Self care is all about taking time out of your day to fill your own cup and tune in to how you are feeling in your mind and body. A self care ritual can be anything from something as simple as sitting down with a hot drink or even brushing your teeth, to a slow yoga flow or a long hot bath. There are no rules, it is simply about doing something for yourself. Here are 4 self care practices to inspire your self care routine:
Qi gong is an ancient Chinese ritual that combines breathing techniques, meditation and movement to stimulate an energetic flow in the body. Qi stands for vital energy, while gong translates to cultivation or work, so the name “Qi Gong” roughly translates to cultivation of energy or energy work. With slow controlled movements paired with breathing exercises Qi Gong helps you stimulate the flow of energy in the body.
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Sound healing or sound journeys are healing rituals that use sound vibrations to relax your mind and body. The sound from the crystal bowls, singing bowls and other sacred instruments can shift frequencies in our bodies from low energy to higher vibrations, to help us transform our energy from low feelings such as guilt and sorrow to higher feelings of joy and happiness. Sound healing uses sacred instruments or voice guidance to release energetic blockages to promote a state of ease and harmony in the body.
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Yoga is a great self care tool and ritual. The practice covers a wide range of styles, but what all of them have in common is that they connect your mind, breath and body to foster feelings of balance and connection to yourself. Try a slow Yin class to nurture self love and compassion towards yourself or a faster paced flow to boost energy.
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Breathwork is the practice of intentionally changing your breathing pattern for a short period, often paired with mantras or a meditation practice to promote feelings of peace and reduce stress and anxiety. The way we breathe and the thoughts we have influence our energetic state and our wellbeing, breathing techniques can help us shift our mindset and actually transition us from operating in our sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight mode) to our parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest mode) and vice versa. We spend a lot of time in high stress environments and being able to intentionally affect our nervous system and our stress responses to reduce feelings of fear anxiety and stress can be hugely beneficial to our overall well being.
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The Self Care Space is your online wellness hub for you to come and top up your self care. With 100+ on demand videos including yoga flows, pilates classes, yin yoga therapy classes, guided meditations, sound healing, breath work, self care rituals and more, any time you can come to the library, select your choice of self care and pad out some time in your day to look after yourself.
Whether you enjoy a 10 minute gentle stretch in the morning or a full yoga class in the evening, the library is your access to your daily wellbeing.
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