Hello my name is Hope Pokocky and I am passionate about life! I love working out and finding different ways to give back to the wonderful body we were given for this journey on earth! Writing is my way of sharing this with you, hence the creation of www.Hopetoit.wordpress.com
Today I wanted to talk to you about the importance of allowing your mind, body and spirit to connect throughout your fitness journey! Happy reading :)
The best kind of exercise is the one that goes deeper than skin deep. Any type of exercise that you do will most definitely change your physical body but it is what happens underneath the skin that is so miraculous. Many benefits occur within your body and mind as a result of working out. Best of all, physical activity has a beautiful way of bringing your spirit, mind and body altogether as one.
If you let it, exercising will enhance not only your physical appearance but your mind and soul as well. It is a beautiful thing how taking care of yourself through exercise and nutrition can make your whole body vibrate with positive, healthy energy.
Now you may ask how one can be filled with such energy. I have only one tip for you. Remove all judgment from this journey. It is easy to get influenced to start working out in order to have a banging summer body but this should only be a positive side effect. Once you begin this journey of fitness for whatever reason it may be, you must allow yourself to connect with each aspect of your being on a deeper level.
Once you have removed all judgment, you are on the right path. You will now be able to reap all the benefits working out has to offer. See, by loving yourself enough to put in the hard work to keep your body in shape, your mind and spirit will also become healthier. As long as you are giving back to your body it will give back to you in ways you may have not imagined.
The best ways to be able to create a link between your body, mind and spirit is through exercise that nurtures these things. Yoga, pilates and exercise that revolve around these concepts will allow you to create that deeper connection within. An intense workout at the gym can connect your mind and body but your spirit or inner body is may be forgotten. It is important to perform exercise that will not only make your stronger but will allow you to focus on every aspect of you.
Any type of exercise you choose to tie these three aspects together will work as long as you are focusing on this. I believe yoga and pilates are two types of exercises that really favor this as they flow in a way that allow you to be present and nurture yourself. Your body is your vehicle on this earth while also being the home of your mind and spirit. By keeping your body healthy and fit your are creating a positive, beautiful place for your thoughts, personality, energy, essence, consciousness and so on.
When you are working out, focus on the energy you feel throughout your body. Be aware of what is happening as you are working out. Feel the rush of energy that it is creating. Your feet firmly planted on the ground or your core stabilizing your entire body. Be the exercise you are doing. Feel the power emanating from all your muscles. Every part of you is vibrating and pushing themselves further than they could before. Let your mind and spirit do this as well. Let your inner energy spread out of your body and shine bright.
When you allow this connection to be made between these three aspects within you, the beauty will be constant. You will feel your smile become bigger, your skin glowing, your energy vibrating on a positive frequency. Exercise is not just about having a nice backside or the perfect “V” abs. Exercise is much more than that and when you allow it to affect every aspect of your being you will understand the beauty of giving back to yourself through physical activity.
This easy breakfast recipe is so easy and so delicious! Tried it this morning and I am love it. All you need is avocados and eggs!
1 - Preheat your oven to 425F
2 - Cut the avocados in half and take out the pits. Scoop out about one tablespoon of the half of avocados so you have enough space to pour the egg.
3 - Crack the eggs and pour them into the hole of the Avocado.
4 - bake for 15-20 minutes
Growing up, my Mother always taught me the value of loving yourself. Training in two different competitive sports from a young age, I was always more focused on what my body could accomplish rather than what it looked liked.
Only up until recently though, I was convinced that my body was out to ruin my life.
At seven years old, I was diagnosed with a rare type of malformation in my left knee resulting in chronic pain and a knee three times the usual size. It was inoperable and my dream of becoming a professional athlete got a big red X put across it. My body was always breaking down leaving me angry and bitter. I couldn't even participate in physical education classes in school and that made me feel even more different and isolated.
Why was I having such a hard time healing? When there are people way worse off than me that are accomplishing amazing things in this world. I blamed myself for being a burden, convincing myself that it was all in my mind. So I would pretend that I wasn't hurt, pushing myself harder than anyone but that would only make me hit a large number of imaginary brick walls, leaving me not able to move for a couple days. After 13 years of enduring theses patterns, after seeing specialists, acupuncturist, spiritual healers, physiotherapists and being told that they had no clue how to help me, I was exhausted.
What was my body trying to tell me?
I knew my limits but I chose not to listen to them. Our bodies don't try to betray us. They have needs that we either are not in tune enough with or that we chose flat out to ignore. So sometimes they have to scream loudly for us to listen to them. Obviously most illnesses are not a result of a lack of awareness. Sometimes pain and sickness appear for no reason on our path and it is no ones fault. Whatever the cause though, we can always choose our attitude towards what faces us.
Don't focus on what your body can achieve, rather focus on what it can accomplish.
We all tend to fall into our egos trap sometimes. Pushing ourselves to appear less weak and then getting frustrated and angry at our body. Which in turn brings on a avalanche of "poor me's". Self pity is the most un-fun feeling to feel. In doesn't make you feel better like you think it might, it fact it will make you feel even worse than before.
You've got to give yourself a break. Seriously. Our bodies thrive on love and will only perish with hate. So focus on what keeps you grounded and inspires you.
Most of the time I treat my body like a temple, but when I feel like crap sometimes it turns into a garbage disposable. Eating junk food to try and comfort ourselves always backfire. We have to choose food that will help put energy into healing rather than draining it.
Being sick sucks, there's no way around that. But looking to others and comparing, will turn you into a jealous grouch. Go out and make yourself feel good. Happiness can come in simple pleasures. Being in nature, meditating, drinking your favourite type of tea. Whatever makes you happy. When we love our body and accept it the way it is, only then can we start to heal.
Le Studio Sacred Space, aka Sacred Space, aka Espace Sacrée, aka that one yoga studio in Mont-Tremblant with the crazy owners ... Whatever you call us, I thought it was maybe about time to put a little meaning behind our choice of name.
Have you ever felt at home somewhere, well that was not your physical home? Maybe it's on top of a mountain you just climbed, maybe it's in a little cafe in a city you never visted or it even may be just a feeling of being with certain people. Whatever it may be, your heart and soul are at ease and a feeling of happiness floods over you. Our family being the type of people that are sad when they get back from traveling. We learnt that home isn't necessarily materialistic but it is where you make it. It has some sort of sacredness to it.
So Sacred Space, a space that it sacred, it can be many different things depending on who you are. We created a space dedicated to what we thrive on, adventures-health-creativity, that we want to share with the community. What better emplacement is there than a Yoga Studio surronded by beautiful big gardens in the summer in the country.
Om nama sivaya