<![CDATA[LIVING SIMPLY SIMON - Blog]]>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 02:20:08 +1100Weebly<![CDATA[Top 10 Tips for Better Sleep]]>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 04:22:15 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/blog/top-10-tips-for-better-sleep
Here I share with you some tips, some reasons and some hacks on how to create better sleep each and every night. Why? Because "Sleep is GOLDEN!"

Using my own experience in understanding my sleep patterns and having better "sleep hygiene", here I share my 10 top tips for a better night in bed every single night of the day.
  1. Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender is well known for having a fresh and calm scent. I diffuse this essential oil every night before bed to create a safe and calm environment for my bedroom. In the event that I am on the road, I will bring this essential oil with me to create a DIY pillow mist to spray all around the bed, sheets, pillows...EVERYTHING! You can read more about this wonderfully versatile oil and the brand I'm using HERE!
  2. Move Every Day: We have spoken extensively about this on The Happy Hour Podcast. Refer to the podcast episode on movement and its benefits. I truly believe that adding any form of movement to your day helps tire us out when the sun goes down to assist in falling into a deep sleep at night.
  3. Switch Off Early: I am a strong believer in switching off early to help buy us a bigger window to winding down in the evening. The more wired we are during the day, the more time we will require to wind down. This rule not only helps us become more productive during the day to get everything done by switch-off time, but also that we can actually bookmark the switching off by getting our exercise in from Tip #2! It's a win-win in my opinion.
  4. Have Dinner Early: Naturally from the above, having an earlier dinner can also help with sleeping better. It reduces the chances of bloating and indigestion by avoiding hitting the bed with a full stomach. Further to that, by allowing the remainder of our daily energy for digestion, we easily become more tired by the time we hit the sack two to four hours later.
  5. Connection: Connect with a REAL person by having a REAL conversation! Either a small talk with someone you live with or a quick phone call will allow us the opportunity to feel like we have expressed ourselves for the day rather than holding everything in. Externalisation FTW! Read Tip #9!
  6. Mindfulness/Meditation: Have a daily mindfulness or mediation practice! We also already spoken extensively on this in Episode 12 of the podcast. The ability to reduce stress and anxiety means we are clearer, calmer and lighter when we finally wind down for the evening. I tried bedtime meditation for a month and I found it to be helpful in dozing off nicely.
  7. Night-time Ritual: I have a nighttime skin care ritual literally as a ceremony to mark off the closing of my availability to the external world! Find something which suits you for this emotional gesture as well! Which brings me nicely to the next tip...
  8. Night-time Reading: My ritual naturally finds me hopping into bed and grabbing whatever book I am reading at the moment. I found this to be one of the best ways to make the eyes heavy preparing ourselves for a good night sleep! Avoid non-fiction, motivation and self-help books though as these stimulate us. We want a light storybook for this purpose.
  9. Night-time Dump: Well what happens if we do catch ourselves being overly stimulated at night. Twisting and tossing around certainly don't help. I recommend jumping immediately out of bed, grab your journal (or any piece of notebook or writing pad) and dump all your ideas on the paper! Which is why I am such a BIG advocate for daily journaling! For this, I recommend Brendon Burchard's high performance planner. Check it out!
  10. Bedroom Sanctuary: Make your bedroom sacred and an inviting sanctuary! Invest in good bedding and sheets the your bed becomes so irresistible! I mean besides work, this is literally the place we spend most of our daily 24 hours in! So why the heck not!

There you have it! Let me know what you think and what works for you! I would love to hear your thoughts on the show, so please leave me a comment below (or on social via Instagram).
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<![CDATA[How to Hit Pause & Recharge]]>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 10:33:38 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/blog/how-to-hit-pause-recharge
In this overwhelmingly fast-paced world, sometimes things can get a little hectic. More of often than not, we find ourselves coming across articles and/or Instagram posts that talk about slowing down. Well, is slowing down really easier said than done?

The answer is, it depends. For the Type A, fast-paced high achiever individual, even the thought of slowing down can be agony. How do I know that? Because I am exactly that individual. Why waste precious time when you can fill it all up to be more productive, right? Why do less when you can do more, right? Why am I laying here in Savasana (corpse pose in yoga) for such a long time which feels like forever? Can't we move on already?

Yep, I know and I have been through it all. Whilst there is nothing wrong per se with the above attitude, there is only one thing missing in the picture. This notion of SELF-CARE. Let's face it. None of us is a eternal candle and we will eventually pile on the stress level and burn out. That's when things go wrong and that's when sometimes when things are too late. 

