Have you ever felt physically unwell after undergoing one of life’s big challenges, regardless of which kind? Physical and mental wellness go hand in hand, so it is natural to feel a certain discomfort in the absence of a connection with your deepest emotions.
For decades, advances in technology and economic growth have led us to transform our ways of life. Despite all the positive aspects of this growth, studies show that collectively, our level of stress and anxiety continues to increase, and our hectic pace of life always give us an impression of lacking time.
Have you ever meditated outdoors? Doing it surrounded by nature while the wind gently rocks you is nothing short of a magical experience. What could be more enchanting than relaxing in one of the many parks of Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Le Monastère des Augustines has five parks to suggest for your next meditation session in Old Quebec this summer!
In a personal desire to improve and mature, we sometimes tend to want to correct what we consider faults. Many cultural and social factors prompt us to eliminate our weaknesses so that we become what is called “the best version of ourselves.” However, focusing on areas for improvement, we miss an essential key to growth.
Springtime is often synonymous with renewal and is a pivotal time for some. It is an opportunity to start over, inspired by the awakening nature and warm weather. Spending more time enjoying the fresh air, taking care of your health and adopting healthy habits are resolutions that this beautiful season helps us make. This spring, why not spend time for your well-being in a setting conducive to relaxation and being with your inner self? Did you know that Le Monastère is the ideal destination for wellness?
World leaders in various sectors, who were challenged by global and sustainable health issues, gathered at the Global Wellness Summit in 2017. They identified the subject of silence as one of the eight major trends in the sector of wellness for years to come. Le Monastère des Augustines had also been mentioned in a report based on this international conference as a good example of this trend.
At the beginning of spring, Isabelle Duchesneau, Executive Director of Le Monastère des Augustines, offers a reflexion on the theme of renewal!
You will not see rows of children on their yoga mats calmly following the hero, tree or triangle poses in a children’s yoga class! Not only is this unrealistic but it is also not the goal. Yoga (especially family and children’s yoga) should not be used to make perfect pictures to be shared on social networks.
Our diet is determined largely by our state of being. Our self-perception, past and present, can induce eating behaviours that affect our physiological balance while stripping down our confidence and inner harmony. The body can then become destabilized. However, it is possible to find a way to take care of our health and to learn to love ourselves. For that, I give you this small reflection and some tools to help you nourish a healthy relationship with your diet.
Perhaps you have already heard about or practiced cardiac coherence? Did you know that at Le Monastère, we are trying to discover how the Augustinian Sisters heritage may have given their unique touch to this practice? Cardiac coherence is a technique based on the fact that people’s breathing and their heartbeats can match; that the heart and lungs can communicate with and serve each other. Cardiac coherence can provide several health benefits, improve your vitality and influence your mood!