Find your balance.

Yoga helps us to become more balanced in all areas of our lives.  It teaches us to push ourselves and to know when to pull back and surrender to the pose or to life.  Finding that balance between strength and ease, and knowing when to push yourself and when to pull back in yoga practice, and in life, is very important.  Yoga teaches us to listen to our bodies and to the wisdom of our intuition. 

We can’t control everything that happens in our lives, but we can control our reactions.  Balance your emotions by realizing it’s alright to feel sad or angry, and then remind yourself that you can bring yourself to a better feeling place when you’re ready.  Balance your energy by spending time with others as well as taking time for yourself. 

Living well is not about striving for perfection.  Being happy does not mean being perfect.  We can accept ourselves as we are and, at the same time, aspire to become even more.  Appreciate your body wherever it is right now, and make choices that support your idea of health.  You can’t live happily on an all or nothing mentality.  Don’t deprive yourself of treats you love, but also don’t overindulge on unhealthy food.  Allow yourself a cheat day or two, but eat healthy the rest of the week.  Limit your alcohol intake, and drink more water and green tea -which supports metabolism.  Find healthier versions of your favorite snacks and desserts.  Eat when you are hungry.  Listen to your body and trust it to tell you what it needs.

Make exercise enjoyable by seeing it as taking care of yourself rather than punishing yourself.  For me, yoga is a wonderful form of exercise because it strengthens and tones my muscles and also makes me feel good.  I love the feeling it gives me while I am doing it and after I’m done.  I also love to walk.  Find a form of fitness that feels good and that you enjoy so that you look forward to it.  View it as time for caring for your physical and mental well-being.  Exercise is necessary for leading a more balanced, happy life because it helps you sleep better, boosts mood, improves digestion, tones your muscles, and releases stress by calming your nervous system.

Schedule exercise into your calendar as a priority.  Carve out time for it and stick to it.  Consistency is key for a balanced lifestyle.  Remember moderation.  You don’t have to spend hours working out if you’re exhausted.  Even just 15-20 min can really boost your mood and give your muscles the work they need to stay toned and flexible.  A brisk walk or run combined with some yoga or strength training and a healthy diet can give great results when done on a regular basis.  

Most importantly, forgive yourself.  The worst thing you can do is continue to beat yourself up for overindulging or missing a workout.  Let it go.  It’s in the past.  Line up with your choice, enjoy it for what it was, and move on.  It isn’t the end of the world.  You can always do better tomorrow, and as long as your intention is to find balance, you will find it.  One day at a time.

Affirmations for creating balance:
“I am living a balanced and joyful life.”
“I am becoming more balanced in all areas of my life.”
“I am balancing my time and energy, and I have plenty of time for everything that I want to do and experience.”
“I am allowing all of the details of my life to come into perfect balance and harmony."

Lots of love,
Sydney