Guest Post by Ntathu Allen
Welcome to the first of a series of posts focusing specifically on the numerous benefits of yoga for bloggers.
What Has Yoga Got To Do With Blogging?
At first glance you may be thinking what has yoga got to do with blogging?
It’s All About You
If you can put aside your views about the philosophical and spiritual teachings embedded in yoga you will see that the practical relaxation techniques and physical exercises, offers you a simple way to care for the most important part of your blog. You.
You Are The Most Important Part Of Your Business
Everything you write, create, market, or sell comes through you. Without you and the energy you put into your work, your blog and your business would not exist.
Your body is made up of trillion and trillions of cells. Flowing through each cell is energy, your vital energy known in yoga as chi or prana.
Here is a simple quiz.
There is no right or wrong answer
1. How often during your day do you stop what you are doing to check your twitter updates and Face book status?
2. How often during your day do you stop what you are doing to check how you are breathing and how well you are sitting?
Answers on a postcard…
How Can Yoga Help You Grow Your Blog?
Here Are 3 Benefits
- Yoga encourages you to tune into your body and listen to what it needs.
You put time and effort into making your blog look pretty and functional; you research your niche, you fine tune your social media updates and comment freely on other posts. Do you invest the same level of commitment to your body and emotional well-being? How much time and effort per day do you invest in looking after yourself?
- Yoga Helps You To Relax, Rejuvenate and Recharge Your Mind, Body And Spirit
Time and time again I see exhausted executives and worn out mums come to yoga classes desperate for a way to learn how to relax and release the tension and pain locked in their body. Here are five quick stress relieving tips you can try: 5 Quick Stress Relieving Tips When Life Sucks.
- Yoga Helps You To Love Your Body
Your body is your most precious gift. You need to find ways to maintain your energy and get a balance between being overworked and stressed and at ease in your body.
What is Yoga?
- Yoga is about balance and creating and maintaining a free flow of energy through your body.
- Traditionally yoga consists of a series of yoga exercises known as asanas, yoga breathing techniques known as pranayama, relaxation and meditation practices. If you are new to meditation and want to find out more about this practice check out this post about three of the obstacles you need to overcome when you meditate: Meditation for Beginners.
- To the ancient yogis, the body was seen as a vehicle for your soul. Yoga acts as a bridge to enable you to connect with and create a seamless flow of energy between your inner and outer world.
- Yoga and meditation techniques help you to be present and focus on one thought at a time. For example, your eyes and mind are reading this piece yet it is your heart and emotions which are taking in the subtle impressions and vibes. As you read, numerous questions, thoughts and comments flow through your mind as you connect what you are reading with what you know about yoga and about blogging. Your mind might start going off on a tangent and you lose your train of thought. For example, try this body awareness exercise.
As you read are you aware of what is going on in other parts of your body?
Are you aware of your breathing?
What are you sensing in your legs, your feet, and your toes?
If you have toes and feet, are you even aware of what they are doing right now?
Are you aware of how you are sitting?
How aware are you of your posture and the way you are sitting?
Did you know the way you sit affects your energy? Poor posture is the cause of many minor ailments, aches and pains, all of which affects how well you can focus and concentrate on your work.
What about your back? What is going on with your spine?
In yoga you are taught that you are as young as your spine. If you have ever suffered from back pain you will know how painful it is.
What Else Is Yoga About?
1. Yoga is about balance.
As you practice the physical postures and learn how to meditate and use your breath to energise, calm and focus your mind, you gain clarity and insights into how you want your business to grow and fit in with the rest of your life.
2. Yoga encourages you to stop, pause, tune in and see what is going on inside and how that affects what is going on around you.
The more aware and conscious you are with what is going on inside your body, the easier it becomes for you to tap into your inner reserves and stay healthy and vital throughout your day. The more care, love and attention you give to your body, the easier it is for you to manage the multiply demands on your time from your family and work as you strive to grow your business.
What is Pain?
Pain is your body’s way of alerting you to the fact that something is out of alignment.
You know what it is like. Have you ever been so engrossed in your work that when you stop to answer the phone, do you realise your back aches and shoulders feel tight and tense? Some of my students are so used to sitting hunched over their computers they don’t even realise just how much stress and tension they carry in their body. Here are seven common signs of stress: 7 Signs You are Stressed.
Try this simple stress relief exercise
Take a moment right now to sit up straight, find your sitting bones and sit on them, (your sitting bones are the knobbly bits you can feel in your buttocks) lengthen your spine and neck, lower your shoulders and create as much space as you can between your ears and shoulders. Slowly roll your head from side to side, relax your jaw and soften your gaze.
Stretch both arms straight up above your head. Place your left hand on your right wrist and gently stretch your right arm as you lean over to the left.
Can you feel that stretch along the whole right side of your upper body?
Take 2 more deep breaths in and out through your nose as you continue to breathe deeply into the stretch. Relax your arms and rest your hands in your lap.
Close your eyes and just observe for a moment or two how your body feels.
Can you feel the difference between one side of the body and the other?
Repeat that stretch-relax –breath sequence, this time placing the right hand on your left wrist and stretching to your left. Breathe deeply 2-4 times.
Rest your hands on your lap, close your eyes as you focus on your everyday breath; tune in and be aware of all sensations flowing in and around your body.
How do you feel now?
If you have a pen nearby stay in the flow and jot down your first few thoughts.
Do you feel calmer, clearer, relaxed and focused? Or do you realise just how tired you are and long for more moments in your day to rest, relax and recharge?
If you are a yoga beginner you have just had your first insight into what yoga can do for you, your health and ultimately your business.
Yoga offers you all that and more.
And over the next few days, I am going to share with you simple yogic techniques and meditations which you can easily slip into your hectic schedule to boost your energy and keep your mind focused and alert.
The idea is to avoid burnout and exhaustion and give you the tools to self care and maintain your energy levels so you can effortlessly enjoy being with your family and productive at work.
Thank you for taking the time to pause, reflect and honour your body.
If you enjoyed this article feel free to share the love and link back to it from your own blog. Take care and thank you.
Ntathu Allen is a mother, blogger, yoga teacher and author, Ntathu Allen strives to encourage busy mums and entrepreneurs to weave moments of calm and rest into their busy life so you have the energy to have more fun time with your family and be positive and productive at work. Ntathu can be contacted at www.yogainspires.co.uk and www.thenextgoal.com