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26 Ways to Bring More Balance Into Your Life
On September 10, 2012 in
Here is a start, my own list of 26 ways to find balance. May it bring to you some much-needed peace, calm, ease, and journeying inward that the coming seasons so beautifully and patiently invite.
1. Be comfortable saying
No thank you
I can’t, Next time
I'm there in spirit
I’ve committed to something else, So honored to be invited,
Thanks for thinking of me.
Prioritize, prioritize, and then once you think you got it, prioritize again.
3. Get acquainted and comfortable with setting boundaries.
This can be scary at first, trust me, I know, but people will thank you for the courage you found to do so and then feel inspired to do the same with their own life.
Accept moments of imbalance as some of your best teachers.
Don’t resist them. Welcome them. And as soon as you can, move out them.
Make time to do things you LOVE to do.
6. Do something creative
– paint, draw, take photos, write a poem, journal, collage, make a vision board, sew, knit, etc.
7. Practice yoga.
8. Meditate daily.
9. Practice Ujjayi, Brahmari, or Alternate Nostril Breathing.
Work on opening your throat chakra, the passageway between your heart & your mind and your mind & your heart.
With this space open, you can more freely and more honestly say what you need, believe, think, feel, deserve, and desire – all of which being able to do will allow you to feel more balanced and FREE.
11. Get upside down (handstand, headstand, forearm stance, L-Pose at the wall); it helps shift your perspective.
– cycle, run, swim, lift weights, get to a class, lift, burn, and tone in a way that makes you excited!
14. Remember to always give yourself a much-needed and much deserved break from always eating well.
Enjoy that which makes your heart sing. For me, it’s FRO YO or anything sweet and at its’ finest, homemade. But whatever wets the palette, enjoy it! Life is too short to restrict ourselves from savoring its most decadent pleasures.
15. Get outside at least once a day.
16. Learn the ancient art of WALKING.
“Walking is a form of exercise accessible to just about everybody. It’s safe, simple and doesn’t require practice. And the health benefits are many.”
17. Limit the amount of time you spend on facebook, twitter, youtube, etc.
(Working on this but I know this one is HUGE!)
18. Read before going to bed instead of watching the boober (TV), surfing the internet, or checking your iphone.
19. Spend time with people you LOVE and who fill YOUR cup.
20. Limit the time you spend with people who only take and drain your cup.
21. When it’s really needed, call upon a MUCH needed honest mirror – a good friend, mom, dad, sister, counselor, life coach, beloved
– someone who is willing to tell you maybe what you NEED to hear not what you WANT to hear.
22. Be courageous and ASK for help when it’s needed.
No one can always do it alone. Often we get to balance easier and quicker with the help of a friend, coworker, or loved one than always striving to make it on our own.
23. Meditate daily.
Oops, did I already say this one? Well, if I did, it deserves to be on here twice. It’s that important. The real number 23. As often and as best you can, with whole-hearted effort, try NOT to bring work home. Be present and available for your Self, your beloved, your children, your roommates, with whomever it is you share space. They deserve ALL of you, not just part of you!
24. Do something unexpected, out of the ordinary, and a touch crazy
– FOR YOU. Go out dancing, put on your favorite music LOUD and dance in the comforts and confines of your own home, hoola-hoop, check out a live show, skydive, take an unplanned road trip, buy a cheap ticket and just go, let down your hair, wear leather pants, spend a little too much (just for a night), get yourself that outfit you’ve been eyeing for days/weeks/months on end, call her/him because you’ve been wanting to, balance your daily black with some color – DO something that reminds you balance 1) isn’t you seeking perfection or 2) isn’t your life being lived as a routine or 3) doesn’t mean that you can’t be both balanced and spontaneous, wild, and carefree!
25. Practice gratitude daily.
Start a grateful journal, write more letters to let people know what they mean for you and your life (and actually send them), watch
Louie Schwartzberg’s video on gratitude
whenever you are in need of remembering, look around and recognize all that you already have and stop ruminating on what you think you need. Remember, “You think this is jut another day in your life. It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you. Today, it’s given to you, it’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now and the only appropriate response is gratefulness and gratitude.”
– show love, give love, receive love, feel love, experience love, revel in love, be grateful for love, be courageous in love, show up for love – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.
By Alex Cordoba
Alex Cordoba began practicing yoga in 2001 and from that very first class she fell in love. It was when on the mat that Alex felt truly at home. Like a voice is to a singer or a paintbrush to an artist, yoga became just that for Alex’s life…it was her muse through which to share her passion to the world. In Alex’s classes she weaves together yoga philosophy, asana, pranayama, laughter, messages to inspire and uplift so that she can offer a unique and creative journey to her students every time they come to the mat. She encourages her students to practice compassion and patience towards others and themselves, to invite breath in, to find laughter, humility, and grace on the mat, and to be open to the possibilities and the adventures that arise when one dances with uncertainty. Read more about Alex at
Classes from Alex Cordoba coming soon to YogaDownload!
