Hello there friends!
February was a bit of a hard slog wasn’t it? Although I try not to wish my life away, I’m glad its over and we’re finally into Spring. Here’s a roundup of some of the things I got up to in February…
With the short days and cold blustery weather, February was a time for comfort food for this little camper. You may already know that I decided to go meat free as of January 2017 and I’m having a great time discovering new recipes. Take a look at my Instagram page, My Veggie Year and follow my journey. I’ve also been all about warming, comforting things like tea and crumpets, pancakes with maple syrup and porridge for breakfast. Winter has to have some rewards!
One of the things I’ve been working on this year is taking more time for myself. Just to stop rushing, meditate, take a Pilates or a yoga class, or just go for a walk with my dog or a coffee with a friend. Here are just a few of my go to Pilates moves for releasing the stress and tension and finding your peace, even if it is just for 15 minutes in your day. You can do these in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy!
Extension over the Swiss Ball.
Sit on the floor with the ball behind you. You might find it easier to have the ball against a wall. Edge yourself back so you are leaning against the ball. Supporting your head in your hands, slowly and gently extend the upper spine over the ball. Keep your neck long and lift the chest towards the ceiling. Keep the sit bones grounded. Stay here for a few breaths if possible. Engage your abdominals gently as you bring yourself back to sit upright.
If you don't have a Swiss Ball, try sitting in a chair and putting a sturdy pillow or cushion between the chair and your mid-upper back instead.
Knee Rolls with Head Turn.
Lie on your back with the knees bent and feet flat on the floor and about hip distance apart. Open your arms out to the sides with the palms facing the ceiling. Gently let the knees fall to the right, allowing the feet and the hips to peel off the mat. At the same time, let the head turn to the left. Breathe into the left hand side of your body. Gently bring the knees back to the centre. Repeat to the other side.
Child's Pose (or Rest Position).
NOTE: Avoid this pose if you have knee issues.
Begin on your hands and knees. Hands are under shoulders and knees under hips. Bring the feet a little closer together, keeping the knees apart. As you exhale, sink your bottom down towards your feet, letting the arms lengthen along the floor in front of you. If possible, let your sit bones come all the way down to your heels and your forehead to the floor, resting your chest on your thighs. Stay here for a few deep breaths, allowing the back and sides of your ribcage to expand and contract with each breath. To come out of the pose, exhale and tuck your tailbone under, rolling up through the spine to re-stack one vertebra on top of the other, coming back onto the knees.
I treated myself to a new pair of Mahabis slippers and I’m in love! I wanted something that I could wear both at home and in the studio on those long teaching days when I’m on my feet for hours. They are so comfy and I am living in them at the moment. I love the removable rubber soles too. You can check them out for yourself here.
I hope you've all had a wonderful February. What did you get up to? I'd love to know!