Category: Stress Management for diabetes
Concentration is the first and most important step to meditation. Students often share that they can’t meditate. You might even be thinking that right now.
Sitting quietly, watching the breath, practicing slow mindfulness we experience ourselves as the peace itself. We think it’s the practice thats enabling the peace, but in reality we are never not peace. The body is peace, the thoughts are peace and all of nature, all that has come before and all that will ever be is peace.
I love the idea of keeping things simple, its something that really appeals to me about ayurveda. When you go for an ayurvedic consultation you’re encouraged to ease into a new routine slowly. When you add one thing at a time the body and mind have time to adjust. When we bombard ourselves with too many changes and go for the quick fix its hard to sustain and maintain.
A Guest blog from Yogi and Ayurvedic Chef, Jody Vassallo I believe that mornings are the foundation of our day, it is when our feet first come in contact with the earth and we can consciously set our intentions for the day ahead. Taking time out to sit and really take in the morning is so important, this is when I make decisions about … Read More ARE YOU CREATING THE BEST POSSIBLE START TO YOUR DAY ?
I’m having a crap day. I know I shouldn’t start a positive blog about Yoga and Diabetes like that, but if I’m not real with myself who will be? I could blame my blood sugar levels, but I’m managing things quite well. I have no idea how fast my pancreatic function is declining and how much longer I’ll have before I am on a pump or multiple shots and I understand that I can live a normal happy life with my levels under control, but it doesn’t change the fact that I still feel frustrated and like things are beyond my control sometimes.
I have been reflecting on the axiom, “energy flows where attention goes.” Whatever we are identified with; be it our health thoughts about our health, what we are doing right, what we are doing wrong etc. that’s where all the energy collects- in the whirlpool of thoughts and concerns, which in turn creates even more stress . Most of the time this is so unconscious that we don’t even realise it and we might question why we are so tired or feel burnout.
When I first started Yoga I didn’t have a clue what was going on. My body was tight and uncompromising and I felt stupid moving my body into shapes that hurt. Don’t get me wrong I have always loved being physical, I was a dancer from a young age. But Yoga was a whole different story. As a dancer my body was athletic and muscle bound, years of jumping and minimal stretching plus weak arms meant that I broke a sweat in just about every Yoga posture.
When I was first diagnosed in 2008 it was a complete shock. I’ll never forget the moment my ex-husband rushed into my Yoga room and announced that the doctor had told him my blood work was odd and I needed to make an appointment straight away. I thought it was Yoga Burnout, working too hard for too many years, nothing a good rest and some herbs couldn’t cure.