Hi Balanced Beauties!
Becoming balanced is something that takes work. It takes commitment, determination, self awareness and well..plain old work!
Before starting my yoga classes, I ask my students to set their intention for class that day. I always ask my students “What brought you here to your mat today?” with the hopes their answer will help them find their intention for the class. So whether their personal intention is to let go of stress/anxiety, become more flexible, lose weight or simply take time to reset, everyone is coming to the yoga practice with an intention in mind. I remind them that throughout the practice, when they feel as if they want to give up, or are feeling discomfort in a certain pose, to come back to their intention that they set for themselves in the beginning of class. Sometimes bringing their intention back, helps them find the determination or motivation to hold the pose for just one more breath and reminds them why they are taking the yoga class to begin with!
“Setting intentions” can be applied for any workout, passion or hobby in my opinion (not only yoga). People are choosing to do something positive because there is a purpose in mind, a goal in mind. I take this approach of “setting intentions” off my yoga mat as well and apply it to the real world.
With that being said, I set intentions not only in my yoga practice, but in my life. One of my main intentions in my personal life was to become more balanced, and to me, that went hand in hand with a more positive life. So what are the steps to finding balance and becoming more positive? After six years of practicing yoga and becoming more mindful, I’ve found that balance goes hand in hand with letting go of things that no longer serve me.
I wanted to share with you some changes I’ve made when starting my intention of seeking a more balanced life:
For me, i’ve always loved friends, family and boyfriends extremley deeply. I love people, hard! As a result, i’ve had some good relationships and some toxic relationships. One step towards becoming all around balanced and freeing myself from negativity was learning that it is okay to let go of things that do not give me purpose or prohibit me from growing. For me, this started with eliminating places and certain things, but mainly people (relationships) that held me down.
So how did I just magically kick all of these people out of my life? Well, I didn’t. I think the first step for me was finding out the people who triggered certain emotions that were not healthy. There were people in my life that wanted me to fail. There were people who loved me, but did not love themselves and as a result, their actions were unintentionally painful. This took me a LONG time, but once I allowed myself to let go of these relationships that were weighing me down, I felt free.
With a lot of self reflection, I’ve found a lot of peace in letting go of things, people or places that do not serve my life in a positive way. This was certainly not easy, and may of originally caused me a lot of pain in the process. For me, letting go has lead to a more positive mindset and a more balanced life. I no longer look for the quantity of people in my life, but overall quality. For me, positive relationships in my life served as the core to starting a more balanced life. Always remember that you are who you surround yourself with, so choose your people and your persons wisely <3
So there was one of my many intentions! What is something you want to work on to become more balanced? Set your intention and take it with you into your week.
I have been loving (and always loved) big sweater dresses paired with high boots. These extra large/oversized sweaters can be worn with leggings, flats and a scarf once the weather gets a little cooler. This cream sweater was purchased last year at Urban Outfitters. This green oversized sweater is from Express. However, you can find a similar look to these anywhere. Here are some oversized sweaters/sweater dresses that I love:
These over the knee boots are amazing! I can honestly walk in them all day. They are from DSW, but I purchased them last year. I just found them on last call.