So the go-getter me had decided to test my theory that you can do it all and we high flyers can hit the pause button too. Here are my top tips for slowing down unapologetically.

1. Pencil It In.
People like us like to be in control and that includes our schedule too. Pencilling it in the diary increases our chances of committing to our self-care routines. Remember, it doesn't always have to be yoga and meditation. These are, of course, the more commonly spoken about ones but even something as simple as taking 5-10 minutes a day to read a book because that fills your cup could be very nourishing and recharging. For some, it might be to book in that regular spa treatment, commit to the appointment at the hair salon, a fortnightly pedi-mani treatment, and the list goes on! For me, something as simple as a weekly face mask is slowing down. I mean, there is really nothing much you can do when you're putting on a mask. So might as well, take the well-deserved 20 minutes of shut eye whilst doing some breathing exercises. Killing two birds with one stone has got to be right down our alley, right?

2. Face It, Don't Run.
Sometimes we say we don't have the time because it is easier. Sometimes we say we are no good at it, especially when it comes to things like meditation, because it is easier more comfortable to stick to things we know and can nail. Guess what? Those choices ain't gonna make us suddenly have more time or become better at self-care. We just have to face it rather than escaping it. Like ripping off a bandaid. Just do it. Ripping off a bandaid is sheer willpower. Ripping off that waxing strips, on the other hand, is willpower at the beginning. The more we do it though, sooner or later, it will become a habit. Like brushing our teeth. Just second nature. 

3. Get Playfully Competitive.
List. Tickboxes. Rewards. That's we function, right? So, let's get creative on how we motivate and incentivise ourselves for slowing down and doing those activities which recharge us. This could be a wall calendar which we mark off our daily slowing down routine to help build a habit out of it. E.g. 5-min a day to sit in nature and soak in the silence. Simple task and can be easily done. Because we perfectionists would hate to have anything else other than a perfect streak. For other items such as yoga, which could take longer, might potentially be scheduled to be ticked off every two or three days. Aim for a certain level of completion at the beginning of the month then reassess at the end to check on our own progress, which can be followed by a reward if we hit our targets.

4. Practice Makes Perfect, Time Will Tell. 
Just because we live in the era of instantaneous-everything doesn't mean the results will be. In fact, the more we feel like we are chasing after instant-anything, the more we will have to learn to appreciate the art of slowing down. Remember, good things come to those who wait. Whether it a weight loss journey or a delicious homemade casserole, the best results are worth the wait. Similarly on our slowing down and recharging, we might not feel it as much at the beginning. Stick to it anyway. Give it a timeline. 7 days. 21 days. 8 weeks. 12 weeks. Depending on what we are trying to achieve. Journal down how we feel at the start of the journey and compare it along or at the end of the journey. This is why I personally couldn't recommend daily journaling any more because we can only see the difference upon reflecting back. Very much like noticing the change in someone we haven't seen in a while. 

5. Get Some Help.
We don't have to do it all alone. In fact, the more the merrier. Well, the more chance we have at sticking to it. Find a like-minded friend or colleague to commence this journey to slowing down together. Not only do we have someone else to keep ourselves competitively accountable, but that we also have some to compare the ups and downs of the process so we can continue to fine-tune our journey to find our rhythm .

There you have it! Give it a whirl and don't forget to share with me your stories of slowing down and recharging. I can't wait to hear all about it! 
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<![CDATA[How To Fit More In and Get More Done?]]>Sat, 21 Jul 2018 03:28:17 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/blog/productivity
How often do we actually catch ourselves going with the following?

"I have no time"
"I am too busy for___"
"I never have enough time to ___"

Well, guess what? Time is a constant and the fairest game on this planet with everyone given the same amount of 24 hours a day. How you choose to spend it though and where you channel your energy is an entirely different story. Keyword: energy. 

As a friend of Living Simply SimonVanessa Bennett from Next Evolution Performance will tell you that it is not always about time. In fact, it is never about time. Vanessa is a well-sought after high performance coach. She and her team of coaches believe that everyone can experience high performance and it is even more paramount for businesses and anyone in a leadership role to have increased level of performance. 

Their passion for high performance suggests that it is always about spending your energy in the right places! I mean, haven't we all been there? When we are so engrossed into one task we're really passionate about, time can suddenly disappears before we know it but we feel so light and happy about it all. And, the best part? Feeling like we have more time and energy to complete other tasks too! In other words, we feel super duper productive. 

