I know, I know. You’re reading a blog so you are on a screen right now. But this is a list of ten 10 minute screen free self care activities you can do for your own wellbeing.
I realize that during these surreal times of Covid 19, technology and screens have been an absolute necessity for reasons of work, communication, education, entertainment and online shopping & finance.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m very grateful for technology but I have to admit I’m beginning to get screen weary.
So fight the urge, just once a day, to ignore the phone and do something else that doesn’t involve a screen….for just ten minutes. Once you create the habit you may find ten minutes just isn’t enough.
Ten 10 Minute Screen Free Self Care Activities
1 Read just one chapter or a handful of pages. There is that book in your possession that you have always meant to read. Take the opportunity to start now. If you’re looking for suggestions, check out yogaskinny’s book reviews for great self care reads, Iyengar classics or yoga anatomy books.
2 Browse a Magazine. Select a magazine that inspires you. Stampington & Company publish a great range of creative magazines. Try Bella Grace – a beautifully photographed and written magazine. It’s a combination of magazine and journal and is sure to inspire and uplift.
We’re living at a surreal and stressful time. With the arrival of coronavirus, a stay at home advisory is affecting much of the world’s population and we’re learning to cope with the changes to our day to day routines.
Alongside yoga my favorite creative thing to spend free time doing is working with collage, mixed media and upcycling projects. (I share my mixed media craft on Instagram @maycontainpaper)
I came across a bunch of crafted yoga flash cards I had made for myself during a teacher training. They were simple line drawings and text on index cards but I wanted to make better use of them for home practice. I decided to embellish them in to something more upbeat, fun and colorful.
The time has come for those Summer yoga retreats. Whether your trip is by bus, train or plane there are a number of easy to pack items you need to include in your travel tote alongside that yoga mat.
Essential oil is a great way to ease headaches or tension. I love this calming aromatherapy rollerball oil in lavender to ease tension.
This Origins product packs a minty punch but a tiny amount rubbed in to the temples helps to soothe headaches and relieve travel grogginess.
Make your own tiny travel altar to transport some sage, meditation cards and crystals. This tiny tin is a great way of taking your yoga & meditation practice with you on the go. (or maybe a candle but buy your matches at your destination!)
Don’t Forget your Yoga Retreat Journal
Journal to note down your travel information as well as journal your yoga retreat. This handmade yoga retreat journal is made specifically for a retreat or yoga workshop trip. Dedicated pages for you to note down your itinerary, packing list, contacts and schedule as well as a bunch of separate pages for your notes and thoughts. Totally expandable using a disc system binding it also includes pockets for your receipts & tickets and dedicated envelopes to tuck away your favorite teabag and business cards. Also included is a coordinating bookmark, tags and clips for personal customization. Take a look at this one here on yogaskinny’s sister Etsy store – maycontainpaper.
A turkish towel makes a great, soft scarf/ blanket for traveling. Perfect for chilly planes and folds up super small for toting around! (It’s also very quick drying if used as a beach towel 😉
As well as your digital gadgets, you’re going to need a great paperback to absorb you on your travels. Warrior Won by Meryl Davis Landau is a fiction novel with a spiritual edge. It centers around the main character, Lorna Crawford, facing challenges during pregancy when she learns that there may be something wrong with her baby. Filled with references to authors and practices that many a yogi will be familiar this is a captivating read. It ticks the box as a must read, Summer read for those of us looking for a mindful, contemporary womens novel.
You’ll need to stay hydrated during the course of your trip. Water bottle or tea mug are critical.
Throw in your favorite herbal teas. Choose ginger to settle your stomach and chamomile to aid with sleep (but only if you’re not driving!)
Finally, don’t get so comfortable with your travel goodies that you forget to move! Do some simple twists in your chair, get up to stretch and find a moment to focus on some smooth & deep breathing.
Go gather up your goodies and get set for your yogi travels. Bon voyage!
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I love a yoga book and am always excited to explore the pages of a new one. Like yoga teachers, all yoga books have something to offer the student and Yoga Wisdom, for me, is one of those with a great deal to offer.