Start practicing today with these yoga & meditation classes:
Pause and Reflect
– Dawnelle Arthur
Gentle Hatha #4
– Jackie Casal Mahrou
Grounding and Centering Your Personal Field
– Nancy Nielsen
16 Little Ways to Celebrate Life Everyday
Life is here to be celebrated. It’s full of both small and big joyful moments, which should be appreciated and acknowledged. Celebrating life, in however small a way, can help us have a more positive outlook, feel happier and feel healthier. It’s really important to take time each day to celebrate life in all its intricacies, especially when life is busy with work and responsibilities. Here’s 20 little ways to celebrate life every day. 1. Start the day by giving thanks When you wake up each morning, try to take a couple of minutes to celebrate your life. Perhaps when you have your morning coffee or tea, just take a moment to thank the universe for the day ahead of you. Starting your day with a sense of gratitude can open your mind up in a positive way. 2. Acknowledge the small achievements
6 Easy Life Hacks to Fit Yoga into Your Busy Schedule
Life is pretty busy, and although we might love the idea of slowing down, taking some time for ourselves, and reaping the benefits yoga practice promises, sometimes in practice, it can be hard to simply just find the time. Yoga urges you to slow down, but sometimes, work, housework, responsibility and family duties don’t give you an opportunity for some time off to roll out your mat. If you’re finding it hard to juggle a busy schedule, you might have brushed off yoga as something you just don’t have time for, and start denying yourself those minutes in the day that are just for you. Taking time for yourself is important, and yoga can massively benefit both your physical and mental health - so don’t be so quick to write it off as something not important. Even the busiest of people can benefit from all yoga has to offer - here’s some tips on how to fit yoga into your busy schedule. Keep Your Yoga Mat in Eyesight
Common Causes of Bad Posture (& Easy Ways to Fix Them)
We all know that a good posture gives us a taller and more elegant look, but standing straight can also do wonders for your health. Did you know your posture affects your digestion, breathing and how well we move? That’s not to mention the ways it can boost your confidence. However many of us lack a good posture. It can be easy to slip into bad posture habits, through weakness, pain, and routine. There’s many ways you can be adding to bad posture without knowing it. Here’s some of the common causes of bad posture, as well as some tips to counter them. 1. Slouching While you may be comfortable slouching in a chair, over time this can strain your muscles and lead to bad posture. This can also increase tension and cause pain. Try to get in the habit of not slouching and sitting up correctly. Sitting on the edge of your chair will help to fix this, as it will cause your core muscles to activate, keeping you straight. While this might be uncomfy at first, this is because your muscles need to be conditioned to support you. Exercises like planks and bridges that strengthen your core and your glutes will help you to stop slouching.
Are You Living Your Life in Alignment?
What does it mean to live your life in alignment with your own truth, your soul’s purpose, and the world around you? When you’re truly living in a state of alignment, it means you’ve taken the time to slow down and pay attention to how you are experiencing life. Really pay attention. If you’ve examined how you are feeling in all aspects of your life, you’ll know if you are living a life disconnected from the real you. Living in alignment with your authentic self means you feel comfortable in your skin. It means you feel energized and excited about the work you’ve chosen to do, about the people you’ve populated your life with, and about the way you inhabit the world. Close your eyes and tune into how you’re feeling right now. Well, close your eyes after you’ve read this paragraph, that is. Ask yourself: are you surrounded with people who inspire you or people who drag you down? Are you in a career that lights you up and fulfills you or do you dread going to work? What about your personal relationships with others and yourself? Signs like anxiety, boredom, lethargy, and even anger point to living your life for reasons other than your fulfilling your desires. If you can’t honestly say you’re living your best life today, take a moment to explore how you can achieve it.
How to Have Beautiful Skin? Avoid these 10 Mistakes
Here are 10 common mistakes to avoid to have beautiful skin and keep your skin healthy. 1. Trying to hydrate with sodas or energy drinks. How these drinks age your body and why avoiding them will keep your skin healthy: As the years go by our bodies literally dry up from the inside out. Our skin just can’t continue to retain moisture like it used to back in the day when we were plump infants with juicy flesh that stored water like desert succulents. Diet sodas and energy drinks may quench your thirst on the spot but they don’t hydrate your system and help have beautiful skin in the long run like good old H2O does! Why? Because they are jam packed with artificial flavors, sugars, chemical preservatives and acidifying agents that can lead to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, tooth decay, organ stress and lowered immune system. What you can do to make a change: DRINK WATER, DRINK WATER, DRINK WATER. Drinking water is the true fountain of youth! It is all your body needs to stay hydrated and the easiest way to have beautiful skin. How much water should you drink? A good rule of thumb is to drink between 64 ounces and 0.67% of your body weight per day. For example, if your body weight is 150 pounds, then you need to drink anywhere between 64 ounces and 100 ounces (0.67% x 150) of water per day. Read more about hydration hacks here. 2. Getting too much sun exposure without SPF. It is common knowledge that ultraviolet (UV) rays is harmful to your skin because it damages skin fibers called elastin, which makes your skin stretch and sag like a dry old rubber band that you use tie a bunch of mail together. What you can do to make a change and keep your skin healthy and beautiful: THINK SUN KISSED NOT SUN DRIED!
10 Yogic Sayings Explained for Ways to Help (Re)create Balance
It is common for people to go through dry spells or feel burnt out. We all have, at one point of another, felt uninspired, overworked, wanted to check out and just plain exhausted from the humdrum of life and the prevailing idea of not ‘being enough’. We don’t always have time to go to cook healthy meals, go to yoga classes, stick to our budget or just do things ‘right’. One might wonder what it would be like to have more hours in a given day to do the things we want to do to live a more fulfilling and happy life. Yet if your evenings and weekends are spent in the same couch potato or indulgent fashion, it may be time for you to check in and recognise this as a sign that you’ve been making excuses for yourself.
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