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5 Spring Cleaning Activities That Your Body & Mind Will Love You For

By Traci Wallace

Last week it was super warm in San Diego. I reluctantly pulled out my bathing suit on Saturday to get ready for a March beach day. “Yikes.” I thought to myself, this should be interesting. I wasn’t quite ready for bathing suit season.

Problem is, I haven’t been practicing as much yoga as I would like lately, and honestly, the frequency of my practice, like most yogi’s I know, tends to correlate with many other things in my life, one being how I feel about my body and a bunch of other things that I didn’t expect.

I looked at my closet, my car, my emails, my bills and then became aware of my tense shoulders.

It’s time for a springtime makeover! For me, that begins with yoga. Actually, most things begin with yoga for me.

When I maintain a regular yoga practice, everything tends to flow just a little better, there is harmony in my world, all, for the most part is pretty amazing. However, when the practice is inconsistent, so is everything else.

So, now that I am aware of this, here are 5 things I am going to do to get back in “the flow” and get ready for spring. I invite you to join me!

1. Make My Weekly Yoga Schedule: Like many people, my days are a bit unpredictable. Actually scheduling yoga appointments on your calendar allows you to plan life’s other responsibilities around your yoga, and not the other way around (like I have been doing lately). We all know that if we can just get to yoga all is well. So, let’s give it the proper place on the priority list that it deserves.

2. Organize your closet: Honestly, in my opinion organizing your closet is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself. Make sure that you “love” everything in your closet. If you don’t, get rid of it. Surrounding yourself with things you love makes life much more fulfilling. And bonus, you make space for new stuff.

3. Give your Car some love: Get your Car Detailed/Oil Change/Tires Rotated/Whatever needs to be come. I know this sounds so simple, but getting your car cleaned and cared for will create a peaceful feeling every time you get in your car. Trust me, I know from experience, it’s much better than the alternative of stressing about if your car is going to blow up because you haven’t had an oil change in 6 months (whoops).

4. Validate Your Intentions/Goals: What better way to start off a new season than by checking in with yourself, your goals and what you want your life to be like. You’d be surprised what happens when you check in and ask yourself, “what do I really want right now?” I know that vision boards are so 2010, but honestly, they work. Proof: The job I have right now is pretty much exactly what I pictured on my 2009 board (I’m not kidding). Another cool thing to do as a part of the ‘spring cleaning’ activities are 108 Sun Salutations to honor the change of the season and your intentions. I have done this for the last three seasons, and it’s such a cool way to reset and move forward. Here’s the info for the Spring Equinox 108 Sun Salutations on March 20th at Yoga Tropics.

5. Do Something Nice for Yourself: Buddha says, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” I can’t agree with this more, and that’s why I will be getting a massage, mani/pedi and treating myself to a yoga workshop this weekend. (Spring Cleanse with Ashton Szabo) Thanks Ashton, that fits right in with my weekend so nicely. Doing caring things for yourself is essential and provides a sense of alignment and harmony that you can’t get any other way. That’s because we are meant to take care of ourselves, we just get too busy sometimes and forget.

A couple other things you can do to is sign up for something (an race, photography classes, cooking classes) and plan a trip somewhere (preferably somewhere you have never been). Doing this is a great reminder that this is just the beginning of a new season and creates some cool things to look forward to. This always provides me with a sense of heightened motivation and I am sure it will do the same for you.

Take care of yourself and happy spring!

By Traci Wallace

Traci Wallace is a New York born Californian and former New Delhi resident. She is published writer, elephant journal columnist, and a self-proclaimed 70% businesswoman and 30% gypsy who loves to surf, do yoga, and meditate as much as she likes to create budgets and strategic plans. She is currently on a mission to educate people on the benefits of integrating and reinforcing wellness and purpose into business. To support this mission, she recently co-founded Live Weal, Inc. a boutique brand & event management agency representing socially conscious clients (and those who want to be) who do good things in the world, (or want to) with purpose. She currently resides in Encinitas, California. For more information, visit www.liveweal.com

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