The word ‘yoga’ in Sanskrit means “to join”. It is the unity of body, mind and soul. The combination of both physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements gives Yoga a unique holistic nature when it comes to approaching our health & wellbeing.

“Nurturing yourself is not selfish – it’s essential to your survival and your wellbeing.” ~ Renee Peterson Trudeau

Unfortunately in today’s society we don’t dedicate enough time to our holistic health, this means a focus on ALL areas of our health. We might focus on weight loss or building muscle, but rarely do we consider all areas of our health a priority.

Whilst ‘self care’ may seem like a buzz term at the moment, it’s actually a vital part of our overall health and needs to be a regular part of our routine. A holistic approach to our health means we apply as much emphasis on our physical as our mental, looking for ways to find balance between energising and relaxing.

The importance of Self Care

Remember to fill your cup, because you can’t pour from an empty cup.

Treatments like massage, complimentary health practices, physical exercise and ‘time out’ are often considered an indulgence and therefore rarely made a priority.

A holistic approach is achieved through physical exercise, relaxation, breathing techniques, meditation, proper diet and cleansing practices. The right combination, which is different for everyone, will help us gain better health, peace, tranquility, positive thinking, a steady mind, energy and inner strength. By approaching our overall health and wellbeing from a place of balance we also gain self-awareness and self-acceptance.

So, how can you approach your health in a more balanced and holistic way? Do you always tend towards a dynamic yoga class rather than a yin practice? Perhaps this month you could explore mixing up your usual routine and noticing how this makes you feel.

Schedule in some time for self care, making it a priority not an indulgence. Book that massage, try that alternative therapy, find time to sit and reflect or simply read a book and relax.

We are kick starting the season of Spring with our 21 Day Yoga & Self Care Challenge. We invite you to join us for 21 classes in 21 days and encourage you to mix up your practice with a balance of both our yin & yang classes. You will also receive a daily health tip to help you make self care a regular part of your routine.

‘Health’ is your power.

This month at Kula Yoga we are focusing on all aspects of your health, both on and off the mat. Perhaps set yourself up with a positive affirmation. This could be one for the month or a different positive statement each week or day. We just encourage you to keep it consistently on the theme of ‘Health’. An example is ‘I create good health by talking about and thinking about my wellness.’ 

Explore and create your own.

We look forward to seeing you on the mat this month where our teachers will weave our theme of ‘health is my power’ into their classes and teachings.

Sweat, stretch & smile!
Team Kula

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About the author: Andy is a qualified Yoga Therapist & Teacher. She is Communications Manager at Kula Yoga, co-founder of YogaMamas and runs her own small Yoga Therapy business on the Bellarine Peninsula. Andy is also a health & wellness blogger, hobby photographer and mama of 3!
Photo credit: Kula teacher Sacha Flanagan by Andybbear Photography

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