“Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”  – Denis Waitley

Awareness

The most universal urge that we all share is to be happy. Nothing is as rich or real as connecting with your own bliss, an infinite state that lives within us at all times. When cultivated, it can be experienced outwardly in laughter and inwardly as peace.

Explore: Make a Happy List


Movement

As a Yoga Teacher and student since 2002, I have observed the power the practice of yoga can have to clear away negativity and unlock doors while showing us infinite new paths to positivity and freedom.  We are the only obstacles standing in the way of our happiness. Our time on the mat teaches us the big picture, it helps us step away from the experience to see we are not our thoughts. We are a divine soul that needs and deserves to be happy. 

Next time you approach your practice on the mat, ask yourself before and after:

PQ: How do I feel? i.e. open, moody, depressed, peaceful, accepting, happy, free

PQ: What is my intention? I.e. to be happy, to be free, to be content … 

See where and when the shifts occur

Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby)

Happy baby, appropriately named after a natural pose babies come into as they giggle and play. As adults, we can come to the same place, practice releasing (mostly in the groin, hips and back) and notice our expression. Can we simply be here and laugh and be playful? 

Directions:

  1. Lay on your back and give your knees a good hug.
  2. Start lifting your legs and grab a hold of your feet.
  3. Take an inhale and exhale draw your legs into your chest. 
  4. From here, simply rock side to side, simple and enjoy!

Variations:

  • Release one leg to the ground.

Benefits:

  • Gently stretches the inner groins and the back spine
  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue

-Benefits from Yoga Journal


Nutrition

Knowing where your food came from and how it has been treated is key to optimal health. If you can, get to know your farmer (farmers markets are perfect places to meet and greet).  Eating local does a few things:

  1. Keeps you eating the foods that our bodies are meant to live on per season. 
  2. Supports the farmers- one of the hardest and most important jobs you can have. 
  3. Gives you the chance to know exactly how the foods have been treated. Eating organic ensures that you are not adding in chemically treated and/or genetically modified foods.

After all, this is your health. If it costs a few cents more, I would say go for it! You can either pay the farmer now or pay the doctor down the road. I vote for the farmer. 

Mantra: I am a source of unlimited happiness

I am happy!

+ Spiraling Tools

Playlist: NS Happy

Recommended Books:

A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life – Lama Marut

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World – Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams 

The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want – Sonja Lyubomirsky