Whether you’re new to Modo yoga or it’s your go-to practice space, understanding the community and what it’s built on will help you appreciate it more as well as help you understand how to go deeper into your practice and cultivate a more mindful life. Moksha/Modo Yoga (Moksha in Canada, Modo in the US) was founded and grew based off seven pillars. The seven pillars are as follows: Be Healthy, Be Accessible, Live Green, Community Support, Reach Out, Live to Learn, and Be Peace.
Follow the Inspired Life Blog as we dive into what each pillar means and how to live it out in your life.
One of our favorite wellness trends lately has been the adaption of a healthy lifestyle as so much more than working out. Defining health as an all encompassing part of our lives continues to gain traction. At Modo, we believe that a healthy lifestyle leads to better choices leading to a more fulfilling life. Body shame or simply concerns have become too common, we’ve decided 2017 is the year to embrace and honor our bodies while fueling them to be the best they can.
So what are some ways to up your health game this year and live out this pillar? Below is a list, look through it and choose 1, 2, 5 or all of them to try, then let us know how it goes!
- Pick an exercise you like and stick to it. Obviously, our preference is yoga but the best type of workout is one you will actually do. Maybe you miss high school sports; join an intramural league. Maybe you love high intensity but a solo practice; vinyasa yoga could be for you. Also, try Googling “best time of day to workout” and you will find millions of articles with varying opinions. Again, the time of day you can and will workout trumps any scientific reason to pick a certain time of day (especially since no consensus has been reached).
- Don’t give into the gimmicks. If something seems too good to be true when it comes to your health, it probably is. Wouldn’t we all love it if we could get fit by shaking a weight for five minutes a day? But that’s just not realistic. Health is a process. Set milestones along the way to a big goal, so you know that you’re making progress even though the end goal may still be far away.
- Shift your mentality around food. Of course this is easier said than done, but consider this: You go to yoga for an hour then “reward” yourself with a doughnut. Try thinking about it like this: nurturing our bodies is not seeing junk food as a reward but rather a punishment. See fruits and vegetables and other delicious and healthy snacks as a reward.
- Give yourself a break. Although the more we start to think of healthy food as a reward, the better, no work out routine or nutrition plan needs to be perfect. When you let go of perfection, you will be able to fully enjoy the “junk food” you choose to eat or completely relish in your rest day.
- Work with a dietitian. If you are finding that the foods you are eating aren’t fueling you properly, try working with a dietitian to find out why; it could be that you’re intolerant to a food (people can even be intolerant to unsuspecting, healthy foods) or a different type of diet like vegetarian or Mediterranean could suit you better. You can often receive a referral to a dietitian so it’s covered by your health insurance, just be sure to look for a certified expert (it doesn’t require certification in many states to call yourself a nutritionist).
- Cultivate a healthy mind. Yes, meditation is definitely a buzzword in the wellness community, but for good reason. Meditating allows the mind to let go as well as gives the body a chance to breathe and just focus on taking in fresh oxygen. Having a hard time getting started? Try downloading a meditation app (e.g., Calm, Headspace, The Mindfulness App, etc.), doing a guided meditation, or going for a walking meditation. And there is no length requirement; do what works for you.
- Pay attention to the products you use. This can often take people by surprise but the products you use can have a huge impact on your health. Many common products, everything from make up to perfume to cleaning products, are filled with toxins (note the United States, as of late 2015, had only banned 11 chemicals, while the EU banned 1,328 chemicals from cosmetic products). The environmental working group has lots of information available on their website (http://www.ewg.org/) as well as an app (Healthy Living) where you can scan your beauty products to see their toxicity level. Start to recognize where you can choose products more wisely in 2017 (be on the look out for more blog posts about this too!).