Self-care and Well Being

What is Self-care and Well-being?

We have a tendency to put self-care aside as the challenges of modern life make us over-stimulated, exhausted, stressed, tired, frustrated, and desperate. If it sounds like this is you, you’re not alone. We live in a society that’s asking us to work harder, faster, and longer to accomplish more in less time. You may start feeling as if there is no off switch. To make it worse you may think, feeling this way is normal.

The irony is that you’ve been fooling yourself. The culture of ambition and nonstop working is taking a toll on your health, happiness, and overall well-being. While you have some capacity to adapt and be resilient, you are not meant to function at this nonstop pace. It’s like you plugged Christmas lights into a nuclear power plant without a way to manage and regulate the energy coming into the system, you’ll end up being fried.

Self-care is defined as consciously taking responsibility for meeting your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. It’s a practice of choosing to spend time engaging in self-care activities and things that nourish you at all levels of being, also avoiding experiences and situations that deplete your happiness and energy. The cultural norm of self-sacrifice runs opposite to self-care. Self-care is not the same as being selfish or narcissist; rather, it’s a practice of tending to your mind and body needs instead of ignoring and minimizing them.

Qualities of Self-care:

Paradigm Shift:

You must realize that the modern view of “work longer, harder, and faster” will make you sick and miserable. You must understand that ignoring your needs for health and balance is not sustainable in the long run and will ultimately cause you to suffer. Take a honest look within, are you feeling great while working harder, faster, longer; if not, you need to make a paradigm shift. As the philosopher and spiritual teacher Jiddu Krishnamurti says, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” Only when you make self-care a priority, you will be balanced and happy.

Prevention and Recuperation:

Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine modalities have a common theme of self-care as a proactive approach to health and happiness. Most people only take action when something has gone wrong. With self-care, you take responsibility for your wellness and looking after yourself before exhaustion or illness hits you. Self-care is also a good concept when you need to recover from an illness, injury, overwork, or burnout. In order to return to a life of balance and vitality, you need to recognize that you need to make the effort to give yourself what you need to heal. Yoga is an excellent healing modality both as physical movement and keeping your mind calm.

It’s a Discipline and a Skill:

In a world of striving and straining, self-care is not normal; it may feel unnatural to take time for your well-being. It takes commitment and practice to make self-care as a frequent habit. It requires you to recognize traditional wisdom of yoga that work on all levels —physical and mental health, happiness, and fulfillment at all levels.

Self-love:

To some self-care may appear as self-indulgent concept, or lazy and fluffy. It is actually an important act of giving yourself the gift of unconditional love, acceptance, and nourishment. Self-care is putting your oxygen mask on first before attempting to help another. It’s recognizing that you are not in a position to help others at the expense of your happiness and well-being. In order to help others, your glass needs to be full; giving from a half glass will only drain you further. In the end, if you don’t take care of yourself, it’s highly unlikely that someone else will do it for you.

Holistic approach:

It means every aspect of your life: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual require equal attention to return to a holistic state of balance and vitality.

You have the power to affect every aspect of your life—happiness, health, work, relationships, fulfillment, and spiritual growth. When you care for self, you care for your soul. When you listen to your soul for balance and integration, self-care becomes a catalyst for your ongoing conscious evolution.

In the New Year, give your mind, body, and spirit a fresh start by committing to healthier habits. At Mind to Body we offer many holistic programs to choose from. You can join yoga practice, get nutrition guidance, or take some workshops for self-care and more. Check out our yoga schedule, wellness, and workshop offerings.

