Updated: Mar 11
How to find balance in your life one step at a time
So I did a thing! I booked myself a 2 night stay at a nice hotel and ditched my husband and kids! I've already gone for a massage and I've just been relaxing and enjoying my solitude while here. It's been heavenly for me as I've needed this solo trip for a while.
Now don't get me wrong, I love my husband and kids and I live for those people. It's true. They're the reason I want to get up every day and make an impact on the world!
But when you're relied on by others all day every day, it can become draining. My own energy levels suffer because of the huge mental and emotional load required to manage all of the responsibilities.
...and it doesn't help that my hubby is a pilot and leaves quite often for work. He's a great partner when he's home and we are a great team managing that balance, but when he leaves it's all on me. Everything! I really don't mind, although sometimes I wish I had more balance in my life so things could be more structured. Our month is structured around his very random flying schedule and it's different every month so we're always adapting routines.
Balance in life is something everyone is striving to create in some way. We all want to find ways to balance work, family, friendships, hobbies, responsibilities, physical activity, diet and nutrition... I could keep going. It's a lot to balance!
So how can you find ways to create balance every day?
💖 Journaling, Blogging or even voice texts to close friends help you to be aware of your inner thoughts which will help direct where you require some balancing
💖 Take some space if you're overwhelmed just like I did! I recognized that I needed time alone to recharge and you can do that too!
💖 Keep that yoga mat rolled out! I take regular yoga breaks throughout the day when my energy is stagnant or low for 5 minutes for a quick physiology shift. Try it out for some boosted energy and inspiration or join me for BASASS YOGA!
💖 Write to-do lists! We can feel out of balance when we're unorganized. Create a to-do list for the week and a to do list for each day. It'll boost your productivity and allow you to feel prepared for your week ahead.
💖 Book a hotel room for 2 nights, take yourself out to dinner, get a massage, paint your nails, read, blog, enjoy wine and talk to friends on the phone, use the hotel gym and go for a run, enjoy solitude... HAHA ok this is just what I did. You don't need to go this extreme unless you are suffocating (like I was).
The point I'm making with everything here is that you'll need to tune in to your inner wisdom regularly so you're aware of what's out of balance. As long as you're checking in regularly, you'll know exactly what you need to do in order to create more balance in your life.
AWARENESS BABY! Yoga teaches us that. 💖
You know what really brings in awareness? BADASS YOGA. I feel so much more grounded and stable since becoming a yogi and I'm happy to share with you how to create a strong and stable body with yoga as the tool.
Being strong is pretty awesome, especially when your awareness game is strong too. I love feeling everything working and being curious about what is happening in my body as I move through the asana practice. I want you to be curious about that too!
Do some BADASS YOGA with me this week and create a strong and stable body! We'll spend 15 minutes working on creating a solid base in our Warrior poses!
This week's class sequence is listed at the end of this blog post!
Warrior II is one of the most common standing yoga poses and a great place to build a strong foundation.
Practice with me to the BADASS YOGA: STABILITY FLOW either Live this Thursday or on demand in the FREE VIDEO LIBRARY after the class airs live.
BADASS YOGA is live every Thursday at 8pm ET on Zoom for 15 minutes!
ASANA LAB: WARRIOR II
Strengthens and stretches the hips
Strengthens the shoulders
Increases confidence and power
Hip injuries and weak hips (don't take feet as far apart)
Getting Into the Pose:
From Warrior I, keep your right knee bent over your right ankle and turn your upper body to the side. From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot between your hands and pivot your back heel to your mat in line with the edge of your mat. Rise up into Warrior II leading with your left hand.
Open your arms out like a “T” keeping them level with your shoulders. Palms face the floor. Drop your shoulders. Look forward, over your right middle finger
Press the inner and outer edges of both feet firmly down into your mat and squeeze them slightly towards each other, to strengthen your hips and stabilize your lower body.
Lift your lower belly slightly in towards your spine and up towards your heart to activate core support
Alternatives & Options:
The distance between both feet is a factor when choosing how deep to go into the pose. Widen your stance to make it more challenging or shorten your stance for a gentler variation.
Hands can be at your heart centre to lessen the load on your shoulders
Don't look forward of it's uncomfortable on the neck
Point fingers upwards with the wrists bent for a wrist stretch
Coming Out of the Pose:
You can transition to many poses after Warrior II such as Peaceful Warrior or Humble Warrior
Move with intention
Arms & shoulders
Recommended Hold Times:
Other Names for this Pose:
Warrior 2 Pose
BADASS YOGA: STABILITY FLOW
Practice this sequence with me LIVE on Thursday March 10th at 8pm ET
Supine Twist - other side
Reclined Table - Knees to thighs
Ab Twist - hold right
Ab Twist - hold left
Reclined Heel Taps
Warrior II - bend and straighten front leg
Crescent Lunge - knee taps
Standing Splits - bend and straighten
Low Lunge - twist - bind
Lizard - open hip
Check out my FREE VIDEO LIBRARY for more BADASS YOGA classes!
BADASS YOGA is live every Thursday at 8pm ET on Zoom and uploaded to my website video library afterward!