Well – my „30 days of aerial yoga every morning before my first coffee“ challenge ended, like, 20 days ago. And until now, I’ve been sticking with this morning practice. I haven’t skipped a single day. Still not sure I can feel big changes, but I think my digestion became a bit more regular (if you haven’t been aware of it until now: our digestive system is so much more intertwined with our psyche than one would imagine).
Here’s another short video of a part of my practice – using the hammock to find my balance in a handstand (if you can’t see the video, there’s a short version of it on instagram as well: https://instagram.com/p/3YLezxPXBF/?taken-by=missninjacookie)
I have two things in mind that I want to try next:
Number one is a piece of advice that I got from my yoga teacher a while ago… she told me to just try and „smile mechanically, even if you don’t feel like it. Your mood will follog your posture or, in this case, your facial expression at some point“. So maybe I’ll try to smile during my morning practice and see if that has any effect on how I feel afterwards.
Number two is probably going to be its own 30 day challenge – „finally create a regular meditation practice“! I’ve been meditating on and off for some time and I really do like it, I never managed to stick to it for more than a couple of weeks in a row though. There are SO many studies out there that show how meditation can affect your mood and really make a difference for someone with depression (and other kinds of mental disorders).
There’s literally thousands of articles on this subject, for example this one:
or this one:
and a German one:
Maybe the problem is that I haven’t found the perfect method for myself yet, but there’s a whole chapter on meditation in one of my favorite books, „Yoga for Depression“ by Amy Weintraub (I’m planning to write an review on that one… sometime soon, hopefully), so when give it another go I’ll try and integrate some of that advice.
But for now, I think I’ll just grab my coffee and go back to bed. Happy bank holiday to the happy peeps in Bavaria :D