- Begin standing
- Inhale, arms up above the head
- Exhale, dive the arms down and fold forward from the hips
- Inhale, look up and slide your arms up your legs until your back is flat
- Exhale, bend your knees to plant your hands in front of you and walk back into a V shape
- Inhale, drop down to you knees, come on to your belly with your hands planted beside your chest
- Exhale, lift up into a back bend (no crunching in the low back please) hold for 4 breaths
- Inhale, push back into your V (downward facing dog)
- Exhale, lift the tailbone to the ceiling
- Inhale, look up to your hands
- Exhale, walk or jump your feet to your hands
- Inhale, arms out wide, lift yourself back into standing.
- Tada! You did a baby version of the energizing vinyasa flow. Congrats! Now make your office mates do it with you.
- Continue breathing
I am waiting for the day when it is common knowledge that the deeper your inhales are the more energized you can become, and the deeper your exhales are the more relaxed you become. That being said, count your breath. Take a minute (or 5 if you’re brave) and breathe in for 6 counts, breathe out for 4 or less. Use your stomach muscles to help push the air out of your body so you can make space for fresh oxygen. I bet you're trying it now, huh? Cool!
Take mini adventures
Make it feel like you are not missing out on summer by…not missing out on summer! Take mini adventures throughout the day. Make summer happen even if it's only for 30 minutes. Stash popsicles in the freezer or grab a sno-cone or gelato on your lunch break. Always keep a summer bag in the car because you never know when you may go past a splash pad in your commute. Drink a cocktail or beer at lunch (just one, this isn’t spring break for crying out loud). Play horseshoes in the parking lot or go tan your legs while you play on Facebook and drink tea for 5 minutes. Give yourself some fun and always have something to look forward to so that you can reward your hard work with 30 min summer breaks.
Set an intention
Whatever it is that you need to do to be a better version of you, intend to be that. Find your focus by setting your intention to do so. Just speak it, write it, or even think it, but do it!
Get your work done, earn your playtime, and have positive intentions for yourself every day! Those are my tips for focusing this summer. Blog done, time for me to sit in my plastic pool behind Balanced Bodies until my yoga class arrives. Can someone bring me a cold pop?