We are moving every day at an incredibly fast pace and the momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all. Our daily lives are filled with expected tasks and duties and the unexpected also seems to be waiting, ready to jump in, when we least anticipate it. So, when is there time to reflect for ourselves on what we are experiencing? How do we carve out the time to spend some introspective moments to help us learn and grow from our experiences?
Everyone is different. I know of some that have the discipline to get up earlier than the rest of their household so they can have time to think over their first cup of coffee or tea in the morning. This is not something I have been able to do since my mornings can start as early as 5am.
Some people find their sense of inner peace and reflection during an early morning workout of a solitary run or swim. The day is just beginning and the repetitive movements of running or swimming can help to focus the mind away from the daily stuff that clouds our heads. Outdoors we can look upwards and outward towards the larger picture of our dreams and goals for today and the future.
Others are able to use Yoga or silent meditation to find their inner peace even in the midst of a busy day. Calming the mind and focusing the body to become aware of themselves as the world continues to move ahead. The individual can pause in an inner reflection time to view his/ her place and put it in perspective.
Recording your thoughts on this search for living in the moment can be used as a journaling experience for yourself or to share. In our self-reflections, it is important to remember who we are and where we have been. Our present self is reflective of all of our life’s experiences, good and bad. When we review our own history over the past months and years, we can teach ourselves the lessons learned and move ahead growing stronger.
Take a moment today, to spend your time in reflection. Whether you chose to spend your time journaling, meditating, exercising, etc. make sure the time you take is just for you. Give yourself the gift of peace.
It is the best time of year to get outdoors here in Florida! Spring is here and things are starting to get warmer as we move into Summer. This phrase does not always bring to mind the thought of exercise but that’s because you might be looking at it the wrong way. Depending on what you like, exercise outdoors can be truly rewarding. It can help decrease stress and increase motivation. Just pick something you really like to do so you can look forward to doing it. Here are some possible suggestions:
Walk – call a friend in your neighborhood to go for a walk. Catch up on the local news and share a laugh as you spend some time outdoors enjoying the wonderful weather we have here in Florida this time of year.
Bike – Dust off those pedals of your bicycle sitting in the garage and go find an adventure. Bike to a lake or park and see what others are up to. You might get more ideas on your travels. Stationary bikes are great too if you join a class indoors where you can get motivated.
Play a Friendly Game- There’s lot of things to do right where you live! There’s basketball courts and tennis courts right here for you, this is the best time to get outdoors and enjoy the awesome Florida weather we brag about.
Swim- Looking for something low-impact and easy on the joints? Go for a swim or take your workout to the pool with Aqua Fitness.
Yoga – if you want to work out with a little more control, perhaps a yoga session in your community will give you the relaxation and enjoyment you are looking for. It’s always more fun if you ask someone you know to join you! METFitness has Yoga every Thursday evening at 6pm at B Resort and Spa in Orlando. Check out our website for more information on joining us for classes here! http://www.metfitnessflorida.com
Whatever you decide to do, put the idea of fun at the front of your plan, and do something that you will look forward to doing. Remember the child in you and get out of your house and have fun!
METFitness is excited to be offering Yoga classes to the public starting Thursday, March 16th at 6pm at B Resort and Spa located at 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd in Orlando, Florida. We would love to see you there!
Please join us for this new Thursday class with Fabiola, our 500 hour Certified instructor. If you have always wanted to try a class with Metfitness, this is the time. Class is $17/drop in rate. Stay tuned for more info soon!
Winter Garden Returns with Metfitness this Summer!
Aqua Fitness and Aqua Zumba will be returning to the Winter Garden schedule starting May 13th for the entire summer! Stay tuned for more details and the full 2017 summer class schedule.
Interested in becoming an instructor?
METFitness will be having an Aqua Fitness Training that is open to all fitness professionals in the Orlando area! For more details about the training, or if you are interested in teaching classes with us, please email us on our contact page at:
It’s almost here! The Sedona Yoga Festival is happening March 9-12 and you still have a chance to join in on all the conference has to offer!
The Conference offers new special training in Yoga including Aqua Yoga sessions. All of the sessions take place amidst the nature and beauty of Arizona’s red rocks. You might want to sign up for a special optional 20 hour training, enabling participants to help those who suffer from PTSD. Use our Studio Partner link below for discounted tickets:
Yoga Journal Live! at Estes Park, CO
Whether it is to gain more experience and knowledge, personal or professional growth, explore new ideas or programs that are available, or to simply get away from the norm with some other intentions in mind, there are plenty of reasons to attend a conference or convention.
If you are able to go to a conference close to home and still have the opportunity to stay on site for a day or two, it is definitely something to try once in a while. Immersing yourself in the learning environment 100% can help you connect with other participants, allow time for personal reflection and help you stay committed to your sessions, truly getting the most out of the conference as a whole.If you are close enough to commute, it’s a great idea to save money. But keep in mind you may be less inclined to attend the whole conference towards the end if it is a far drive.
I recently attended Yoga Journal Live in Estes Park, a fun conference to attend. Some of the sessions available to attendees were created with nature in mind to compliment our surroundings on site, with outdoors hikes, outdoor meditation and walks with nature. Yoga Journal definitely chooses their conference locations and activities with Yogis in mind so that participants can take advantage of all the areas have to offer.
The next Yoga Journal conference, right here in South Florida, will have sessions like Stand Up Paddle Yoga and Beach Yoga to benefit from some of the beautiful surroundings Hollywood, Florida offers! The conference also goes above and beyond to offer extra events to get attendees involved. With a concert, film debut and more going on all throughout the weekend in Estes Park – there is no time to waste while I was there!
The Estes Park, CO conference I attended was very well-organized. Highlighting the conference was a group of very different and unique instructors and speakers. I came to learn more about Yoga and the speakers provided insights applicable to both Yoga students and teachers. This information helped all of us to benefit our personal practice and look at it in a new light. We were introduced to a variety of methods, allowing Yogis to choose the path for their teaching and practice that most authentically resounds with them. I came away from the conference refreshed and enthusiastic about my teaching skills and my personal practice. I am looking forward to the Florida Yoga Journal Live event November 11-14th!
There have been many studies over the years about the benefits of exercise on the body. However, lately there has also been numerous studies about exercise and the brain. This is a relatively new area of research and some studies have reported that people who dance, or walk or run, or even garden, have a lower risk of developing mental health problems like dementia.
Additionally, exercise combined with meditations appears to have the greatest benefit according to a recent New York Times article called, “Yoga may be good for the brain.”
Basically the study examined those who practiced yoga as compared to people who used only traditional exercise programs. After 12 weeks, all the participants performed better on thinking tests but the Yoga group also showed improvement in their moods as well. The Yoga group also improved more in areas like balance, focus, and the ability to multitask.
Any regular exercise program that keeps us moving will benefit our health. But Yoga may have an added bonus in helping us to feel, as well as function better, as we grow older.