It is all simple. Just because spend more time something doesn't necessarily we are actually getting more done. Furthermore, how many times have we also heard the saying "work smarter not harder"? 

And, I personally could not agree more! The key to getting things done and making things happen is to have the right amount of energy and attitude to pursuing these to the finish line. Through my regular hangs with Vanessa and also having attended her one-day workshop on performance, it is unsurprising to discover that everything is interconnected. The body, the mind, and the soul to contribute towards performance and productivity. 

Even as an individual who is already a go-getter and the master of work-life-balance towards more happiness in life, I still learned something new. Especially learning more about myself! What I truly loved about this workshop was that it was well designed. We kicked off the session by understanding optimal performance vs burnout using neuroscience. Gotta love science! Just saying. This is then followed up by understanding about your personal pace to further increase your personal performance or productivity.

If you have been following me on social, you will know that I am a firm believer and practitioner of mindful living and mindfulness. Therefore, the second half of the day was totally presented in my kind of language. The mind is more powerful than we think and when we can get the mindset fit for purpose, we can move mountains. We can tick off the to-do list with more ease. We can set better goals with the right timeframe. We can get more in. We can get more done. 

In other words, we are more productive. We have increased levels of performance. And hopefully, this will also link to more work-life satisfaction and therefore, more happiness on a daily basis.

Vanessa and her team are running another one of these workshops in August and I cannot recommend it enough if you are team leader, a juggler, a strong hustler, or simply someone who wants to understand more about how you function as an individual relative your productivity and performance levels. Remember, investment is a designer handbag or electronic gadget might last a few years but investment in ourselves last a lifetime! I promise you will not be disappointed.

The details of this workshop are as below. More information can be found the event page here. 

Facilitators
Vanessa Bennett – CEO, Next Evolution Performance
Kate McKenna – High Performance Coach, Next Evolution Performance

Date
Wednesday, 8 August 2018
8:30 am registration for 9:00 am start (sharp) – 5:00 pm finish

Location
AIA Australia Limited
Level 12, 345 George Street
Sydney, NSW 2000


Need more clarity on this? Get in touch with Vanessa's team by using the contact form here

Yours in happiness, 

Simon
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<![CDATA[Three Things We Could Do More In Our Lives]]>Thu, 17 May 2018 10:05:07 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/blog/three-things-we-could-do-more-in-our-lives
For more wellness, for more happiness in our lives, I definitely and strongly recommend we revisit these three areas in our lives. 

Sleep. Meditation. Exercise. 

Yes, these three items require us to set aside time and schedule it into our daily lives. But, when you do do it, it is almost guaranteed to make everything better. When you interview a successful person what is the one thing that contributed to their success, chances are it will be one of these. 

Sleep. Sleep is so underrated. So underrated that I cannot understand it. I mean, how does one function without at least 8-10 hours of solid sleep at night. I mean, function properly. Smoothly. Like nothing in your life can ever go wrong kind of properly. I can make do with a minimum of 4 hours but you definitely will not be seeing the me who is striving, thriving, and performing at 100%. Chances are you will come across the cranky, sour, easily agitated, minimal creativity, negative Nancy me and so much more! 
When you think about it, no car can run forever without refuelling. Our mobile phones cannot function perpetually without being recharged. Why on earth than do we humans think that we are somehow super humans who can function without minimal to no sleep?! Sleep is often the first thing we sacrificed when we are short of time. Truth is, this is probably the biggest non-negotiable we should be keeping sacred! 

Without referring to science or any scientific studies, we all know that when we have had a good night's sleep, we just feel a 100% better. We have all felt it before, whether or not we would like to admit it. You probably will not need a 10 hours snooze but you definitely a good quality snooze. The one thing I could not recommend enough is installing a sleep app on your smart phone. I personally use, Good Morning. You simply placed your device near or under your pillow so that the app can record any movement or noise throughout the night to determine if we are awake, in light sleep or in deep sleep. This later on generates a score of our sleep quality. You want a good or great night sleep! I also recommend turning your phone into a pure sleeping app device i.e. turn on Flight Mode or Do Not Disturb simply to avoid excessive radio magnetic waves being so close to your head!

