December 6 – reverb11 – Salud (Health).

Via Michelle Margaret Fajkus
on Dec 6, 2011
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What did you do for your body’s benefit this year?

Special thanks to Jeffrey Davis of Tracking Wonder for providing today’s prompt.
Our bodies are our temples.
How were you mindful of your physical health throughout 2011? Did you change your diet or exercise routine? Did you practice yoga or meditation? How well did you take care of your body this year? Share your experiences in the comments section below by posting a response and/or a link to the #reverb11 post on your blog.

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” ~Buddha

Reverb is a month-long endeavor in reflecting on the past year and envisioning the year to come. Find out more about Reverb11. Check out the daily prompts and feel free to write publicly on this blog or privately in your diary, as much or as little as you want, as often or seldom as you are compelled to.


About Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Michelle Margaret is a Gemini yogini, writer, teacher and retreat leader who founded Yoga Freedom in 2002 in Austin, Texas. Her home since 2012 is Lake Atitlán, Guatemala where she lives in a tiny eco cabin with her Colombiano partner and their adorable daughter, dog and two gatos. Michelle has been writing this column for elephant journal since 2010 and has written some inspiring books, with more on the way. She leads yoga and mindfulness retreats and serves as the retreat managers for the stunningly beautiful Villa Sumaya on majestic Lago Atitlan. Her lineage is the very esoteric Yoga Schmoga, which incorporates hatha yoga asana, dharma (Buddhist) teachings, pranayama (breath work), yin yoga, mindfulness practices and meditation. Join Michelle on retreat in Guatemala!


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  3. Loren says:

    Yaay, I am first for this one 🙂
    This year, age 34, I ran my first half marathon. I realised in mid 2010 that my body was not something I was proud of anymore and I had lost faith in its ability to support me. I went to the gym, went back to yoga and got in shape. The half-marathon in April was the cumulation of 9 months of training. Since then I have started running almost barefoot (in Vibrams) and this has been an amazing learning experience. I have rebuilt the muscles in my feet and am now far, far more conscious of where my feet touch the ground. Running has become an even more intense grounding and conscious experience than before, and running barefoot has really improved my balance in my yoga. Today I feel that my body is strong and supportive of my being. It has also improved its ability to communicate to me and let me know when I am out of balance. Loving the body I am in is also good for increasing my self-love and achieving my goal was extremely satisfying. Thank you body, I am so grateful.

  4. yoga freedom says:

    I don't really want to answer this question, because I feel like I'm not treating my body as well as I could or "should" or have in the past. I do practice yoga and eat reasonably healthily and meditate and walk and sometimes swim … My intention is to do all those things with more discipline and focus in the coming year.

    Really, what is most important to my health (physical, mental, emotional & spiritual) is meditation. My daily sitting meditation practice (of anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes) is what keeps me sane and balanced.

  5. Valerie Carruthers says:

    Maybe it's because Ayurvedically my constitution is Vata-Pitta, meaning I'm about 50% air (hopefully not too much of an airhead!) that what makes good health for me is so variable. Because I belong to an organic food buying club I receive a weekly basket of clean fruits and veggies. Still because I'm so Vata I can go out of balance quite easily. I usually have to watch so that I don't overload my nervous system with too much of a good thing, be it exercise, Yoga or writing into the night.

    If I have one resolution for 2012 it would be to keep more regular hours, including a set time for meditation. The rishis have always prescribed living according to a regular daily schedule as best for Vata. Whether I can stick with it remains to be seen.

  6. learningcurvesblog says:

    In January of this year I began training for my first marathon. It had been a dream of mine for several years but I often suffer from "analysis paralysis" which results in a whole lot of thinking about things and not enough doing. Since 2011 was my year of Awakening, of actually taking the steps towards achieving my goals rather than just thinking about them, I joined Team in Training and became a marathoner on June 5, 2011.
    Although I have always been very critical of my body image (and never satisfied), I took such good care of it that it carried me through a full marathon, 2 half-marathons and my first trail 10K this year. It also proved to be strong and dependable during the 12+ mile course on top of Squaw Valley during Tough Mudder…tackling a multitude of military style obstacles. And it reveled in a new endeavor…Hot Yoga.

    I rewarded it with clean, mostly vegetarian, eating (I occasionally eat fish) and by cutting way back on alcohol consumption. I dry brush my body most mornings, exfoliate my face and actually use moisturizer (finally). I have one body to carry me through my entire life…I figure I should at least treat it better than I do my car. I'm healthier at 40 years old then I've ever been in my life…and I think I may surpass that at 41!

  7. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Love this.
    This year I've learned to how it is to become more intimate in my yoga practice – we all know that yoga is much more than making shapes, but when the actual internal realisation happens, everything changes.

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  8. MQue says:

    I remained committed to Kickboxing, Yoga and Swimming and I am at the moment working on and struggling with a morning practice. I have been working on my breathing techniques and exercises to fell my body with life giving and calming breath. Next challenge: Eating well for my body.

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