Too Much of a Good Thing??
It's the day after a fun long weekend. The weather was hot...very hot....and people were celebrating Canada Day all across this beautiful country of ours. I loved seeing our community in full summer mode...boaters, swimmers, children (and adults) playing in the balmy outdoors. It was a perfect celebration of 151 years for our home and native land! Yet, today I feel the need to get back on my Pilates mat, ease back on the food intake, drink lots of water and chill a bit. Is it possible to have too much of a good thing?? My body is asking me, "what the heck did you just do to me girlfriend?!" Here are some simple ways to honour your body and restore balance when you have a liiiitle too much fun:
1. Diffusing Essential Oils
This is one of the quickest ways to positively alter our emotions and state of mind. The diffuser itself disperses a super fine mist of water and oils into the air. The molecules are so tiny that they pass through the blood/brain barrier where they have an almost immediate effect on the limbic system which controls our emotions. When you use a diffuser the molecules will linger in the air for a few hours and their anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties purify the air around you. For deep relaxation and restorative sleep reach for Lavender, or Frankincense. To boost your immune system, encourage detoxification, and elevate your mood try Lemon or Citrus oils.
2. Quiet Time
As an extroverted introvert, constant socializing is exhausting for me. People who know me may be shocked to hear that! After a few days of being around people morning to night, I crave quiet. I actually sometimes get to the point where people's voices and noises have a jarring effect on me. Having a good dose of alone time, free of human interaction is essential to recharge, reset and feel balanced. During these times I like to read, lounge, nap or do a Pilates workout.
3. Viparita Karani (aka Legs Up the Wall Pose)
This is one of the most restorative yoga poses of all. It strengthens and promotes balance throughout all of our body systems (digestive, immune, nervous, circulatory, hormonal) and gives you an amazing sense of calm and renewal. To practice at home, sit against a wall with one side of your body . Swing your legs up the wall keeping your butt as close to the wall as possible then lay down with your back flat on the floor. Rest your arms out to each side, palms up. Let your leg bones settle down towards the ground, close your eyes and focus on your breath for 10 minutes if possible.
Here is some other great news...Northern Star Yoga & Pilates offers classes for beginners up to intermediate/advanced. Private sessions are available on the Pilates reformer or mat. Private yoga is also available. We also carry Liquido leggings and active wear and Hippie Girl essential oils! What do you need to restore and rebalance your life?
Written by Tricia Slipacoff. Tricia is co-owner of Northern Star Yoga & Pilates. She has been practising Pilates for 12 years.