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  • 20 Minute Late for Work Yoga

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    20 Minute Late for Work Yoga

    Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Gal

      I woke up this morning craving something.  I could envision my body stretching, moving, and begging me to get on my yoga mat.  I looked at my watch, my first thought was, and do I really have time today?  And immediately my mind tried to talk me out of doing my practice, telling me no time! No time!  Well 20 minutes really isn't that much time, right?   Sticking with a practice or routine is hard.   Our culture glorifies being busy, and I personally find it difficult to take even an hour for myself. I spend at least 20 minutes a day checking my email, facebook, etc maybe instead I could spend 20 minutes doing something nice for myself?   I started practicing yoga when I was in high school.  Where I went to school yoga journaling counted as a PE credit. So, every morning I would start my day peacefully with a fun yoga class.  It was amazing!  Instantly I noticed that I had more energy, (I felt like I could run everywhere I really don't like running), I was less depressed and studying became easier.  My high school self had it right, she knew what I needed!   It wasn't until a few years ago that I was reintroduced to yoga, and rediscovered my love.  I found out about Lady Niguma Yoga, an Indian woman Yogi taught this practice over a thousand years ago (the Knowledge Base).  I feel it's a practice that most everyone can do! Even better on busy days it can be abbreviated and still you get amazing results.   I can tell the difference between days when I do yoga and days that I don't.  I even did yoga when I was sick, just to get my lymphatic system moving.  When I do yoga my days tend to be better, go smoother, and I find it easier to finish projects.  I find that I am more patient and less stressed (not to mention a little more toned).  Give yourself 20 minutes; it will make a huge difference in your day.   I even found a video of a 20 minute Lady Niguma Yoga Class on Youtube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VQPyJzCT78       special thank you to Adam Andrade for the photos  
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  • How to Make Anything More Meaningful

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    Dressing up your Motivation- How to Make Anything More Meaningful

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      I'm up, I'm dressed, and headed to work filled with dread and loathing for the day. Something needs to change, how do I make each day into something more meaningful?   Try taking some quiet time just for yourself first thing in the morning. Get your coffee, your oatmeal, or just sit for a bit.  Really you can do this at any point in the day, just take a few minutes ("bathroom break"!) and sit and think about what it is you're dreading or why you feel less than enthusiastic.   Think to yourself why am I doing what I'm doing?  Usually why we're doing something is for a selfish reason, and it takes a lot to just acknowledge that and not to lie to yourself. For example,  I'm up today because I have to go to work, I'm going to work because I want money, I'm drinking coffee 'cause I like it, or I'm helping someone because I want them to like me.  Get to the most basic motive of why you are doing what you're doing.   Next, in your mind take your reason for doing what your doing to the end of the day, picture yourself just about to fall asleep, you can no longer work–you're too tired, you can't get the person to like you–you're too sleepy, you can't make money anymore.  What type of impression or day would you like to have had?   Picture your day and the people around you during that time, how will you doing what you're doing help you in the long run–how will it help them?  I went to work today and I really got to help a lot of people, I was able to help them find the things that they needed and I made money so that I am able to live in a nice place and eat food that will aid me tomorrow so that I can help more people.  Wow, I'm sure glad I had that coffee this morning! I might have been mean to my co-workers without it, and that could have really ruined their day and mine.  Or you could say wow I'm glad I didn't drink that coffee today it would have kept me up all night and made me anxious and mean both today at work and tomorrow!  I went and helped Gracie today, hoping that she would like me, why do I want her to like me?  I feel like if she likes me I could offer a lot to the company and my opinions would be heard and therefore I would be helping everyone a lot more.   After you picture what type of day you want to leave behind, get up and go do what ever it is you were picturing.  Not only will you find that it's easier to do the task at hand, but with your motivation dressed up you will find your day to be a lot more meaningful.   Readjust your motives–it will help you to understand why you do the things you do and ultimately help you to be a better, more balanced, and more meaningful person. Two happy girls

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