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Open Your Heart to Loving Yourself

By Janice Krakowsky

THU MAY 28, 2020

February 11th,2020 Open Your Heart to Loving Yourself

As we flip the calendar page to February, our minds think of Valentine's day. We think of couples, romance, chocolate, and flowers. We think of love.

Let's keep our thoughts on love. This month I invite you to do things that show how much you love yourself. Open your heart to yourself. You should be the easiest person to love, yet for many of us, it's where we struggle the most. We hold so many dear to us, spouses, children, parents, extended family, and friends who are family, even our pets. We would do anything for them. Then we look at the way we treat ourselves and that attitude changes.

Even the way we talk to ourselves. We would never (mostly never) say the things we say to ourselves to someone we loved. We're highly critical of every move we make, every thing we do or don't get done. The way we look, the way we don't look. We start the downward spiral of comparing ourselves to others.

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

I love this quote because it really helps us see how unique we are and how impossible it is to try to be someone else. We are all uniquely made and for a special purpose.

So the challenge this month may be hard, but start to think of things that bring you joy. Start to think of things that will encourage you to love yourself, to nurture yourself. Start to fall in love with yourself. Start to flip the conversation in your head to you are good enough. You deserve this. You are worth it. You can achieve what you set your heart and mind to.

 You are worth it

If you need some inspiration here are a few things that I like to do for self care.

  • Take a walk to feel the fresh air on my face and the sun on my skin
  • Take a short nap
  • Sit on the porch with a cup of tea (or coffee if that's your thing)
  • Take a long hot shower (or bath)
  • Snuggle in with a book you've been wanting to read
  • Meditate
  • Take a yoga class
  • Chat with an old friend over lunch
  • journal
  • pursue a creative endeavor such as an art or cooking class

As a yoga teacher, I tell my students to make their practice there own. To be curious, to explore postures and see how it feels in their bodies. Yoga is a great tool for you to start to feel comfortable in your own skin and find that acceptance. To adapt things to fit your individual needs. Do this off the mat as well.

We start by loving and connecting with ourselves so that we are able to give that love to others.

Show up for yourself this month and see how it carries over into other areas of your life.

Below is a restorative pose that allows for opening the heart so that you can settle into yourself.

Get two blocks and position them towards one end of your mat. The first one will be at it's medium height and the second one a few inches in front of it on it's lowest height.

Position your bolster over your blocks. Sit in front of the bolster so that you are sitting right at the edge, but not on the bolster.

Bring the soles of your feet together and allow your knees to open out to the sides. You may want to take two blankets (or 2 blocks) and position them underneath your thighs and knees so that your legs are supported here.

Place your hands on the floor next to you and start to lower yourself over the bolster. Release your hands down by your side.

Close your eyes and breathe. Let yourself settle and stay for as long as is comfortable. (5-15 minutes)

Please comment and let me know if you tried it and what you are doing to show yourself love this month.