Self-care and Well Being
Melissa L.
Melissa L.
01:32 29 Jan 20
I simply love this place!!! This is my go to yoga every time I'm in Mississauga. Great energy very welcoming place and very clean!!! The classes are not too crowded and the teachers are so nice!!! Great experience!!!read more
Nadia Lebar
Nadia Lebar
01:59 15 Jan 20
Mind to Body was the first place I started yoga at and I have no desire to go anywhere else! From the very first day I felt comfortable and at ease with all the instructors as they work with everybody’s abilities. The space is clean and very inviting!read more
Amanda Nicholls
Amanda Nicholls
01:38 13 Jan 20
Lovely knowledgeable teachers. The owner is super nice and gets to know her clients.The facility is clean, had a comfy atmosphere and offers free tea to practitioners, the only dislike I have id that there is Buddah images and statues everywhere and not everyone coming to the studio may not be a Buddhist. It would be nice if the studios itself did not have statues, other than that it is a overall great experience.read more
Erica D'Onofrio
Erica D'Onofrio
18:46 08 Jan 20
I started attending Mind to Body Yoga & Fitness December 2018. The studio is very welcoming and clean. The staff are so nice and want nothing but the best for you. I enjoy how the studio offers a variety of classes targeted for all levels of yoga participants. I leave every class I participate in feeling renewed and energized.read more
A Google User
A Google User
03:01 08 Jan 20
Great studio, the instructor was very attentive with me especially because it was my first class in their studio. I will definitely be a long time member.read more
zaida portillo
zaida portillo
18:03 04 Jan 20
I did my Yoga Teacher Training at Mind to Body Yoga and it was one of the best decisions I've made. When you walk into the studio you feel a sense of home and community. The studio is beautiful and well kept. The training was in depth and very organized, while at the same time fun! Pritpal, the studio director who leads the training is wonderful and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend the studio for YTT and also to practice in.read more
Sara Ryatt
Sara Ryatt
22:35 12 Dec 19
I was in search of a yoga teacher training program and stumbled upon Mind to Body....its become my second home ever since. The yoga teacher training program was very detail oriented and definitely prepared for my yoga journey. They covered a lot of topics like anatomy and basics of ayurveda as well. I continue to attend regular yoga classes there now. They offer many various different types of classes..my favs are the restorative and yin classes. The staff is very inviting and friendly and the studio is very very clean and well maintained. Oh yea...can't forget the complimentary delicious detox tea i have every time i attend a class is a bonus!!read more
olga g
olga g
00:29 05 Nov 19
Great prenatal classes. Would recommend to anyone this place. Inside is very inviting and positive environment.
christal gordon
christal gordon
18:09 01 Nov 19
The mind to body yoga teacher training program was a life changing experience. Not only were we taught the foundations of yoga practice, we were also given the opportunity to form relationships with a variety of yogis. I have grown in confidence since started this program and look forward to start teaching and sharing the joy instilled in me with others. Thank you mind to body!read more
Lindsay LeBlanc
Lindsay LeBlanc
14:51 09 Oct 19
I attended training here and loved it! It is very warm and welcoming, and Pritpal is truly dedicated to serving the community!read more
Louis French Los
Louis French Los
01:51 19 Aug 19
Loved it! Did a drop in today - was visiting from out of town. Staff were super friendly and welcoming gave a great tour. The class was great especially the lavender oil in shavasanaread more
poonam pandher
poonam pandher
17:48 10 Jul 19
If I could give Mind to Body more than 5 stars I would! Since starting at this studio 6 months ago, all my aches and pains have been eliminated. That's due to yoga but more so thanks to the personable, caring, passionate and dedicated instructors. It's a blessing to have found a yoga studio where each class by any instructor here is taught with so much passion and bring their own experiences and way of teaching, teaching the right techniques and foundations of poses (grounding feet and hands) alot of others overlook when teaching. They don't ever ever ever make you feel like you have to do a pose they always tell you to follow your body. Love the variety of classes, started with Restorative yoga and now on to hot detox yoga which I didn't ever think I'd do. Mind to body has a great community of employees and members who are always friendly with a huge smile on their faces. It's been so great to connect with other members especially while having the detox tea, yum! Honestly don't know how they keep it so clean with so many members but it's immaculate and shiny. Floors are always swept and mopped constantly. Couldn't have found a more amazing yoga studio, love you guys for all that you do! It's definitely been a life changing process and I'm excited to continue to grow in every way with all of you :).read more
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
13:39 28 Mar 19
I found this studio six months ago, after having searched for a calm and rejuvenating space for a long time. I'm so grateful that Mind to Body Yoga has become my space for growth, fitness and connection.I have tried various classes and I love the fact that each and everyone of them is inviting, knowledgeable and caring about the pace and the participants.The studio is always clean and organized.They also offers many classes on meditation and restorative yoga to enhance and learn new techniques.I have certainly achieved a better mind to body connection since I joined this studio.read more
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