Ancient Wisdom for a Modern Family: Five Tips to Balance Your hOMe

Is your home your sanctuary? Is your family your inspiration? For many of us, the answer to these questions too often is, no. This unfortunately creates a blame game and perpetual expressions of stress. With just a little information, a whole lot of intention setting, and some responsible follow-through, this paradigm can change.

Here are five tips to practice at home, together as a family. The sanctuary you are seeking lies within—you create the inspiration for which you’re looking. By 1) letting go; 2) creating; 3) cleaning; 4) sharing; and 5) moving, you will observe balance, comfort, and a foundation that will nourish your family for generations to come.

  1. Let Go

Let go of cell phones. Whether your children are old enough to have their own or are just beginning to witness their parents’ connection to this electronic appendage, a mindful disconnect from your devices is a powerful choice.  Verbally express your choice as a family, making a point to turn cell phones off and put them in another room, starting with meal times. Experiment with expanding cell phone free time.

  1. Create

Write and record your own family guided meditation. Have everyone participate in writing a script and performing it on a cell phone recording app. Be sure to include breathing deeply, placing your hands on your belly, feeling it lift and lower, relaxing body parts from head to toe. Take a visualization trip through your favorite nature spot. Ask everyone to picture something for which they’re grateful and make positive “I am” affirmations. Then listen to this beautiful meditation together.

  1. Clean

Physical clutter not only gets in the physical way, it clutters the mind. Once a month, have every family member fill a bag to donate to Good Will or throw away. In a clutter free home, the family cleans together. Wipe down dust, place shoes in a tidy row, vacuum… there are always jobs to do. In the kitchen cupboards, find a processed food item and read the ingredients together. If it contains chemicals you can’t pronounce, toss it and replace with a nourishing alternative. Talk about how nice it feels to care about our bodies and our homes.

  1. Share

During dinner, share the day’s highs and lows, with everyone taking turns. Ask interesting, age appropriate questions of each other—anything but, “How was your day”? Make sure your questions require a more involved response than, “good.” For example, “What is your favorite fictional character of all time?” “If you were to open a business, what would it be?” “What is the one place in the world you are dying to visit?”

  1. Move

Move together. Set a timer for a 20-minute circuit. Take turns choosing a movement that everyone follows for one minute at a time. Take a walk together outside. Have a dance party in which everybody gets to choose one song for the playlist. Practice yoga together.

Calling all Families! Join Aida Bielkus and Jess Melfa at Health Yoga Life Cambridge, Sunday October 21st at 1:30 pm for an unforgettable workshop, “Ancient Wisdom for a Modern Family.”

Aida Bielkus, PhD, is co-founder of Health Yoga Life and an experienced life coach and yoga teacher. She encourages everyone to find easy ways to reduce stress in daily life.

CLICK HERE to register you and your family

Secret to happiness is…

Happiness is available to all of us but elusive at times.  Recently a Tibetan Buddhist monk,  Matthieu Ricard was given the superhero title of “Happiest Man Alive”.  His secret? Meditation!

I know. I know. It’s hard to believe that yoga and meditation (simple things that you need very little to actually practice) are the key to so many benefits.   As research proved, scans of Ricard’s brain actually showed while meditating on compassion “an excessive activity in his brain left prefrontal cortex compared to its right counterpart, allowing him an abnormally large capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity toward negativity. ” (source: click here)

Life for for all of us has ups and downs.  Pains and pleasures. Highs and lows. Meditation practice is an anchor.  It draws you back to center every time.  Center is where the magic is.  It is the seat of true authentic happiness.  Nothing will bring you closer to center than a commitment to a practice that teaches you about yourself.

Did you know Health Yoga Life offers drop in Meditation Classes at our Cambridge studio?  Class is offered Tuesday and Thursdays at 5:15pm.  Make it a double hitter of happiness and stay on for the 6:00pm yoga class.  Watch anxiety, stress, depression wane; happiness, ease and peace increase.  This is not a hoax. This is science!

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Go for your choices!

When we desire a change in our life, we need to realize that goals are only part of it.  The real change happens from our choices.  Life is a series of choices.  Whatever you are choosing is what your life becomes. Your choices produce outcomes that bring about your current experience of your body, your mood, your energy, your spirit, etc.

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Here’s a list of some of the choices I have made along the way that I can honestly say changed my life.

  1. Trying yoga for the first time (I still remember my very first class)
  2. Committing to my self-growth with 1:1 HYL Coaching. There is a way out of feeling stuck.
  3. Giving up Diet Coke, processed foods, and junk. Food is fuel.
  4. Starting a company with powerhouse females (my 3 sisters and mom)
  5. Meditating every day.
  6. Ditching the confines of what I thought my profession should look like.
  7. Letting go of my fear that certain things aren’t for me

Explore your choices.  What are you choosing now that is or isn’t supporting the life you truly want?

If you want a deeper connection to knowing yourself, your body and shaping your daily choices, consider the Health Yoga Life Yoga Teacher Training.

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