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501 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL, 60610

(630) 803-7157

Welcome to Gratitude Yoga! Gratitude Yoga offers yoga and yoga-fusion based classes. Gratitude’s classes support the entire client spectrum from first time students to experienced yogis. All are welcome! Bring your mat and meet new people in the Chicago community by taking yoga classes at the All About Dance studio located between Old Town and Lincoln Park! 

OFF THE MAT

Time is on my side

Lisa Scurlock


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how to stop time: kiss

how to travel in time: read

how to escape time: music

how to feel time: write

how to release time: breathe

Lately I have been feeling very pressed for time. With our wedding coming up time has been very crucial. I feel like every moment, every second matters. 

Another reason I think I feel like this is because the weather in Chicago is (finally) beautiful. Why do the winter months go by so slow and the summer months fly by? 

We all have the same hours in the day, days in the week, weeks in the month and months in the year...so why is time such a tricky thing?

We are all busy, but before using that as an excuse I challenge you this week to take some time out of your 'busy' schedule to kiss, read, listen to music, write and breathe off the mat


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"By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you've achieved, you can actually enhance everything about you. Self acknowledgement and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments."

#practicegratitude

 


TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS

DON'T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO. This is a hard one, that I personally struggle with. Saying no won’t make people hate you, but saying yes and failing to deliver will make you look and feel bad. Also, don't apologize for your decision to say no. Make sure you stay focused on keeping your life balanced. Make lists of things you need to accomplish, prioritize what matters most and stick to the list. 

NOURISH YOUR SOUL. Exploring creative endeavors unrelated to your full-time job will help you nourish your soul. Do you have a hobby? Is there something you have always wanted to try? I recently began blogging and it has been such a fun outlet for me - something completely different from teaching 20-some classes a week. Learn to knit, take a cooking class or go for a dip and swim in the pool.

MOVE YOUR BODY. Often times people use the excuse "I don't have time to work out". This is when you need it the most. Working out gives you energy, boosts your metabolism, signals endorphins and releases toxins. When we exercise we feel better in our skin and will feel motivated to accomplish more tasks, therefore we can practice better time management. Even if you only have thirty minutes to move your body, do it! 

REST. Resting is just as important as working out and exercising. You don't have to take an hour-long nap or even close your eyes. Recline in your favorite chair, imagine your happy place and for a few moments let go of the real life worries. 

CREATE A MORNING AND BEDTIME ROUTINE. Help get your day off to a productive start. The first thing I do when I wake up...no, it's not checking my email...I lay in bed for 60 seconds meditate and imagine my day. I think about the places I will go, the people I will see, the classes I will teach and the feelings I will feel. This ritual makes me excited for the day. In the evening I set aside quiet time. I reflect on my day by journaling, or I read in bed, or I meditate on things I am manifesting into my life. The best part is these things don't take a lot of time. 

Finally, when it seems like all you do is work, do your best to maintain perspective. It can be helpful to remind yourself that the stress will not last forever, and in the meantime, you have plenty of resources to cope with the stress, take back control of your life, because time in on your side.