The term "self-care" has become en vogue and glamorised lately. I believe It's important at this point to establish what is self-care and what is self-indulgence. As much as I am an advocate of hot chocolate and bubble baths, I believe there is much more to self-care, and I'm afraid not all of it is as cosy or easy.
I believe self-care is a daily practice, one that is a deliberate, intentional, sometimes even challenging process of tending to the mind, body and spirit, or what I like to call "mindful hedonism".
Self-care is an essential aspect of life. It might not look like it does on Instagram, but for millions of people, acts of self-care are a daily necessity and commitment. It means doing things that aren’t so immediately gratifying, but will end up improving your life.
I have decided to tie these ideas into yoga philosophy over the next handful of articles. These days more than ever I see so many big influences of an eastern way of life and mindset finally filtering into our chaotic western lifestyle. I believe this is because it is a much more sustainable, simple and balanced approach to life.
Yoga is so much more than the physical postures you see, hear about or practice yourself. The movements are just one of 8 limbs of yoga, laid out in the ancient yoga scripture " The Yoga Sutras", which was written in 400 CE by Hindu sage, Patanjali. These 8 components have stood the test of time as a step-by-step guide to achieving a more blissful and harmonious life.
In these articles I will make these guidelines both accessible and relevant to our modern, busy lives.
It's time to give yourself some attention and love, to help you 'live your best life*' Disclaimer *(this phrase was cool when I wrote this).
Watch this space to be lead down these 8 limbs, one precious limb at a time.