This week, I’m participating in Mental Health Week at a local high school. I am incredibly honored that I get to speak to these kids and share the practice of yoga. As you all know, mental health is incredibly important to me, and let’s be honest – who wasn’t a big ball of stress when they were a teenager?
As I’ve been moving through the planning process, I’ve been reflecting on how different styles of yoga are more effective depending on mood.
Sound healing is becoming more and more popular. This year, I have been to two events that feature sound baths, but I have seen countless others advertised. I am here for it. It’s soothing and creates a really unique experience. However, playing a singing bowl has always seemed intimidating. I used to work in a holistic health center and would mess around when new ones came in. I couldn’t quite get the hang out it. Since then, I’ve learned that mass produced versus handmade makes all the difference. After lusting for my own singing bowl for a long time, I finally found a beautiful handmade one, and it is pure magic.
As someone in the wellness world, I feel the pressure to heal anything and everything naturally. However, I believe in finding a balance. Western medicine can support the Eastern medicine practices I choose. And vice versa. We don’t have to live in extremes. Back in May I made the decision to start taking something for my OCD and anxiety. Yes, I am a yoga teacher and I take Zoloft. And you know what? It was the best decision I could have made for myself.
With the rise in popularity of aura photography, I’m sure you’ve seen at least one person post their’s on Instagram. As a kid, I used to giggle at the idea of an aura but between yoga and my previous experience of working in a holistic health center, my mind has been opened. All of that stuff that’s considered “woo-woo,” I not only probably know about it, but it’s also likely I’ve tried it first hand. And now I’ve had my aura photographed too.
My poor skin has been having a moment for a few weeks now. It started with trying a different brand of tea tree oil, of all things, that my skin did not agree with. I broke out on my T-zone – forehead, nose, and chin. My skin type has always been sensitive and dry but since I broke out, I have been an oily mess. I’m not sure if it’s from the tea tree, the change in weather, my body adjusting to coming off hormonal birth control, or all of the above. Either way, I clearly needed to reevaluate my current products.
It took me long enough, but last week I finally went back to Flo2s for an infrared sauna session. I had previously gone for float therapy, which you can read about here. I know a few people that swear by infrared saunas, including my best friend, so I booked my appointment to start off my long weekend. Infrared saunas are different from traditional saunas in that they use infrared light to warm up your body and core temperature directly.
In the US, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, while in the UK, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. For those of you that don’t know, I have anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. While I have not written about it extensively on here, I post updates and struggles on my Instagram and have uploaded a couple of videos to my YouTube channel, including “OCD & Me”. I’m also honest with my students and have used anxiety as a theme for class on multiple occasions.