We have been so very lucky here in the UK, it is mid-April and we have had such delightfully warm, sunny weather. I am grateful, as I moved back in with my parents when I had my health knock-up last year, so I have been greatly enjoying their garden, our family dog, and the green woodland surrounding the house. I lived in London, in a flat before this which barely had much light, so I am really soaking up the sunshine, counting my blessings and being thankful that I am in the countryside with my family.
Each morning, I have been doing yoga/pilates in the garden for the past weeks, and it has been so wonderful for my health. It is an absolute luxury and joy to be able to physically, and to have the time and space to do so. I just love that part of the day, as it helps me switch off and tune in to a more calm world. I adore yoga and feel it has massively helped me physically, mentally and spiritually.
I love how each time I practice, I learn something new about my body, myself, my mind and where I'm at in life. Yoga is not competitive, and it is a great reminder of this when some days my body has been unable to get into poses I can usually do. It is simply a tuning in, a re-connect with your mind, body, soul - and it feels really amazing for it.
Pilates especially helps my anxiety, I have noticed, as your brain has to be on the repetitive counting cycles and breath - a tip for any fear-roaming minds! This week, I have been focusing a lot on building and maintaining my core strength and leg resistance training. I tend to use my memory of pilates and yoga classes, however I did do a class from Lululemon's Youtube Video which was so uplifting and energising, and have loved Lottie Murphy, the incredible pilates teacher's youtube classes to top up on resistance-training poses.
Exercise every morning really helps me have something to wake up for, something to look forward to and something to build me up each day. I really recommend doing as little as you can if you can. Plus, exercise can be anything that challenges your body. So don't be too hard on yourself and do whatever feels enough for you.