Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Sleep and Its Importance.

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Remember the days when Mom used to say 'Time for bed!'. I personally feel the older we grow, the less we are bound to little instructions like this. No rules and definitely, no bed time. During my teens, I can recollect the many times I felt exhilarated because I could sleep whenever I want to without being watched over. Today, I have changed my opinion completely. I am convinced that sleep is the medicine to all wounds(physical, mental or emotional). Probably, the effect of intense yoga practices and teaching. I am nobody to tell you what is the right or wrong number of hours to sleep and I'm definitely not here to instruct you on how/when/where to sleep or to impose a bed time. Everyone has a different lifestyle, working hours and health conditions. I'm also aware some people have a FOMO (fear of missing out) and have an urge to be glued to their phones. Suit yourself and go to bed whenever you fancy a beauty sleep. The bottom line is, no one is to be forced, sleep is a choice and sleep according to your body's willingness. From my personal observation and feelings, let me share my thoughts of having a good snooze time.

Benefits


  • Clear, healthy and glowing skin - Isn't that every girl's dream. Our skin cells repair and rejuvenate while we sleep, resulting in a fresher and youthful complexion. It's called beauty sleep for an obvious reason.
  • Allowing your body to heal - My work revolves around my body. All parts of my body are twisted, squeezed, bent, lifted, balanced and etc. I'm prone to injuries if I forget to be kind towards my body (I learnt that the hard way). I noticed how sleep made the pain from the injuries to subside. That's how I learnt that sleep can be a therapy for natural healing to take place.
  • An opportunity to forget - All of us including myself carry an emotional baggage, worries, fears and some forms of sorrow. There were many times I would go to bed thinking 'Okay! I'm going to give up because this is too much to handle' and need I tell you how we cry ourselves to sleep some days. Have you noticed that you feel a tad bit better when you wake up, or at least some energy to pull yourself up? Although you may have not experienced baby-like sleep but sleep is an opportunity to shut everything down, forget your existence for a couple of hours and rest your mind. Or at least your body can relax from hours and hours of emotional wreckage.
  • Recharge your batteries -  Sleeping and resting allows your system to reboot and restart. As tech savvy as that may sound, sleep restores your energy levels so that you will be able to start off a new day. 
  • Time for re-balance - Little chemical reactions inside our body makes us a complete person. While you're asleep, your internal organs get to perform its optimum function without interference from any external/physical activities. This way, the 10 different systems in our body re-balance and tries to bring it to a favorable state. Illness, diseases and disorders are results of your systems going out of balance. So, try your best to catch up with sleep. 
  • Sleep meditation - Anything you focus on is meditation. And the outcome of meditation is calmness and an overall feeling of relaxation. So, while sleeping your body and mind is doing nothing but resting and replenishing without involving intense concentration. Isn't that like meditation which requires much lesser effort? Don't get me started on the Beta and Alpha states of the brain during sleep which is a clear evidence for meditational state. 

All I need for before a good sleep are fresh, clean sheets and a nice, chilly room. Of course, spending a couple of minutes scrolling down my Instagram page, watching The Ellen Show and the ladies on The Real  crack me up with their humor while they keep it REAL. That's how I end my night. Well, it may not be a super duper yogic way to put yourself to sleep but hey! A girl needs the comfort of her favorite talk shows. So, you there! Make sure your get your sleep tonight and wake up gorgeous tomorrow. Till then, I'm sending you light and love.  

~M~

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Dear Blog, Happy Birthday!


Bliss with Yoga turns ONE today! It wouldn't be a birthday without some chocolatey goodness and sprinkles. 365 days ago, I remember posting my very first blog post titled 'A Fresh Start' and no turning back ever since. This journey has taught me many lessons, blessed me with exciting opportunities and allowed me to connect with people in real life and from the Internet. I started out with only 5 followers(who were all friends) and today, it has reached 250 followers and I don't even have that many friends in real life. Of course, I had my share of ups and downs but everything happens for a reason, right? Before I pour my heart out further, take a look at the photo below if you would like to try this super quick eggless brownies recipe.


























Time to spill the tea. Maintaining a blog, creating contents and sticking to a schedule while trying to make a living, pursuing yoga and living a yogic lifestyle is super challenging. As this day was approaching, I was going back and forth trying to decide what will my be next step. While recovering from my wrist injuries, experiencing a sudden collapse of my immune system and battling with depression for the past one month and a half, I took a lot of time to reflect and draw a conclusion. There were many times I thought probably, I should delete the blog because I wasn't sure I could handle the commitment and continue to deliver enthusiastically. I have total admiration towards the bloggers who have been maintaining their pages for years and continue to do it passionately. I questioned myself if I have the capacity to be like them. That was my 'AHA!' moment. I cannot live the life of others and this is not a competition. If the thought of beginning a yoga blog came to me a year ago, perhaps I've been put through this journey for a purpose and maybe I should try one more time.

So, the blog will continue its course but where do I take it from here? I looked at the name of my blog. Bliss with Yoga. Do I still agree with this name? Definitely, NO! I don't mean it in a bad way but I doubt that it has been blissful throughout. Living a yogini's life is absolutely complicated and difficult(I'll save that bit of story for another time). Another 'AHA!' moment. Can you tell that I'm really into Oprah? Well, that's what this space has been missing. I feel the need to stop sugar coating things and keep it REAL. I should be honest about my experiences. It's the only way to truly connect with people. If I claim my blog to be equivalent to my home, so I should transparent and contribute my best efforts. HATE maybe a harsh word, but no other ways to say this. I hate doing anything halfheartedly. That's the verdict, I'm taking a new direction in my blogging journey.

On this lovely day, I appreciate all the souls that have supported and contributed to the growth of my blog. I send gratitude to my teachers, students and friends who continue to inspire me and constantly pushing me to go the extra mile. Ah! A special shout out to the haters because if it wasn't for you, I would stop loving myself every day. On a much exciting note, I am inviting all the wonderful yogis around the world to join me in the March Yoga Challenge, building our way through handstands. I love to be upside down! I will be posting my poses on Instagram every day. Be sure to follow me @a_yoginis_life and post your attempt using the #journeytohandstand. Toodles!

~M~