I know you all know that February has Valentines day, but did you know it is National Heart month too? And this year… I celebrated my 40th with dear friends and family planned with love by my husband. What meant more to me was the planning and effort to do something special for me vs any material gift I could have received.
So, my theme for this newsletter is the heart, and the heart chakra. It is time for a shift. Some of us are stuck in our base or 1st Chakra- “I have” and greed, focused on our stuff and keeping it. Many of us are stuck in the solar plexus, or 3rd Chakra with “I can” as our guiding force, trying to prove, anger and aggression. We need to shift up to the heart or 4th chackra, with “i love” as our guiding mantra. It embodies commitment, excitement, and self love which emanates love towards others and acceptance. Are you ready to shift? I am here to help. Visit website for offering and read on.
Below I offer advice for MInd, Body and spirit and a partner workout. Enjoy.
Open up your heart and let love and gratitude in!
Lots of love to give and to receive!
MIND: meditation, gratitude, express love.
Instead of thinking about what we don’t have, lets start being grateful for what we do have. In light of recent tragic events: Sandy Hook shooting, Hurricane Sandy, (bad year to be named Sandy), lets be grateful for our lives and the outpouring of support. A friend recently suggested to me to wake up in the morning and, instead of thinking about all the things I had to do, just be grateful for whatever greets me that day- challenges, lessons, observations, blessings and opportunity. Open up and receive the day with gratitude.
BODY:Exercise, food, self care.
For dates with your friends or special someone, do something active and exciting. Go take a rock climbing class, trapeze class, race go carts, go dancing, or go for a snowshoe or cross county ski in the beautiful, snowy woods. Just play, giggle, laugh and be free.
Cook together as a family or couple instead of eating out. Here are some healthy aphrodisiacs (IDEA fitness journal, February 2013): Almonds, anise seed, arugula, broccoli rate, carrots, chocolate, coffee, coriander, fennel, figs, garlic, ginger, honey, hot pepper, licorice, nutmeg, oysters, pineapple, pinenuts, raspberries, strawberries, vanilla, watermelon. Experiment with food, get creative…. wink wink!
SPIRIT: Feed your soul, let your spirit and character shine.
Tell someone close to you you love them, even if you think they know. Tell them you are grateful for them in your life. Smile at a stranger- its contagious. Do an act of kindness for someone, just because. Here is an example…
My Dad recently went to get sweet rolls for my kids when we were at Jay Peak, Vt. Skiing. An older man stood outside directing cars in zero degree temps. My dad asked him if there was a place to buy sweet rolls inside and the man directed him while commenting on how delicious they were. My dad came out a few minutes later with his sweet rolls along with a cup of hot coffee and a sweet roll for the kind man… just because. A random act of kindness that went a long way for both people and the lady who served them! Way to go Daddy.
PARTNER 20 min TABATA: warm up for 5 minutes. Then do each set of 4 exercises 2x (There are four groups of four exercises). 20 sec each exercise, then 10 sec rest between. No more than 30 seconds between groups of exercises.
1) -Squat thrust/ Burpee facing each other with high fives, jump up.
-Mountain climbers facing each other with hand patty cakes with each leg shift.
– Squat jump up high fives, tap ground, chest up facing each other.
-Plank patty cakes- face each other in plank, patty cake, opp hands.
2) -Push up do-si-so. Face each other in P/u position, p/u, walk hands/feet back 4 steps, p/u, walk forward 4 steps etc.
-Wall squat, with partner back on wall, other partner puts hands on partners knees, facing away and does dips while kicking feet can/can style.
– Annoying partner drill- face each other in squat stance, on toes, try to tap/smack each others knees, legs while moving and trying to block taps.
3) -Back to back side plank- hip taps ground and up.
-Partner pulls- One partner on back on ground with knees bent. Other person stands, clasp opposite hand. Standing partner pulls other up to stand then lowered back down. (Ground partner does sit up to stand)
4) -Partner on back on ground legs lifted in air. Other Partner stands by head, ankles grasped by partner on ground. Up partner pushes others legs towards ground all directions.
-Same position. Do