy! Commit yourself to daily movements: attending a fitness or yoga class, walking your dog around the park … any activity that gets you ‘into your body’ will keep you light and energised.
TIP 5: Stay Hydrated and Rehydrate
My personal favourite way of staying hydrated is drinking coconut water. Sometimes your body’s signals for being thirsty can be mistaken as hunger for food! Ensure that you’re fully hydrated from morning till night so you can achieve that spring glow.
TIP 6: Get Plenty of Sleep
There’s a reason it’s called ‘beauty sleep’ – ensuring adequate nightly levels of deep sleep is one of the key essentials to maintaining a youthful-looking, healthy, glowing skin.
TIP 7: Everything in Moderation is the Key
No matter what may trigger your negative emotional ‘buttons’, try not to binge, either with food or drink, while also remembering to treat yourself now and again.
TIP 8: Choose Wisely
When it comes to meal options, always go for fresh organic light meals, salads and raw/steamed veggies – it’ll keep your figure shaped-up and ready for summer.
TIP 9: Time Out
Always give yourself some ‘me’ time. In this fast-paced, distracting, chaotic urban world around us, this is an easy habit to forget. Whether you dip into the ocean or paint a picture, anything that relaxes your nervous system and brings a stillness to your soul is a form of yoga – “to find a place of peacefulness”.
TIP 10: Rest Up
Sometimes our biggest challenge can be to stop everything, absorbing the Moment you find yourself immersed within; lay in ‘savasana’, allowing all of your organs to breathe and your limbs to completely relax – it’s an effective ‘powernap’ that you can do at anytime!
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