To SIMPLIFY is to make less complex or complicated - to ease stress. The most tangible step towards living a simpler life is probably the hardest for many. Reducing the physical accumulation of "stuff." It takes time and energy to focus on owning less, loving what you have and appreciating simple things - a hot cup of coffee, a quiet walk in the woods, an easy chat with a friend. But simplicity is not just about owning less. It is about access, love, enjoyment and energy. It is about having relationships that lift you up and make your heart sing. It is about recognizing what you want in your life before you make a commitment. It is about setting goals and pursuing activities that give your life meaning. It is about surrounding yourself with positive energy and letting go of the pain of the past. It is about standing in awe when something amazing happens. What can you do right now to simplify your day? Embracing living simply paves the way for physical, emotional and spiritual freedom.
Orchids, Maui, Hawaii
"I simplify to create physical, emotional and spiritual freedom in my life."
Yoga Pose: Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (open variation) Ardha Matsyendrasana
Twisting poses create spinal fluidity and movement freedom. Simplify this seated pose by twisting to the open side and feel the opening of your hips, spine and shoulders.
Foundation. Start in seated Easy Pose. Set your intention.
Move. On an exhalation, cross your right leg over your left thigh, placing your right heel near your left hip. Keep your left foot tucked up near your pelvis, but not under it.
Torso. On an inhalation, lengthen your spine and release your shoulders away from your ear. On an exhalation start to twist to the left from the base of your spine upwards.
Arms. Place your left hand behind your pelvis to help support you from slumping. Set your right hand and elbow to the inside of your right lower leg.
Gaze. Soften your gaze and look over your left shoulder. Hold for several breaths. Allow the breath to fill every part of your torso and back. Exhale to come out of the pose by releasing the twist. Then uncross your right leg. Change to the left side.
B R E A T H E
[Repeat on the other side]