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Q.With the busy season over, how can I recover and find mindfulness once again?
A. The holiday season can be a stressful time of year and often our workouts and internal connectivity suffer as a result. January presents a fresh start and an opportunity to reflect inwards with holiday busyness having wrapped up. Recovering mindfulness need not be an overarching task, just a few simple mindful-based practices will help you reconnect to the present and improve overall well-being:
- Breathe. As simple a function as it is, breathing regulates all the systems of the body and is a stress reducer for the nervous system. Practicing mindful breathing can create more inner awareness both physically and mentally.
- Be present. Actively listen to what others have to say refraining from thinking about what you want to say next.
- Eat mindfully. Whole, unprocessed clean foods will leave you feeling properly nourished, revitalized and invigorated. Take the time to sit down to a meal free of distraction from computers, television etc. to truly savour your food. Putting your fork down between bites will encourage you to chew everything completely and also help to pace how quickly you consume your food.
To employ mindfulness physically, ZEN•GA™ is a great place to begin again. ZEN•GA is a synergistic blend of mind-body modalities that focuses on being more conscious with our breath and our movements and attaining a state of presence.
There are mat and equipment based ZEN•GA classes which draw attention to connectivity through the whole body and teach you how to create an appropriate relationship with the environment you are in, whether that’s on the mat or on the Reformer.