Quite often yoga books focus primarily on the physical aspect of yoga. Nothing wrong with that at all but yoga has much more to offer. This book takes us beyond the mat to explore the bigger yoga picture.
Yoga Wisdom describes the road she has travelled with yoga as her main traveling companion.
Yoga Wisdom documents the personal yoga journey of its author, Stephanie Spence. Her book describes the road she has travelled, both physically and metaphorically, with yoga as her main traveling companion.
Weaved in to Stephanie’s memoir are the experiences and stories of a number of yogis & teachers. She has interviewed a whole host of yogis who have embraced yoga as an integral part of their lives. This gives the reader an opportunity to dip in to the yoga journeys of others going beyond the physical practice on the mat.
Practicing yoga off of the mat and beyond the ‘workout’ can support us when dealing with life’s challenges.
Their stories shared here describe how life can be messy and sometimes difficult. Taking our yoga practice off of the mat and beyond the ‘workout’ supports us when dealing with life challenges we encounter.
The yoga journeys described are all unique with their own inspiring outcomes. Each yogi interviewed has followed their own yoga path to overcome their personal challenges.
Yoga Wisdom is broken down into chapters that all have a specific theme and open with a phase of Stephanie’s life and story. This is followed by a section of other yogi’s personal stories and experiences.
The closing pages of each chapter, written by Stephanie, incorporate topics for self study, exploration and inspiration. I particularly liked chapter three’s ‘top 10 reasons to get to know your yoga teacher’. Chapter five offers great suggestions for supporting personal development.
Yoga provides us with the tools to help us embrace change
Yoga provides us with the tools to help us embrace change and do the inner work that moves us beyond habit, circumstances and self limiting beliefs. This is one of those books that illustrates the magical transformation that can come from a yoga practice.
This is the perfect book to dip in to during quiet moments. Place a copy next to your yoga altar as motivation for your yoga or meditation practice. I for one will be adding Yoga Wisdom to my list of life inspiring favorites books.
Yoga Wisdom was recently awarded The Nautilus Award. This award recognizes books promoting spiritual growth, conscious living & positive social change.
Go read a copy now because if that’s not a stamp of approval, then what is?
If you haven’t ventured in to the world of the bullet journal, or BuJo as it’s also known, then it is well worth a little Pinterest investigation. It was created by digital designer Ryder Carroll as an ‘evolving, adaptable practice meant to be self curated as you determine what works best for you’. Essentially, a creative, personal life planning & organization tool tailored to your own personal needs.
Bullet Journaling for Yogis
As a yoga teacher and student, a bullet journal functions as one dedicated location for time planning, class notes, to do’s, book lists, self care and yoga practice tracking. (for a great article about self care and bullet journaling take a look here!) The beauty of BuJo as a system is that it is totally personal to you!
Here is a simple yoga practice tracker to log asana practice and meditation. A simple grid that is easy to complete and helping to make you accountable and build up a routine to reinforce your yoga and meditation habit.
a bullet journal functions as one dedicated location for time planning, class notes, to do’s, book lists, self care and yoga practice tracking
Get Creative with your Bullet Journal Practice Tracker
There are lots of great notebooks and pens available that work really well for bullet journaling purposes but, for me, the best notebook I’ve found is one of your BuJo fan’s favorites, a Leuchtturm, accompanied by fine liner felt pens by Staedtler. The Leuchtturm works well as it lays flat when open and the pages are lightly dotted in a grid system making it easier to draw simple charts. Staedtler fineline felt pens are a good felt pen match at a reasonable investment.
a creative, personal life planning & organization tool tailored to your own personal needs.
The beauty of a bullet journal is that you can embellish and decorate it exactly as you like it so get creative with your colors and copy or create your own headings and borders. Just a doodle works well. Here are a handful of simple examples for doodle inspiration! If you are looking for a fun felt pen for more creative work try another bujo planner’s favorite, the Tombow range of double ended markers that combine a sweeping stroke brush with a fineliner.
Enjoy getting creative as you track your progress and be sure to share your yoga trackers with us!
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