Meditation. We spoke about before about this M word. It is simply tried and tested. It is also not as daunting as you would think! Everyone would have started their own meditation and mindfulness journey in their own ways. For the beginner, I really recommend some guided meditation. One of the popular apps out there is Insight Timer. You can choose from a variety of time duration to include meditation in your daily routines. And truth is. Even a 5 minute practice will lighten you up, give you more clarity, inject more calmness, sharpen your thinking and so much more! 

There are now so many types of meditation practices and offerings out there. There is bound to one for you personally. Maybe you are into chakras. Maybe loving kindness is your thing. Maybe there is just that one soothing voice you can resonate with more than others. There is bound to be one! It has to be! You simply just have to put the initial ground work at the start and begin to reap the benefits on an ongoing basis. It is like searching for an apartment to live in. It is bound to take some work, some searching, and some digging in the process, but once we found it, it is time to make a home sweet home out of our place. 

​Exercise. I seriously and personally think that exercise is ecstasy. People out there don't simply claim 'movement is medicine' or 'motion is lotion' simply for the fun for it, or that it sounded cool, or that because it rhymes, or anything like that. It is because there is so much truth to it. Scientifically, exercise releases endorphins and dopamines, which are feel good hormones. We may not feel like it leading up to our exercise but chances are we always come out the other end beaming and glowing. Two things we do need to knuckle down are time of the day and types of exercise.

Not everyone is born an early bird and not everyone enjoys an evening workout because it might keep them up during the night etc. So the first thing to really pin down is your own exercise clock. Is it best that you get it out of the way before hitting other items on your to-do list? Do you respond best if you are able to break your day into two halves and slot your workout during lunchtime? Or do you simply have the best piece of mind when it is at the end of the day after work which might also helps you sleep better? Get this right because it needs to fit with how you function. Otherwise, you are going to find any excuse under the sun to skip your workout. 

Speaking of excuse, if you found something you truly enjoy then instead of avoiding it, you will be anticipating for it. So naturally, we have to find something which tickles our fancy. There is really no excuse here. It is 2018 and there is so much out there! From the good ol' spin class, to group exercise classes, to yoga, to barre, to dance, to running groups, to personal training to Crossfit, to F45, to strength training...the list is virtually endless! Look for something that you truly enjoy. With the help of technology such as apps and YouTube and Google, exercise and workouts are now so readily available. The key is search for a movement-based activity we can enjoy. Which means, it doesn't even have to be confined with the brick and mortar called a gym. It could be dance studio. It could be outdoor bootcamp. Swimming. You name it, I bet there is something for you. 

There you have it. My three tips for more wellness and happiness in our lives. Which is what Living Simply Simon is based on at the end of the day. Active wellness. Because it is all holistic and interconnected. And it will all come full circle at the end of the day. Until next time, get more sleep in your life, try out guided meditation, and move more daily for more wellness and happiness in your life!

xx
​Simon
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<![CDATA[Yin Yoga..the what and how..? Part 2..]]>Wed, 02 May 2018 13:02:11 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/blog/yin-yogathe-what-and-how-part-2
In Part 1, we spoke what a Yin Yoga will involve... and some of the common pitfalls that come along with this type of practice for the Yang-y, Type-A, fast-paced overachiever..

In this part, we will speak how I specifically prepare myself to overcome some of potential obstacles whilst practising Yin in my life. 

I definitely think of practising Yin Yoga like practising meditation in my life....
The conditions have to just right. Similar to meditation, you can't afford to be too cold, too warm, too uncomfortable with your legs gone to sleep, etc. etc. so you have preempt these situations by having a blanket ready, invest in a comfy meditation cushion, or create a zen den to meditate in. 

I practise Yin in two ways. One - by myself. Two - by attending a Yin Yoga class. 

The first way is definitely easier and more time efficient. Most importantly, it also has less room for errors. Being a business owner and lifestyle entrepreneur, most of my time these days are spent in the home office aka my lounge room. You know those moments when you just suddenly crave a Tim Tam (that's a signature Australian chocolate coated wafer biscuits with more chocolate filling! YUM!) so you go and get it from the pantry or the fridge, or when you think about having a cup of tea or coffee, you get off the couch and make one. That's exactly it for me. When I suddenly hit the productivity slump and want to bust out a Yin pose, I will simply just do it!

