I spent the weekend at the WordPress Press Publish Conference in Portland, Oregon. During my talk on Blogging for Obama, I invited the audience to take a digital wellness moment that included several yoga deep breathing exercises. Much later in the day, I talked to someone about my “Yoga Everyday” approach to living and teaching yoga. It’s pretty simple. I help everyday people incorporate gentle and office yoga into everyday of their lives while often wearing everyday clothing.
#Yogaat50 Lesson 4 is EVERYDAY. My very first yoga teacher Gloria taught me that yoga begins with the breath in 1995. She also encouraged me to practice yoga EVERYDAY by breathing deeply and mindfully. She also encouraged me to add a yoga pose to my daily practice. I have followed her wisdom and continue to share it with my yoga, Reiki, and creativity coaching clients. What does your yoga practice look and feel like?
This month, I am infusing Digital Wellness moments into my yoga practice. Just in case you wanted you know, I define Digital Wellness as “a gift you give yourself to help manage your time online with mindful self-care practices. Mindful self-care practices encourage you to slow down, become aware of how you spend your time online, and identify and take small steps towards having a healthier digital life. Examples include breathing exercises, journaling, massage, meditation, physical movement (walking, running, yoga, and aerobic classes), rest (naps and a good night’s sleep), setting time boundaries, and using time management tools (HootSuite, TweetDeck, and an editorial calendar) to schedule your blog and social media posts” (excerpt from my new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online). Click here for tips on creating a Digital Wellness plan.
Sandy Blaine’s Yoga for Computer Users is a guiding force in my daily yoga practice. Blaine’s book offers illustrated yoga poses and breathing and relaxation techniques that can help you take better care of your neck, shoulders, wrists, and hands. The beautiful thing about the poses and breathing and relaxation techniques is that they can be done at home or in the office. I love the book because it gives you lifestyle suggestions and mindfulness practices that encourage you to unplug from your digital life, make more time for joy in your daily schedule, learn to alternate your mouse hand, and more!
Are you using any yoga poses to take care of yourself while you are online?
Have you created a Digital Wellness plan? What does it include?
Visit Amazon.com to learn more about Digital Sisterhood. It is available for purchase on Kindle and as a paperback and hardback book.
Yoga is a Sanksrit word that means union or connection to all things. It begins with the breath. When I practice yoga, it helps me slow down. It makes me more mindful and allows me to make better choices. Click here to watch my yoga video that includes breathing exercises. Enjoy!
What does yoga do for you?
OM #YogaMonday OM!
PS: If you would like to read about my yoga journey, check out my memoir That Which Awakens Me on Amazon.com. It is available on Kindle.
I know I have been missing in action on this blog for awhile. Where have I been? Twitter and my Facebook Fan page have captured my attention a lot. I have also been posting audio blogs on my Cinchcast page. I will do a better job of posting blog entries this month!
This week I am gearing up for DC Digital Capital Week. It begins on June 11. I am teaching a yoga class for computer users on June 12th at 10:00 am. It will be held in Malcolm X Park in DC. Click on the link for more details: http://yoga.meetup.com/584.
Join me for my June 12th book reading which will be held from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Washingtonia Division, 901 G Street, NW, Room 307 (Washingtoniana Division’s Program Room), Washington, DC (located at Metro Center Station and near Gallery Place Metro Station). I will talk about and sign my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (2009 – http://amzn.to/7zGkGI) and debut novel Love’s Troubadours: Karma – Book One (www.lovestroubadours.com – 2007 – http://amzn.to/bWKCvw). FYI – My books are also available on Amazon.com (http://amzn.to/d4RwQN).
I will be giving another book talk and signing on July 10 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Flow Yoga Center (www.flowyogacenter.com), 1450 P Street, NW (located several blocks from Dupont Circle Metro).
Today I kicked off National Women’s Health Week a few days early. I started with a juicy yoga and meditation practice which focused on incorporating more joy or mudita (a Sanskrit word) in my healthy living practices. Listen to my audio blog below on Cinchcast to learn more about my pledge.
Open your heart this week by taking my kg yoga life practices class on MomTV. This morning I pre-recorded today’s show. The theme is opening your heart with love (prema in Sanskrit) and compassion (karuna in Sanskrit). Click here to watch the show (approximately 24 minutes): http://stickam.com/m0mtv78.
Give yourself the gift of love by taking 15 minutes to watch my yoga class video that explores the power of opening your heart. It includes kind and gentle yoga poses that you can do while sitting in a chair or in your bed. Click here to watch the video: http://stickam.com/anandaleeke.
FYI – My yoga class honors women’s heart health month (celebrated in February) and the people of Haiti. If you learned something from the class, please consider making a donation to Doctors Without Borders to support their work in Haiti: www.doctorswithoutborders.org.
I am teaching two more online yoga classes on February 19 and 26 at 7:00 a.m. EST: http://stickam.com/anandaleeke. I hope you can join me for the classes.