How to stay physically and mentally healthy over summer

Summertime in Australia can be a magnificent time – beach holidays, joyous barbeques, crimson sunsets late in the evenings; an all round wonderful time of year. But with the stress of Christmas, the tensions of seeing family and the general busyness we can forego our most important asset we have – our wellbeing.

We’ve gathered our inspirational teachers together and asked them to give us a peek into their summer lives and how they managed to stay healthy – both physically and mentally – during this time.

Here’s how our staff love to stay healthy physically over summer:

This is the season to simply slow down, absorb the sun and enjoy nature’s bounty. adelaide summer activitiesSpend time outdoors – mother nature has a lot to offer us! Teresa

My home brewed kombucha is my personal life saver. Amy R

To keep healthy during this time of year, I love walking in the sunshine. Charlton

With the heat of the day it can be easier to stay indoors and get complacent about exercise. I like to walk early in the morning before the heat of the day, yoga (goes without saying) and paddle boarding. Being active releases endorphins the feel good hormones so you actually feel physically fitter and more energised. Staying hydrated is a big one over the summer. Nothing more refreshing than ice cold water with mint, cucumber and lemon which is a great antioxidant. Sue

Exercise early in the morning, make use of the warmer evenings for spending more beach yoga adelaidetime outside to relax, reconnect and to have fun. Eat lots of cooling foods such as watermelon, cucumber, mint, fennel, coriander, rose and aloe. Reducing the amount of alcohol you drink is also a great idea as it heats your blood and is rather dehydrating. Amy L

Here’s how our staff love to stay mentally healthy over summer:

Relax and breathe! Take time to slow down and enjoy not just every day, but each and every moment. Teresa

To keep my mind calm and stable during periods of stress and to balance out the highs and lows, I always turn to meditation. Charlton

Meditation, meditation and meditation! And it doesn’t necessarily have to be sitting. Meditation is simply single pointed focus so being mindful of each task can help keep that “monkey mind” at bay and as a result, reduce stress.

‘I won’t lie that a nice drop of red wine or a cool gin and tonic with a favorite magazine or good book gives me mental space.’ Sue

To keep as mentally healthy as possible, I like to get outdoors, preferably barefoot, adelaide summerheading to the beach, picnic in a park or a bush walk. Amy R

The main thing that I normally recommend is: do something small once each day.

This is a guideline that I live by for both my physical and mental wellbeing. We often get caught up in the idea of being active meaning that you have to do a workout for 90 minutes or meditation requiring us to sit perfectly still for half an hour.

While these are good too, time is precious and often fleeting – especially at this time of year. So we often need to practice the little things when we can. Wake up in the morning and doing a few rounds of Sun Salutes is just as valid as practicing a 75 minute class of hot yoga or going for a walk around the block will be enough to get some energy moving through your body.

If things seem to be getting too much (which they so often do), take just five minutes for yourself and do nothing but be still. You can sit in a chair, stand overlooking your backyard or just take the time to fully appreciate that morning cup of coffee, rather than drinking it as fast as you can and then rushing to get on with your day.

Sometimes we surprise ourselves and these few minutes encourage us to then do a little more and then… a little more again. Other times it’s enough and we can then move on, but those few moments will echo through the rest of our day. Simon

Yoga has been scientifically proven to be advantageous for your physical and mental health. We’re beginner friendly and very supportive. Try a class today.

Get to Know Your yogafusion – Manny Cebo

Meet the instructor – Mannyadelaide yoga

When did your yoga journey start? And why did you start?

My yoga journey began in the early 90s when I was in primary school. My mum bought me a book called A Child’s Garden of Yoga by Baba Hari Dass. It contained two meditations as well as an introduction to asana practice. I voice recorded Continue reading

Introducing New Yin Yoga Classes

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This class will be a restorative class that targets the connective tissues, ligaments and joints in the body. Practiced in a moderate room 23 degrees where postures (mostly floor based) are held for longer and integrates mindfulness, making this a deep nourishing meditative practice. This practice focuses on releasing fascia and aims to correct postural imbalances created by tight fascia and can be your link to developing a meditation practice.

Practicing Yin Yoga is not only important to balance out the strong power based yoga you are accustomed to at yogafusion but also practicing Yin accesses the deep stale energy stored in the body that over time has become stagnant due to immobile joints. You will be guided by Amy (fully qualified and certified in Yin Yoga through Power Living Australia) to focus deep into your body and feel the different type of sensations of connective tissue stretching.  This practice is also great for people who have injuries and want to be careful but still stay connected to a physical asana practice.

Bolsters and straps provided. Please bring your own blanket for savasana (if required) and dress a little warmer than you do for your usual hot yoga classes. Spaces are limited to 25 only so bookings are highly encouraged so you don’t miss out.

We look forward to stretching with you.

 

What is Fascia?

Fascia is connective tissue; think of it like a Spiderman suit that sits beneath the skin and wraps/intertwines around all your muscles and organs in the whole body.

Mudras

A mudra is a Hindu or Buddhist gesture or attitude that is devotional and emotional in prayer mudra adelaidenature, almost like symbolically saying to the Universe, ‘here, I’m declaring this to you’.

Mudras link pranic flow to the greater Universal energy, they expand chakras and can awaken Kundalini.

They are said to alter your mood and perception, bring about deep awarenesss and unite the layers of the physical, mental and emotional body together. They can be used in conjunction with asana, meditation and pranayama and even in classic Indian dance moves. There are five groups of mudras: hasta (hands), mana (head), kaya (postural), bandha (lock), adhara (perineal). The more commonly practised being hasta or hand mudras. Continue reading

What is a Mantra?

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Someone using mala beads

A mantra is a powerful sound, vibration or sacred utterance that is used to tame the wild mind/ego, provide focus and settle the consciousness into a profound state of meditation.

The word mantra itself, roughly translates to “mind/think instrument” and speaks directly to our subconsciousness.

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