Instead of practising multiple different poses or specific meridians/chakras, I simply just listen to the body as to what areas if I just send some love, care, breath and chi there, it will feel better. So I would begin with a  quick 1-3 minute breathing exercise simply to rinse out any clutter in the brain and nervous system. Think of this like the entree to the main meal. Then, choose the shape I wanted e.g. frog pose (easily one of my favorites), then hold for a longer than usual period. Anywhere from 8-15 minutes, followed by an appropriate length of rebound simply in Pentacle or corpse pose. There, all done and dusted in approximately 20 minutes of so. Like a power nap, except that I also receive new hips so to speak. This is probably more doable for the teachers and advanced students who already have an idea on Yin Yoga.

That means, most of us would probably be attending a class somewhere fully surrendering to the teacher and take commands from him or her. For me, the 24 hours leading up to attending a class can really make or break the practice. So, once again, preempt moments where you know will frazzle you. Like preparing the blanket, cushion, and zen den for meditation. Avoid scheduling heated meetings if you can. Have ample time to travel to the class if you can which will will already keep you calm before the class. Eat the right amount of nourishing food and avoid caffeine or any other stimulating foods such as sugar. It is about understanding how you function as an individual and preparing the strategy to deal with being triggered, stimulated, etc. leading up to the Yin class. 

Why is this important? Just like meditation, if we cannot calm the nervous system and our brain is constantly churning in overdrive mode, then it is going to be not only challenging to seek stillness in our practice, but also the effects will be minimal during that time. Remember, in Part 1, we spoke about letting the body go for this time of practice. To fully disengage so we can target the connective tissues, ligaments, tendons, joints, anda fascia. To do so, we need to be in our parasympathetic state i.e. the relaxed, rest and restore state. 

So, there you have it. My take on what a Yin Yoga practice is and how I manage my practice in my own day-to-day. I am also totally curious as to how you practice Yin Yoga? Please comment and/or share with someone you know who will benefit from this. 

xx
Simon
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<![CDATA[Yin Yoga..the what and how..? Part 1..]]>Wed, 02 May 2018 12:19:43 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/blog/yin-yogathe-what-and-how-part-1
So what exactly is Yin Yoga? 

Like the Yin to the Yang. This is the other sibling to the beloved power yoga styles. This is the less is more. This is the moon to the sun. This is about the deeper connective tissues, ligaments, bones and fascia as opposed to the more superficial muscles. This is slow rather than fast.

This is slowing down. 

This is slowing down. Slowing right down to witness the benefits fo breath, meditation, mantra, and, on the broader level, yoga itself.

The poses in a yin style practice are usually held anywhere between a minimum of three minutes and beyond. There are some poses which I personally love holding up to about ten minutes or so. And I generally will share similar approaches to my students as well. I mean, practice what you preach and preach what you practice, right? Frog on the floor and dragonfly against the wall. Mmmm....talk about juicy! 

​The classes are generally designed around the three main 'points of reference' so to speak. From an anatomical and modern science angle, or from a chakra theory perspective, or, one of my personal favourites, from the point of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Although, more often than not, teachers tend to overlap to the slightest in a class setting. At least I know I do because not everyone will resonate to the everything you say and different people will connect with different angles in different poses. So, as an art of teaching, this is to simply cater to the majority of the class. 


Anatomical languages are probably the easiest to understand and, possibly, to feel. I mean, lower back is lower back, and, hamstrings is hamstrings. This way to referencing the poses will give everyone a clear idea of where they would want to 'mostly' feel the pose and its intention from the teacher. Chakra theory obviously relates to the seven chakras in the body. When the anatomical train passes through the areas of the specific chakras, chances are as well, these will relate to the chakra itself and its related balanced and imbalanced states. Similar, these "muscular trains" also have acupuncture landmarks on them. This is probably most often referred to as meridians, the channels of each chi point which relates to the specific organs. Commonly, in classes, when you hear the teachers refer to organs, this will relate to the physical and energetic qualities specific to those organs according to TCM. 

Having said that, have you been just battling the inner 
conflict of wanting to practice Yin but just could not bring yourself to a class? Maybe it's because you are already flinching at the idea of how slow and, potentially, "boring" it will be? Maybe you are just fidgety the whole time and, rather than finding your zen, you probably found anger and frustration instead? Maybe it's because your mind is refusing to be still and you start to get bouts of anxiety and slight panic attack sensations? 

​Well, the good news is I have been there before myself. The better news is that I have a way to overcome this. At least I have found it useful in my own practice. The best news is I am not keeping this secret. Proceed to Part 2 to find out..

