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You kicked off 2019 full steam ahead! January and February were all about getting clear on your intentions and working towards your goals with unwavering ambition. Now, as we enter a new month with Mercury retrograde in our spiritual wheelhouse, you are being asked to slow down a bit and reconnect with your inner world.
Wait, did someone say slow down? You heard (or read) me right. March is your time to rest, reflect, and refresh. Just as an effective fitness regimen calls for rest days in order to gain the most from your physical workouts, so does your mind.
How can Mercury retrograde give your mental being that much-needed rest day? Mercury—the planet that rules your mind—goes into retrograde in the sign of Pisces throughout the month of March. This is when you need to take a step back in order to stay aligned with your 2019 intentions. Think of this month as your personal check-in time for your mind, body, and soul.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are some of my favorite tips and spots around Denver to help you embrace rest—and this month’s retrograde:
Yin Yoga is the complement to the traditional vinyasa style “flow” yoga we love so much. It is a more meditative approach to yoga in which you are holding restorative poses for longer periods of time to release the tension in your mind and body. Try an evening Yin Yoga class at Karma Yoga. Or if you can’t yet break away from the flow, try a Vin-Yin class at Oasis—which infuses both a vinyasa and yin style class in 60 relaxing minutes.
When your mind is overstimulated your ability to relax and stabilize your emotions does not function effectively. That can create a “flight or fight” response to even the smallest trigger. Denver traffic, maybe? In order to break this mental-emotional pattern, you must reduce the amount of stimulation around you and focus on stillness. For ultimate calm, try a float tank session at A New Spirit, where you can learn about (and experience) a revolutionary scientific approach to deep relaxation called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique (or R.E.S.T.). If floating isn’t your thing, try VibroAcoustic Sound Therapy (VAT) at Vive Float Studio. This innovative approach to reducing stress uses mild sound and gentle vibrations to create harmony within the mind and body so that you may ease into a deep meditative space.
Many of you are hustling these days—hustling to achieve your goals, to grow your business, expand your network, or just taking care of your daily responsibilities. But, as you know, when you hustle too much you can compromise your diet, your immune system, and your well-being. Give yourself a real rest with an acupuncture session at Harmony Healing. Acupuncture uses specific points along the meridians of your body to enhance your recuperative power and immunity, support your physical and emotional health, and improve your overall function. I use acupuncture monthly to keep my hustle in check!
...to a massage that is! The benefits of getting a massage can’t be ignored, but many of you are not getting them on the regular. Well, this is the month to treat yourself and get one (or maybe three). Take the time to truly enjoy the hands-on healing that comes with a massage. My favorites? The ah-mazing Aromatherapy Massage w/ Paavani Body Oils at White Lotus Therapeutics. Or the Balinese Massage at Botanica Wellness, which combines acupressure, skin rolling, kneading and percussion. Either way, you can’t go wrong!
Whatever modality appeals to you, do that this month. Find the time to slow down and reconnect with every element of your being, especially during Mercury retrograde. Take that much-needed break so when April comes around, you will have a renewed sense of direction and passion for your life, your goals, and yourself.
The intentions we set in our daily lives are often methods for healing wounds, whether they’re self-inflicted or have been passed down to us by others. Developing a conscious practice to get rid of negative thoughts or feelings we’re holding onto can help us move in a more positive direction toward letting go, healing, and being present.
Moving intentionally within our bodies allows us to fully notice how they feel so we can acknowledge and target the right areas. Some days we struggle to work hard enough while others, we push ourselves too hard! We do this both in class and in other areas of our life. It's important to remember to understand our bodies’ rhythms or fatigue while making space for our humanness, feelings, or need to be vulnerable.
Here are a few simple guidelines for following intentions during your workout:
Remember that just like in life, taking a moment to pause and build the appropriate foundation will undoubtedly support you to be 100% successful on your journey. At The Dailey Method, we refer to this kind of mindful exercise as a “meditation in movement” and begin our practice with intentions. During the warmup, instructors encourage students to set an intention for their workout, even if it’s just a focus on breath, and then revisit it during their final resting pose. Often, we associate these goals with our Word of the Month, a specific theme to help guide our practice each month. But there are so many intentions to choose from—moving with your breath, moving with grace, forgiving yourself, shining your light out, the options are limitless, and you can alter them each day depending on where you are right here and right now.
“Personally, I am so grateful for this process being part of my Dailey practice,” says Jill Dailey, founder of The Dailey Method. “It is a built-in opportunity for me to stay in the present, and when I wander (because of course I do!) a tool to guide my presence back to the here and now.”
When the workout gets challenging or you feel like giving up at any point during class, set an intention to pause and remember the fact that we are all on this same path, doing this exercise together. You have all the tools you need to be successful—even if it means taking a quick rest or resetting your alignment! Don’t compare yourself to others; just focus on yourself and your goals for the workout. Remember why you’re there.
As you leave class, move with deliberation and show up at your next appointment, event, family gathering, or grocery shopping excursion as the greatest version of you. You just rocked your class and brought effort, strength, perseverance, and commitment. Acknowledge that and bring it with you. Don't forget about the intentions you set during class; figure out how you can apply them to other areas of your life!
Make moving with intention part of your next workout by taking a class at The Dailey Method near you today!