For my independent learning project I am researching the art of being happy and how to teach that. This week I have doing a lot of research on the physical strength and how it relates to happiness. Obviously when we exercise endorphins get released to make us happy, but how do we keep those happy thoughts going all day?
Something that I have always been very interested in is yoga. It is wonderful for your body and mind. By doing yoga at least once a day I am able to keep my good mode going throughout the day. If I am having a bad day, I will take a break for an hour and roll out my mat and just tune out the rest of the world and just be present with my mind and body.
The practice of yoga is based on the seven chakras of a person. The chakras are in order front he ground up: The root, the sacral, the solar plexus, the heart, the throat, the eye, and the crown. These are each represented with a different color and body part, they serve many different functions for keeping your body in line with the mind and keeping your mind happy.
For this week I am going to do a personal yoga challenge for myself. In the past I was able to practice yoga two or three times a day, but with life getting in the way I have fallen out of my practices and I have noticed a difference in my inner self and how my life has started to progress. It is scattered and seems out of control sometimes, so I want to get that control back. My yoga challenge will be, I will practice yoga AT LEAST once a day Monday through Sunday for the next 30 days. I believe that after the 30 days are up I will want to continue this regardless, so 30 days is just a time for me to become motivated again.
I also predict that as the challenge progresses I will start to see improvements in my sleep, eating habits, other forms of excessive, and generally mood improving. I hope to release a lot of stress that I have built up, and hope that my inner speech about myself and others will improve. I have downloaded an app on my phone that walks you through yoga sequences, so it is like having a yoga studio in your home!
Stay tuned to see my results and progress here on my blog! As always stay happy! 🙂