Namaste.

xx
​Simon
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<![CDATA[Meditation.. Mindfulness..]]>Tue, 01 May 2018 01:46:04 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/blog/meditation-mindfulness
I know I know..it's the M word that get thrown around a lot whether it is on podcasts, interviews, books, the internet in general, and more.. truth is, it is because it works. 

So what exactly is meditation and mindfulness? Do we really have to be a monk/nun in the mountains completely zen-like levitating against gravity? 

Truth be unveiled...not really! 
There are so many types of meditation and mindfulness techniques out there and it is about finding the one tool which suits your lifestyle, routine, way of thinking so that we can easily slot these practices into our day to day lives. 

Here are the three ways I consciously inject and infuse some me and down time into my life. 

1. Shhhh in the morning
Although I am an early riser, I am definitely not a morning talker or doer. My mornings upon waking up are pretty sacred. I purposely dedicating this time to being fully present - whilst making my morning coffee, whilst drinking it, whilst watching the silence outside my apartment. My housemates fully know that I don't interact in the morning, for the first 30-60 minutes at least. It is pure presence, almost like an active meditation. 

2. Belly breath
Throughout the day, I usually do a quick check in with how I am feeling physically, mentally and emotionally. I check in with whether I am breathing through my ribs or through my belly. Taking these moments as mini reset throughout the day so keep up the energy level and feel good factor. 

3. Just sit
This is my nighttime routine after the oral care and nightly cream and serum to the face. I just sit. In my bed. Sometimes eyes open, sometimes closed. Taking this as a moment to be grateful and truly thankful for everything that has happened that day. It always makes me feel instantly that I have had a good day. 

If this has got you intrigued already, come along to  “Yinning and Winning - Art of Slowing Down” where we come to terms with stillness and silence. 

In need of something more yang and fierce, the newly curated “Dragon Time Vinyasa Flow Masterclass” is sure winner to rinse and flow to a juicy sequence. Finally, you deserve a treat and you deserve to be happy! Our signature active wellness retreat in Bali, The Authentic Happiness Retreat might just be what you need! 

Good things are meant to be shared. Please forward to a dear friend you know could benefit from this to continually grow our community. 

xx
Simon
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<![CDATA[Slowing Down and Breathe]]>Thu, 26 Apr 2018 23:43:45 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/blog/slowing-down-and-breathe
Hmm. slowing down and breathe....

The two things which are usually easier said than done. Well, certainly for me at least. As you already know, I like to have it all. In a fast-paced world where 24 hours never seem enough, how do we actually slow down and breathe?

Well, we just gotta do it. 
No car goes on forever without a fuel stop. No human functions continuously without sleep. Safe to say, our mental wellbeing does not stay in the healthy state without slowing down. And it goes without saying that it won't be easy at the start but you just gotta start.

Similar to quitting sugar, alcohol, drugs, or starting a new routine of fitness, gym, and exercise, it is bound to be uncomfortable to begin with. Like long distance running or swimming, once you get past the inertia, you will be in this steady state flow. The good thing though about slowing down is that you are almost always guaranteed to feel better afterwards!

So how did I get into my slowing down to happen in my life? Well, via something called Yin Yoga. This is a yoga style where we actually do most, if not all, of the poses laying down either on our backs or fronts. More often than not, the whole practice is also supported by multiple props. This is so both us and our muscles can focus on relaxing in the shape as opposed to having to figure out how to hold the shape. This further on allows the relaxation to happen which is the whole main goal in my own practice.

The real interesting fact about Yin Yoga is that we aim to tension past the muscles deep into our connective tissues, fascia, ligaments, bones, tendons etc. On top of that, the real mysterious part of this practice can also induce a Traditional Chinese Medicine acupunture-type effects. Simply by just holding the poses for usually about 3-5 mins with the odd occasion for even longer holds up to 8-10 mins. When you are sitting the pose for this amount of time, it is hard not to breathe. Otherwise, we can get real fidgety, which defeats the purpose, as stillness is the way in for inducing that deep sensation beyond our superficial muscles.

So there you go! My kill-two-birds-with-one-stone approach to slowing down and breathe. Yin Yoga.

Good things are meant to be shared right? So, I am doing so. Sharing the goodness of this practice on me via an open masterclass, Yinning and Winning: Art of Slowing Down. Check it out at my events page here.

I would love to hear about how you slow things down in your life and take the time to breathe. So please comment. If you are interested in connecting further, get on to my mailing list where I regularly share lifestyle and wellness tips.

xx
​Simon
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