Yep we are officially in Winter, the days are cold, we’re experiencing more rain, and more and more people tend to be sneezing and coughing.
Day’s are colder and darker, you wake up wanting to stay that little longer in bed, and when you leave the house you can see sparkling frost on the ground. Naturally we become more “Yin” during Winter, meaning we become more passive, receptive and are more internally focused. It is a time to nourish ourselves through self-love and reserve our energy.
Breathe and Self Heal
Like the season itself Winter is wild and unpredictable, and so with this uncertainty in our environment we can feel unsettled and imbalanced. Taking the time to slow down can be of great importance to listen to our breath and become more grounded. Through standing meditations learned through The Tension Release Technique with Movement Monk Benny Fergusson I have learnt to connect my bodies movement with my breath, to be able to centre through my feet and then communicate with my body to release tension by guiding the breath and movement throughout the body.
By governing our energy stores through meditation and the breath this enables us to better adapt to change, and environmental influences. It isÂ a way to stimulate our parasympathetic nervous system to relax the body and moderate the â€œfight or flightâ€ response stressors. Similar feelings come from when we are physically and psychologically connected with Nature! By developing our parasympathetic nervous system we can also develop our whole body connection and brains ability to learn, and self-heal from sickness and injury.
Strengthen from the Ground up
With an unpredictable environment and body, we can feel as though we’re losing control of ourselves, anxiety and fear can be developed predominantly in our backs, neck and shoulders to try and cope with these uncertainties. As well as training the breath and finding peace through internal awareness we can also develop our balance and coordination. Aligning the body through exercises to assist with coordination and strengthening through our core system to feel strength and regain energy to move through those obstacles for personal growth and contentment.
Nourish Body and Soul
Nourishment in movement is important to regain and reserve energy, but another way is to nourish our bodies with good and wholesome food. Look into what is in season in your local area. Cook your meals from scratch so you can be mindful of what your body is needing and the ingredients you’re planning to eat. Your eating experience becomes so much more healing when you go through this experience.
Another great way to stay motivated in the colder months is to get social! No I definitely don’t mean on social media but physically catch up with friends or family and enroll them in your fitness goals and you connect with theirs, there’s nothing more enjoyable then getting those endorphins pumping and sharing the feeling with a friend.
Adventure Personal Training offers Two FREE run/walking groups to help motivate you each morning to move your bodies and connect with a like-minded community.
We also have a special workshop targeted to keen photographers looking at how to best capture the seasonal change. Be guided through mindfulness meditation and learn from professional photographer Simon Maddock from On Patrol PhotographyÂ on how to capture not just an image but an entire experience. The workhop will be held at Sorrento Back Beach, July 30.
For details and bookings Â on run/walking groups and Capturing the Seasons please contact jade on 0431302634 or e-mail jade.dv@hotmailcom