Today’s blog is all about self-care! What is self-care? It’s a phrase that wasn’t even in my vocabulary a decade ago! I really became more fully aware about it 5 years ago. So, what is it exactly?
Self-care is filling your cup first. It is filling your cup so that you can be your best self, whether that’s in your job, relationships, family, or even in your relationship with yourself!
Self-care is self-love. It is nourishing and loving yourself deeply, so that you live from a place of deep inner peace, love, and joy that just radiates out from your being.
Self-care is this idea of putting the oxygen mask on yourself first before your children in case of an emergency on an airplane. It is the idea that we can only give from an overflowing cup.
So, we have all been there, right? Working the long hours, pounding ourselves in the ground to get all of our to-do’s done, and at the end of the day just feeling completely and utterly drained. So drained that we are even still tired when we wake up again the next morning. And yet, the world still need us. We need to get up and keep on moving to fulfill our responsibilities to our family, job, friends, and community. Living in this way can lead to anxiety, insomnia, and depression.
I’ve been there! I have worked those 80-hour work weeks. I have experienced extreme heartbreak, of having to find a way to pick up all the pieces and put them back together again. This is how I discovered the value in making self-care a priority. Because here it is folks – Self-care is not selfish; actually self-care is self-less.
I know that if I take pieces and moments of time throughout my day to nourish myself, to say kind words to myself, to take a bath, go for a run, or to just nourish my body by eating fresh fruits and vegetables, then I am best able to serve in all of the other aspects of my life. I have noticed in my own life that when I make self-care priority, when I take time to do those little actions each day, then everything else just falls into place. It is absolutely amazing!
But, don’t just take my word for it! You have to experience it yourself to believe it, and that’s why the core mission of Shakti Vidya Yoga is to make self-care simple and accessible to you. I truly believe that self-care does not need to be a challenge or just something else on our to-do list. Rather, self-care can be fun, make you feel good, and be simple.
That is why we are creating an amazing new lineup of offerings to make self-care simple for you coming this August! We are bringing in brand new teachers, classes, and a new schedule of live yoga classes to fit your busy lifestyle! We take the commute out of the equation by bringing live classes to your computer, smartphone, or tablet. We are releasing a brand new Ayurveda online course called “Holistic Self-Care for the Modern Age.” In this course, I will take you on a deep dive into the core foundational concepts of Ayurveda to help you develop your own at-home self-care routine. Stay tuned as we release more information about these amazing offerings in the next few weeks…