Happy May! To get the month started, I’ve created a yoga and wellness checklist for my followers. I invite you to switch up your routine and try some new things this month. You may find something you like!
How many things can you check off?
Practice a new style of yoga (Vinyasa, Yin, etc.)
Practice visualization (close your eyes and think of your favorite place)
Meditate for 5 minutes
Close your eyes and listen to a sound-healing meditation (I love finding videos on YouTube. Check this one out)
Dedicate your yoga practice to yourself
Dedicate your yoga practice to someone else that you want to send love and positive energy to
Put together a playlist of your favorite songs (maybe practice yoga to it, play it in the car, listen in the shower. Find some of mine here.)
Practice yoga in a new space (roll out your mat in a different room in your house, try a new studio, get outside)
Tell someone how much they mean to you AND show them
Make a gratitude list
Deep breathing exercise (come to an easy seat or lay down, place one hand to your heart and the other to your stomach. Inhale for the count of 4, hold it at the top, and then exhale out for the count of 4. Continue until you reach a 6 or 7 count)
Give someone a compliment
Smile at a stranger
Get rid of something you no longer need (spring cleaning time!)
Create boundaries (this will look different for everyone)
Happy May! Tag me in your ‘May Checklist’ pics! Follow me on Instagram here and use #MayChecklist
In honor of Thanksgiving, I am putting together a gratitude journal. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle, but it’s important to take a moment and appreciate everything we have. I have included daily prompts for your journal leading up to Thanksgiving and invite you all to participate.
If you would like to share what you are grateful for, please share with me on Instagram and tag me @geenicolette!
Gratitude Journal Prompts:
Monday, November 19th
Write a list of 10 things you are grateful for
Tuesday, November 20th
Write a list of 10 people you are grateful for
Wednesday, November 21st
Think of three different obstacles or challenges you’ve faced in the past year and how you are learning from them. How have these challenges made you a better person?
Thursday, November 22nd
What is a tradition that you are grateful for (this can even be a new tradition you are starting)?
Sometimes traveling or being away from our homes can make us feel a little uneasy. My yoga class intention for last week was about finding home in your mind and body. There are some places we visit that remind us how much we miss home and there’s some yoga postures that make us feel uneasy (camel & wheel for me).
During these times, it’s important to focus on the things that ground us. Our breath, intention, a person, place, etc. If you feel like you’re searching for grounding while being away either mentally or physically, I have a few tips to share!
1. Get into a routine
I’ve noticed that a routine helps my mind and body stay on track. Maybe that’s finding a gym, yoga studio, or reading a few chapters from your book each night.
2. Journal & Meditate
Take some time to slow down and journal. Journaling helps me process my feelings, emotions, but also write down a gratitude list. If you need a little inspiration on what to write about, you can find the meditation journal I use here.
Sometimes you need to feed your soul. Find a coffee shop or bakery and treat yourself to a coffee, tea, or in my case, a cookie dough cupcake! Maybe read a magazine, listen to your favorite playlist or a podcast while your enjoying your treat.