15 journaling prompts for the new year. Feel free to share with someone who would find these helpful 😍
🎉If unlimited money was available to me, how would I spend my time?
🎉I'm what ways can I do that now?
🎉 My dream day would like....
🎉If I could accomplish anything within the next 12 months it would be.......
🎉One way I would like to feel is....
🎉How can I feel like that now? What steps can I take?
🎉What can I forgive myself for that I am still holding on to?
🎉Where can I show myself more love?
🎉One thing I would love to be told is......
🎉What does a conversation with myself look like? Am I kind? Do I show myself compassion?
🎉Where do I see myself in 6 months time?
🎉What can I do to declutter physically or emotionally to find more simplicity?
🎉Who are 3 people I admire? Why?
🎉What would make me happy right now?
🎉What is something or some words that you would like to share with others?
Are you happy to welcome in 2021? Share some of your hopes and manifestations for the new year.
When the root chakra is out of balance....
When the root chakra is out of balance you may feel out of sorts, unable to ground, scattered, anxious, worried that you're going to lose everything, feeling like your basic needs are not being met, unmotivated, feeling the need to hoard everything or feeling disconnected.
When the root chakra is in balance...
When the root chakra is in balance you may feel grounded, secure, safe, at home in your own body, strong, rooted in the present moment, connected with nature, calm and centered.
How can we work towards balancing our root chakra...
There are many ways we can help to achieve balance in this chakra. Connecting with nature, meditation, mindful walking, eating root vegetables and a healthy diet, yoga, journaling and using affirmations. Affirmations being the focus of this post.
When using affirmations it is important to notice how they make you feel. If it feels wrong and causes you to feel discomfort saying it, notice that. Maybe explore why that is but change the wording until you can feel good saying it. The affirmation is to help empower you to take control of your thinking mind. To rewrite any negative self talk and replace them with kindness and lobe for yourself. This cant be done however if you are struggling with the affirmation, for instance if it feels like a lie. Take the affirmation I am safe for example. If you were to repeat this over and over when you were actually in a very unsafe situation, your brain and body would be fighting against you saying it. Where as if you were safe but finding it hard to calm yourself, the affirmation I am safe could be very grounding. So play around with the wording, make it your own. Memorise it, repeat it, don't just read it. I am safe could turn into may I be safe, I am safe in this moment, Safety is my birth right. This goes for any affirmation, make them your own.
Choose one or two to work with for the next week. Write them down, set them as reminders in your phone and say them in front of the mirror everyday. The more you hear it, see it and feel it, the more it will be.
Root chakra affirmations
Feel free to use these, change them up or create your own.
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Comment below with your favourite way to ground and centre yourself.
follow the leader
Sometimes the simplest games are the best one! This game can be done inside or outside, on yoga mats or around your space. I like to play this game by starting in a circle or with partners facing each other. You can include some yoga poses, some funny dances, jumping over things and so much more. Be sure to go first so that you can show them a few possibilities and then let everyone have a turn to be the leader. As it is halloween this week you could fit in some halloween themed poses such as
Zombie Walk (get creative)
Monster Breath (lions breath)
Witch on a broom (warrior 2)
Pumpkin (childs pose)
Spooky tree (tree pose)
creaky gate (gate pose)
flying witch (chair pose)
Vampire (mountain pose)
Bat (boat pose)
A nice twist on the classic. Yogi says an instruction and then the child or group do as Yogi says. If the instruction is given without ‘Yogi says’ at the beginning the children should not do the task. If they do, they must stand in mountain pose for three breaths before joining back in.
Here are some suggestions for Yogi Says…..
• Stand in tree pose
• Sit on the floor
• Do 5 jumping jacks
• Run on the spot
• Practice plank pose
• Show me a strong warrior pose
• Touch your toes
• Put your hands on your head
• Do a funny dance
• Stand on one leg
• Act like a froggy
You could also add some of the halloween themed poses mentioned previously.
You can practice some yoga poses that you have already worked with as well as new ones if you can demonstrate them first. By adding in some other fun things as well as just yoga poses, it keeps it fun and exciting as they really do not know what is coming next. You can also let the children have a turn at being yogi.
1,2,3 Spooky yoga tree
One person stands at one edge of the room, they are ‘it’, while the rest of the group/family starts at the opposite wall standing on one leg in the tree pose. If you are playing this game in a bigger space, just make a line to define the starting and finishing points. The person who is ‘it’ turns their back to the group and counts aloud “1, 2, 3 spooky yoga trees” and then quickly turns back to look at the group. When ‘it’ is not watching, the other children can move forward, but when ‘it’ turns around they must stand on one leg in the tree pose. If ‘it’ sees you standing on two legs or moving forward, they can call on you to go back to the wall (or starting point). Whoever gently touches ‘it’ first, becomes the next ‘it’. I like to add some spooky music to this one.
Intuition is something that we are born with, yet along the way we can lose connections with it. How many times have you thought to yourself - "I knew I should have done that" or "I knew that was a bad idea".
Being connected to our intuition allows that inner voice to become more clear, we can start to trust it more and are better able to move forward and make better decisions. Here are a few more benefits of connecting with our intuition:
Here are five ways that you can connect with your intuition starting today.
Sit in an easy seat (legs crossed on the ground, sitting up nice and tall). You may like to close to your eyes if it feels good to do so. Slowly count from one to ten. If any thought comes to your mind, immediately go back to one. Watch for even the smallest of thoughts. This practice is not about not having thoughts but rather bringing an awareness to our thoughts. The thoughts that we are not aware off may be the ones making us feel a certain way and making us act a certain way. Perhaps our actions would be different if we were more conscious of these thoughts.
Did you make it to ten?
With yoga of course!
Here are three games that we love to play at home rain or shine!
All you need is some pom poms and a pot (cake tin, mixing bowl etc). Pour the pom poms into the middle and then everyone uses their feet to pick up the individual pom poms and place them into the pot/ bowl. I like to use different sizes to change things up. This is a great way to work those toe muscles in a gentle and fun way. It is simple, fun and easy to clean up!
Follow the leader
You can include some yoga poses, some funny dances, jumping over things and so much more. Be sure to go first so that you can show them a few possibilities and then let everyone have a turn to be the leader.
Rock, Paper, scissors
Get into partners if there are more than two of you. If there is an odd number, someone can play on the next round. Once in a partnership, stand back to back with one another. As you count one, take one step forward. Two, take another. Three, and another. Say ‘Draw’ and quickly get into your poses, either rock, paper, or scissors.
As we do not have winners and losers in our yoga practice instead, we focus on how we can join these poses together. We sometimes stack the rocks, scissor massage the rocks (chopping hand motion), join the scissors together by coming into a double boat kind of posture and so on. The possibilities are limited only to the imagination. Then we go again.
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