Over The last month or so I have been going to a new Yoga class. I am enjoying it so much. I used to go to Yoga but since having had Noah I havn’t managed to fit it in. Now I am back doing it regularly I can’t believe I went so long without it in my life. My body and mind feel so much better for it.
One of my favourite exercises is really simple and it is something I have been doing in the evenings after my dinner. It combines really well with mindfulness. The yoga teacher, Anna, always tells us how good this exercise is for our digestive system.
Try this easy exercise and see if it makes you feel better. ..
Sit up straight, on the floor, with your legs crossed in front of you. (Easy if you are 3!)
Imagine you have a golden threat pulling the crown of your head upwards – you’ll get a couple of inches taller!
Place your left hand on your right thigh, just above your knee.
Twist your torso round to the right and look over your right shoulder.
Place your right hand on the floor behind you and stay nice and upright.
Then focus on your breath.
Feel your tummy fill with air as you breath in and feel is flatten completely as you breath out.
Repeat for a short while and then return to facing forwards and stretch your hands up to the sky and look up at them.
Then repeat on the left.
Apparently this exercise massages your ascending and descending colon, it certainly feels good while you are doing it and I feel nicely stretched out afterwards.
I enjoy really taking my time with this exercise and noticing all of the sensations in my body. Our minds and bodies are so closely linked. If your body feels relaxed then your mind follows suit. The true is obviously the same. If you are stressed out mentally your body will reflect this with tightness and aches and pains. So if you find yourself with a hectic mind then taking some time to focus on how your body is feeling could be just what you need to allow your mind to settle too.
Come on a Revitalise Day to see how more simple exercises could get your mind and body working even better, the digestive system is just one area that benefits hugely from a calmer mind and body.