‘Why don’t you write a blog post about yoga and baking?’ the message came through from my closest friend. I was immediately imagining my yoga mat adorned with cupcakes. It could certainly act as an incentive to get closer to the floor or at the very least a snack mid way through.
In December I had been her last minute plus one on yoga retreat. Previous to this I had done one yoga class, but I jumped at the chance. It turned out to be a weekend where every emotion under the sun was felt, the most inspirational yoga teacher was met and yoga became part of my daily life. And then there was the food, we ate like kings for the duration of the weekend. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and an afternoon tea, it was like being on holiday with my family where it’s a running joke that you never go without food for more than a couple of hours. After the first dinner of roasted sweet potato topped with vegetarian chilli, there was a mutual joy of anticipation of the next meal and the sharing of this food together. One of the reasons I love baking/cooking is being able to then share the bounty with those around me. Food has a wonderful way of bringing people together, there were almost moments of silence around the table when the food stole the show and the appreciation was shown in smiles and glances between us.
I hadn’t anticipated that Yoga would become a daily practice for me, but it has. Since January I started following Yoga with Adriene and have been joining in daily with her monthly calendars. Why? For the very same reason I bake, it gives me headspace, be it 20 mins on an hour, this is time where I can effectively zone out of my surroundings and have some me time. In a group, on my own, or as I practiced yesterday with Mini M watching me on the sofa, he didn’t want to join in but I spied him raising his arms with me and by the end he was almost asleep, yoga by proxy! Yoga has given me a greater self awareness, identifying how we’re feeling in what can often be a hectic day and allowing time just to be with ourselves can never be underestimated.
I combined yoga and baking recently by making my some affirmation biscuits. Sometimes we all need that little bit of extra encouragement, someone or something reassuring us, a few words can make all the difference. In my case making the affirmation edible made complete sense, I could have my words and eat them!
Self care may be the buzzwords of 2018 but don’t let that you put you off. I’m fully embracing it, why would we not want to look after ourselves. If you find something that makes you happy, embrace it, love it, make time for it.