Where do you find relaxation?
Is it that cup of steaming black coffee while you relax in bed on a Saturday morning with your furry companion? Or is it hearing your children play on a beautiful fall day while you catch up on your favorite book? Could it be running down by the river, breathing in fresh air?
Whatever it is, wherever you find yourself the happiest, it's probably a place you aren’t able to find enough. The Washington Post reported last year that the average American work week is longer than it ever has been, adding “nearly a full extra eight-hour day.” Which isn’t enough time to preserve consistent and wholesome habits.
Meditation and detoxing is one way to help slow you down, even if it is just for a short period of time. Meditation is a way to help increase your self-awareness. And detoxing comes in a variety of forms, including exercise and eating right.
According to the artofliving.com, “With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy). This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases.” Along with the increase in energy comes a decrease of anxiety and stress.
Tandi Rolen, a yogi and health nut extraordinaire, understands the importance behind meditation and detoxing the body. As owner of The Hunter’s Wife Healthbar over on Valley Mall Parkway in East Wenatchee and teaching yoga at BeYoutiful Hot Yoga (right next door to the health bar), she knows what it takes to bolster healthy choices.
Rolen offers this advice about making it easier to meditate and detox your way to a wholesome life:
1. Be your own hero
Holding yourself accountable when you first begin meditating and detoxing is a huge step. “Be your own hero,” Rolen says. “You have to understand that no one else is going to do this for you … You have to make the decision.” Choosing to commit and make that decision will benefit you the most.
2. Figure out what works best for you
Look back and figure out what works, said Rolen. From her personal experience, Rolen subtracted the things that didn’t work and kept the things that did, which helped her obtain this lifestyle. “Minimize the bad influences,” says Rolen. And find things that empower you.
3. Meditation is calming of the mind in the here and now
“People are becoming more in tune of their body awareness,” states Rolen. “So, BeYoutiful Hot Yoga started to incorporate meditation and it takes your physical practice to a whole new level.”
Learning to calm the brain and meditate was difficult for Rolen. She says that her entire life she considered herself as a worrier, which would ruin her time of the then and now. However, when she began training her brain to think in the now, it helped her calm down and worry less about the future. “But it takes time,” says Rolen. “I still struggle with it and it takes time to reverse your entire way of thinking.”
4. Consciously move and eat with a purpose
“When you are moving, you are detoxing through your lymphatic system and your sweat, so then you start to feel better,” says Rolen, “which helps you start making healthier choices.”
The Hunter’s Wife Healthbar has a placed a great amount of emphasis on juicing. “When you juice, those nutrients instantly hit your bloodstream. When you eat food, your body has to digest it and absorb it; then hours later, you get nutrients,” says Rolen.
So Rolen asks: “OK, so I just did this amazing workout, not just for my body but for my mind, so how can I reward it?” Food is fuel, says Rolen. Don’t use it as praise.
According to SFGate, “eliminating excess fats, sugars and refined carbohydrates helps prevent blood sugar fluctuations” and will give you more energy, which is a great way to detox your body.
5. Be the bright side
“Be a coach,” says Rolen. “Be a positive influence.” Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. Just get back on it and start again. Listen to your body when it’s tired and think optimistically when you think you can’t do it; odds are that you actually can.