Posts tagged #music

Summer, Music & Yoga

Today has simply GOT to be one of the best days of the entire year. 

Not only is it the first day of summer, and thus the summer solstice - when the sun is the strongest and the day is the longest, which is absolutely reason enough to celebrate BUT it is also World Music Day and International Yoga Day. Three of my favourite things (and probably yours too) all celebrated on one day! How incredible is that?  

Summer is always welcomed with open arms and optimism. This season has so many gifts that I am grateful for beyond measure:  flowers, warm weather, outdoor swimming and sleeping and eating. Sun and moon bathing and star gazing. Barbecues and fruit markets,  ice cream, grape popsicles, iced tea and cold beer,  picnics in the park and long walks after dark.

It is officially time to shed the layers I protect myself in thanks to the fluctuating and extreme Canadian weather and feel the soft ground under my bare feet and the wind on my bare skin. It is seems a more natural state of being to want to be outside than trying to avoid it all costs wouldn't you agree?

Music. Life would be far less wonderful without the accompaniment of music. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I listen to music every single day of my life. There is never a day that I don't. It provides a constant soundtrack to my days and lifts me up when I'm feeling down. 

Yesterday the power of music was shown to me very profoundly. I was shopping in the grocery store and a song came on the music overhead and suddenly I stopped what I was looking for and just started crying. The Last Farewell by Roger Whitaker. I last heard that song at my dad's funeral. The ability to change my train of thought and emotions so swiftly and surely demonstrates the power music has. 

To manifest today's power, please enjoy this playlist made especially for it. 

 

Yoga is a lovely exercise regime and philosophy that's good for any age or experience. It is a called a yoga practice because the only person you should aim to be better than is yourself the last time you practiced.

Yoga is great to do any time of the month but during menstruation one should try to avoid inverted poses (poses where you are upside down as this can cause retrograde menstruation as the natural flow out of the body is reversed to go back into the body).

Below are some soothing poses during that time of the month that can help alleviate some of the pain and discomfort. 

Image from Bechance.net

Image from Bechance.net

 

One of my favourite yoga celebrities is Rachel Brathen of @yoga_girl fame. She is the author of some excellent books and I find her approach very relatable and encouraging. 

Here is a quick, 3-pose video that any one can do at the end of a long day.

 

Whatever you have on your agenda for the day, may I suggest you try to fit in a little music and yoga and enjoy a solstice celebration of your own.

Namaste.

 

I Woke Up In My Skin

Learning to love yourself, learning to love your body is like, that whole journey that I feel like every person, more specifically, women, have to go through so I feel like doing this is kinda a good way to break through and kinda stealing the last chapter of the learning to love and just love.
— Lizza, My Skin

Here's a beautiful new video by the artist known as Lizzo that is all about accepting and loving your body and self.  We are all made in different sizes and forms and not one of them is the right way to be or the wrong way to be - they just are what they are. 

Loving your body and self includes taking care of yourself and giving yourself permission to do what you like to do and not having to apologize for it.  Being a little selfish is not a bad thing...it means that you recognize that the most important person in your life is you and if you take care of yourself first, it is that much easier to help others. 

Enjoy this lovely song and it's poignant message.

Welcome Spring & International Day of Happiness

Today winter is officially over and spring begins. Yay! Whoop whoop!  2015 was the coldest winter I can ever remember and the record books confirm this so goodbye and good riddance to Elsa and the old man. It is time for the yearly renewal of the life-force of Mother Nature and all her colourful splendour. I'm sick of snow. 

The simple fact that it is spring today makes me so incredibly happy which is opportune as it is officially the International Day of Happiness. 

To help spread the joy here are a few of my favourite quotes on happiness. 

I like these because they speak of acceptance and action and I completely agree that being happy means being accepting of yourself and others and doing something productive and/or positive with your time. (I say that because dancing isn't necessarily productive but it sure feels great!)

Little actions and words can have lasting and great results. I think it's always best to live a hopeful life and know that every kindness is admirable and has value. Today I plan on spending time together with my 16-year old daughter doing stuff that makes her happy (which either means going to the mall, a movie or giving each other manis and pedis) and simply enjoying her last weekday of March break. Ensuring her happiness fills my cup. I will also cook a nice meal for my family which hopefully makes them feel good and loved, which is what they are but I don't always have the time or inclination to show it. Today I'll make an extra effort and the meal will be infused with love and good intentions. (Not that my husband will taste it cuz he drowns everything is hot sauce.) 

Are you doing anything special to recognize the International Day of Happiness? Please share in the comments below.

Just for fun please enjoy this playlist I made with 22 of the grooviest songs around to inspire you to dance, laugh, sing and generally make happy. 

Happy day! Happy spring!