Even if you’re a devoted yogi with a regular practice, if you’re like most of us, you could probably afford to take better care of your health. In fact, we’re guessing your New Year’s resolutions include at least one of the following: eating a healthier diet, practicing yoga more often, making time for meditation, or simply enjoying a little downtime every day.
From stepping out of your yoga comfort zone to discovering the best supplements for your diet, here are 4 ways to be your healthiest you.
1. Shake up your yoga practice
Even if you have a daily practice, it may be getting, well, a bit stale. The new year is the perfect time to try a new form of yoga. Unsure where to begin? Start by taking this quiz, which can help you discover which yoga hybrid is right for you.
It’s also fun to “play” with a style of yoga you haven’t tried before. Iyengar yoga is a great way to add variety, fun, and new props to your practice. Restorative yoga can help you relax, reset, and recharge for the new year. Learn more about other types of yoga here.
2. Make time for meditation
Research shows that the many benefits of meditation make it a viable complement to conventional healthcare. Here are 7 meditation practices for you to try this year, plus a New Year’s meditation for each dosha. Need a little help getting into a calm and relaxed state? A serving of Sundown® Naturals Stress Formula supplies you with 200 mgs of L-Theanine, an amino acid that’s an active ingredient in Japanese green tea, helping you unwind and find tranquility.*
3. Eat seasonally and choose the right supplements
In the wintertime, Ayurveda says “underground” veggies like squashes, beets, carrots, potatoes, and sweet potatoes are key to a healthy diet, along with fermented foods and foods rich in fiber, essential fatty acids, and proteins. It’s also important to choose the right supplements (talk to your doctor before including any supplements in your diet).
To help get the immune-supporting microbes we’ve evolved to host in out guts, be sure to source organic, seasonal foods and herbs, says John Douillard, co-leader of Yoga Journal’s Ayurveda 101 online course. Turmeric has been used in traditional wellness practices, Douillard says. Sundown® Naturals Turmeric supplies you with beneficial curcuminoids, which are plant-based antioxidants.* One capsule a day can help fight cell-damaging free radicals.*
See also Intro to Ayurveda: The Three Doshas
4. Rest, relax, and unplug
Sometimes, the healthiest resolution you can make is to do nothing at all. Here are 7 ways to start disconnecting from your devices, from (gasp!) leaving your phone at home during the day to enjoying a screen-free evening. Getting enough sleep is also critical for good health. Sundown® Naturals Whole Herb Valerian Root, traditionally used for occasional sleeplessness, works in harmony with your natural cycle to help you relax and get the rest you deserve.*
See also Unplug from Technology, Boost Health
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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