The wellness industry is a strange one.
This industry has somehow convinced us that to achieve a sense of wellbeing, one must go to hipster organic cafes, practice yoga at trendy hot yoga studios, eat super foods, drink beetroot lattes and be a designer, lycra sporting blogger.
This multi billion dollar industry has unfortunately excluded unemployed people, seniors, single parents, families on a budget, students and anyone struggling to make ends meet.
I honestly reckon this is all just a gimmick, and its not wellness …. and I absolutely think we can all achieve wellness with just a simple shift in our attitude and our choices.
Wellness, to me, is about walking, running, exercising, meditating, dancing and practicing yoga in whatever clothing you are comfortable wearing, in whichever space you like.
Wellness does not cost money.
Wellness is not a brand.
Wellness is about finding happiness from the stuff that doesn't cost money.
Wellness is about laughing so hard you almost pee your pants.
Wellness is about singing your favourite song out loud and dancing in your lounge room.
Wellness is about swimming at the local pool or beach with your kids, family or friends.
Wellness is about eating pure food, real food from the markets or better still, from your garden. It is not about super foods!
Cooking with love is wellness and not living on fast food is wellness.
Eating slowly is wellness.
Knowing where your food is from and giving thanks is wellness.
Wellness is about being grateful every single day.
Wellness is about swinging on a swing, and being outside even when it’s raining.
Wellness is about standing naked in front of a mirror and smiling because you love yourself inside and out.
Wellness is about enjoying your job, study, home life, retirement or whatever you do.
Wellness is a state of mind and a choice.
Wellness is not on Instagram, its inside you.
Wellness is self love and acceptance.
A simple shift in the way we look at life and ourselves is true wellness.
WELLNESS. IS. IN. ME.
Feeling low in energy? Here's Ambika's top 5 tips.
1) Rest! Instead of that dynamic flow class, opt for a restorative yoga class and give yourself the rest you deserve.
2) Heart opening postures and backbends like cobra pose and camel can help to invigorate the body and increase energy.
3) Smile. When we smile, even if it's forced, we release 'feel good' hormones which can also have an effect on our energy levels.
4) Drink water! (hmmm .... most of us just don't do this enough!)
5) Breathe. Breathing exercises, or pranayama as we call them in yoga, are super beneficial for reducing stress and increasing energy and focus.
The Yoga Social Team