Winter is upon us in full force; the sharp nip in the air and damp atmosphere can make it more tempting to snuggle by the fire (or in bed – early mornings can be a struggle!) with a warming beverage than to venture out for a yoga class. Like many things in life, however, self-care is not something that should remain hidden away over winter.
Those who drive a car will be all too familiar with the maintenance and services required, starting with the simple tasks that you do yourself, like refilling with petrol and checking tyre pressure. However, small details – like a rattling noise, unusual smell, or warning light that just won’t go away, no matter how hard you try to ignore it – require expert assistance from a mechanic. Out of necessity, we have the work done. You might be wondering what this discussion of car maintenance has to do with yoga. Other than being the means of getting you to and from class, it might not seem relevant! Yet, there are countless similarities between the human body and the modern car.
Everyday life is increasingly hectic, with many of us fitting more and more into each day. It is worthwhile considering that we may be more in tune with our electronic devices and cars than with our bodies. For a minute, think of your body as your car. Niggling aches, pains and stiffness, irritability, anxiety and insomnia are the human equivalents of the rattling noises and warning lights in your car when something is not right. For how long would you ignore these signs in your car, whilst the problem potentially worsens? A week? A month? A year? Most probably, you would deal with the problem as soon as time and money allowed. The same goes for your body; even small symptoms are your body telling you that it is time for a service.
Scheduling regular time out is essential for overall wellbeing. Take the time to “tune up’ your body as you would your car, keeping it running smoothly. After all, your body is the vehicle that enables you to show love for family and friends, dream, work for your goals, and achieve!
Yoga can help to alleviate physical symptoms; aches, pains and stiffness may be overcome by gentle stretching and movement. Even more importantly, the classes at Yoga Garage help you to connect with your body and your mind, enabling you to identify your body’s unique needs and capabilities.
So… brave the cold and come along to a class where you can practice in a heated space, overlooking the misty Adelaide hills. Afterwards, make the time for that warming drink and nourish your soul with time spent with friends or reading your favourite book. Like your car, your body will soon tell you what it needs, and you will hear it.
Join Karen Gunter for a 2-hour Yin Yoga Wellness Workshop to open your body, mind and heart so you can let the winter months fuel you with goodness.
Thursday 20th July, 6:30-8:30pm
Nunyara Chapel, 5 Burnell Drive, Belair, South Australia