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Anybody else feel the challenges of 2021 already? It’s here with full force and the energies following it are no different. As we all acclimate, re-ground, re-center, and re-energize, it’s going to be more important than ever to bring intentional mindfulness into this new year. Intentional mindfulness is all about, you guessed it, intention and being mindful!
We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.
Here are a few tips to bring in intentional mindfulness into your daily life:
Breathing is the life force. It regulates our anxiety, stress, depression, sleep, happiness, mood, and everything else that you can legitimately think of. As we lean into more intentional mindfulness in 2021, the first thing we need to be intentional and mindful about is ourselves. Tapping into a breathwork practice that allows you to notice how you are feeling in the now, in the present, will change the way your body, mind, and energy processes and reacts to whatever is happening around us. I’ve shared a few easy methods here and you can experience guided breathwork here.
Dear diary. No, I’m just kidding. But also, this.
There are different ways to journal, of course. Writing out your day-to-day, what happened, what you experienced, and giving the play by play in writing is one way to go about it. But bringing intentionality into your writing practice or your journaling practice is about being very specific about what it is that you are writing about at this time.
Are you manifesting? Are you problem-solving? Are you venting? Are you brain dumping? Are you expressing? Whatever it is that you’re doing, bringing an intention into your journaling practice can change this into an intentional mindful experience.
Try giving yourself a prompt or a topic before you start. This is going to help you deep dive into one specific topic, the thought, or the idea that you are working with. Other things may come from this topic, but you’ll be able to peel off the layers in a deeper way by sticking to the intention of what you are writing about.
Another big lesson for 2021 is a lesson in observing. It literally doesn’t matter what you want to observe. It could be a sound, a color, a person, a feeling, an emotion, a thought—anything. Whatever it is, take deep breaths and explore this particular thing. What is it? What are the textures and sensations? What is the shape? Notice the subtle differences. Observe your relationship with observing. Do you feel calm? How’s your breath? Do you feel impatient? Do you want to move on? What thoughts float through?
Nothing to do. Just notice.
Kyle House Fitness is Chattanooga’s premier fitness program offering group fitness classes and personal training with the best-certified instructors and trainers in the area. Located on Chattanooga’s thriving Southside, Kyle House Fitness is more than a gym, they pride themselves on building a welcoming and inclusive community. The owners of this gym, Kyle House and Kyle Miller (AKA The Kyles), may sound familiar to you since they recently wrote a blog post for us on how to be an LGBTQIA+ ally in the fitness space.
Since they happen to be one of the most influential duos in the fitness industry, we were eager to sit down and learn more about what wellness means to them. Ready to get to know The Kyles better? Let’s dive in.
We have always had a love for fitness. From an early age, we were both very athletic (swimming, gymnastics, and cheerleading). Once we graduated, we slowly transitioned into training young athletes and then later started working on our careers. Kyle House started personal training at a large gym and began building a solid career as a personal trainer and groups fitness instructor. Kyle Miller started working in marketing and communications ranging from politics, law enforcement, and tech becoming a leading public relations professional. After working in their fields for about 10 years they decided to combine their love of fitness with their experience and built one of the most successful fitness facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
During our time working at other gyms and visiting other facilities that many were either missing qualified and motivating trainers, topnotch customer service, or a workout that was balanced and would lead to results for everyone whether they were casual fitness enthusiasts or hardcore athletes. We are motivated on a day-to-day basis by the idea that we can always be better. The experience can get better, the community can grow stronger, and we can continue to show people that fitness is more than just a way to look good, it's therapy.
Wellness to us has always been about leading a life that is balanced. It's not all fitness, it's not all work, it's not all fun... it's not all healthy food, it's not just junk food—it's about finding a way to reach your own personal goals while still having a healthy relationship with fitness, friends, family, and food—otherwise known as the four Fs.
If you're in the Chattanooga area, you should definitely check out Kyle House Fitness to take your wellness routine to the next level. You can book classes on the Mindbody app or through their KHF app.