We believe that yoga is about more than self-care, though all the other elements and components of yoga stem from our own connection with our own wellness and true nature. As we continue on a path of surrender, we look to see what we hope to gain, and what we can let go of in order to grow and be well. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines 8 dimensions of wellness in order to bring balance to our physical and mental well-being.
The Eight Dimensions of Wellness are:
- Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
- Environmental—Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
- Financial—Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
- Intellectual—Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
- Occupational—Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
- Physical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
- Social—Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
- Spiritual—Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life
As we explore self-care and surrender it may benefit us to look at each of these areas in turn, or to choose a particular area of focus that has particular meaning to us at this point in our lives. As we can see, the practice of yoga, in all of its elements (meditation, asana, pranayama) fits in to many of these dimensions of wellness.
We thank you for surrendering to your practice and engaging in our community! It certain keeps our yoga connections strong and supported. 🙂