What does wellbeing mean to you? Maybe you have a daily routine to take stock of your own wellbeing, or in comparison, maybe you know it’s something you want to give more focus to, but you feel you don’t have time or are just struggling to figure out how to integrate it regularly into your life.
At Brighton Natural Health Centre we have a timetable of classes, workshops and talks to assist you in bringing wellbeing into your life. So, as we come to the end of Wellbeing Week, we thought we’d highlight the different ways to feel a sense of wellbeing through our platform, and maybe you can find something that best suits you, and your wellbeing needs.
Time for you
To begin with, it can be important to understand that wellbeing starts with taking time for you and you only. This can be a hard concept to grasp if you are used to always doing things for others. As a parent we can naturally put our children first, within a demanding job there are work priorities that can take over, or similarly, maybe within your relationships with friends, partners and family you just have a tendency to put their needs before yours. Anything coming to mind for you here?
So, before you start choosing your wellbeing activities, setting realistic time slots in your week for your wellbeing, and wholeheartedly committing to these times, for you, can be the most pivotal step to moving closer to your continuous sense of wellbeing.
We can suggest to communicate and share your wellbeing needs with the people closest to you, and then you may start to welcome a couple of slots a week solely for you and your wellbeing. If, of course, you already have moments in your week for your wellbeing, maybe you want to gently add in a few more slots (half hour, or 1 hour) to your original wellbeing schedule.
If you want you can use this basic weekly template to add in your wellbeing slots and gradually add more wellbeing moments in your week as you feel. Do add all the times in the day, from the time you wake up, to the time you go to sleep. You could keep it pinned on the fridge so that everyone in your house is also aware of your schedule.
Just a note, that sometimes doing something for ourselves (if it’s not our normal way of doing things) can bring up uncomfortable feelings. These feelings could include guilt, shame, selfishness, doubt, but know that over time these feelings will subside as your wellbeing schedule becomes a familiar routine and a loved part of your life. Of course, if you are finding it really difficult to do something for yourself, seek further help via your GP.
Do what you enjoy
Wellbeing needs are different for everybody. So, when choosing wellbeing activities, a good place to determine what you need, is to first ask yourself, what brings you joy? Is it those quiet moments? Or something that gets your heartrate up? Or maybe a bit of both? Is it doing something social/in a group setting? Or do you prefer 121 classes?
I personally like to make a list of all the things I enjoy, put them in a hierarchy from most enjoyable to less, then choose activities based on my top enjoyabilities.
What do you enjoy doing?
Our classes and workshops
We know that we have a lot of different classes and maybe you are new to hearing such Sanskrit words like Ashtanga, so here is a general overview of what each of our classes can be useful for in a few short words:
Pilates: A great way to strengthen and tone the body. It will get the heart rate up a little, through isolated movements within different muscle groups.
Slow flow yoga: A great way to challenge yourself physically and mentally. It is also a good class for those new to yoga because of the slower pace of the class
Hatha yoga: A gentle form of movement that bring body and mind awareness, and in turn clarity of mind.
Iyengar yoga: A supportive class of basic yoga postures (beginners) to challenging postures (all levels) with the use of props (support mechanisms)
Ashtanga yoga: A continuously moving class through a dynamic series of postures (‘asanas’), each pose synchronised with a calm, controlled breath. This class will push you mentally and physically, so this is not a class for beginner yogis but for those who are aiming to advance in their daily yoga practise.
Mysore yoga: A traditional Ashtanga yoga class that offers students a space to progress through the postures with support and to gain one to one attention from a teacher in a group setting. An all round challenging class, and knowledge of Ashtanga basic postures and sun salutations is advised.
Yin yoga: A stretching style of yoga practise to calm the nervous system and restore the body. Great for destressing.
Ballet: A fun version of traditional Cecchetti style ballet dance, welcoming everyone to express themselves through ballet movements.
Endless movement: A dynamic form of movement, to go beyond the body. A class to investigate and explore movement capabilities.
Qigong: A meditative practise of mind, body and breath work. This class will bring vitality.
Seiki: A gentle breathing and movement style to assist in clearing energy blockages in the body. Great for healing and renewing the body and mind.
Over 50s yoga: As it says in the title – Yoga for over 50s. This class will help boost circulation, calm the nervous system and get that tone back into the muscles through an integrated series of yoga type movements.
Guided relaxation: A seated class, eyes closed and a mind guided practise to calm your senses.
To choose and book any of the above classes at Brighton natural Health Centre, follow this link: https://brightonnaturalhealthcentre.org.uk/timetable/
We also have a monthly membership class pass if this would suit your needs better.
If you need any further assistance on what type of class would be best for you, do not hesitate to email us on :
We are here to guide you.
Crystal Skinner is a yoga teacher and writer. She is Yoga Alliance certified in Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa, Swing/aerial and myofascial release, meditation, pranayama and Kundalini. She is also a qualified NLP practitioner and journalist. She loves cats, eco-friendly focuses and tea in all forms. Full bio and get in touch with Crystal here.
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