January is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts. We invite you on a year-long journey to enliven your sense of health and well-being. Because it takes 30 days to make a new habit, every Spa Quarterly newsletter will introduce you to three new wellness practices—one for each month. We invite you to integrate the new practice into each day of the month, and add a new practice every month. At the end of the year, you will be in the habit of performing 12 wellness practices that improve your lifestyle and elevate your sense of health and well-being.

January Wellness:

ivy Walk Natural BodyConscious Breathing (5 minutes)

The most powerful tool for quieting the mind is the breath.

It has the ability to both calm and revive you. Learning to focus on your breath allows you to become more aware of your total body and less susceptible to the effects of life’s stressful situations. By observing the breath and allowing it to become deeper, slower, quieter and more regular, it can help you relax and become quiet. Every 90 minutes, sit quietly, align your head, neck and spine and take six conscious breaths. Allow your mind to focus on the breath, and allow the breath to become deeper, slower, quieter and more regular. Continue to be mindful of your breath as you move throughout your day more peacefully.

-AVEDA SpaNewsletter, January, 2014

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