The older I get, the more I value my health, including mental health.


A few months ago, I visited a cardiologist for the first time in my life. He recommended instead of intensive exercise and being outside for hours and hours, I do yoga to stay healthy.


I also frequently hear from readers who struggle with their health and want to stay fit so they can keep homesteading.


While homesteading is a bit of a meditation on its own and is certainly exercise, it can also be stressful (like when deer/rabbits/squirrels kill your plants, and all your hard work goes down the drain instantly) and physically demanding.


Today, I invited my friend Valinda from South Bay Yoginis to teach us about how to rest our minds and simultaneously feel as if we’ve gotten some extra sleep. (I know y’all are tired….don’t try to hide it).


I’ve known Valinda for about a year, and her yoga exercises and meditations can be done anywhere – and you’ll feel great after.


Take it away Valinda!


Want an Extra 4 Hours of Sleep Without Sleeping?

Do you put your health and wellness first?


In my live Yoga/Meditation classes I often share what works for me in my life and what I practice weekly/daily…..23 years on a deep spiritual path is no small thing.


My students often tell me they will never do a 40 day meditation, or practice yoga/meditation everyday. Sometimes people don’t even start a yoga/meditation practice until they are diagnosed with an extreme illness (that’s when many come to me).


I have so many questions about this.


Why do we wait? Why do we put our health LAST on our list? People say they are “too busy”, “too tired”, “exhausted”, “I just want to collapse.” On his death bed Steve Jobs, one of the most successful men in the world said:


“Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost — Life. When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading — Book of Healthy Life. Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.”


So take care of your health! Practice Yoga & Meditation. Do something your future self/kids/grandkids will thank-you for.


Do what makes you feel good in your body. Walk in nature, do some cardio, get to that dance class! Our health is really all we truly have.


And here’s a practice I’ve been doing for 15 years: It’s called Yoga Nidra, and yes it’s equal to 4 hours of sleep!


Read about it, it’s a lying down guided meditation. I do it in my car when my daughter is in her classes. No excuses.


There is a 20 minute version and a 45 minute version. It puts you in the highest brain state: Beta


This is one of the most healing practices I know! To your health now…..heal yourself, heal the world


“Still Your mind, Open Your Heart, Speak Your Truth & Live Your Dreams”,

Valinda <3


Here’s a 10 minute yoga meditation you can do anywhere:


This article was reprinted with permission.


Maat van Uitert is a backyard chicken and sustainable living expert. She is also the author of Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock, which was a best seller in it’s Amazon category.  Maat has been featured on NBC, CBS, AOL Finance, Community Chickens, the Huffington Post, Chickens magazine, Backyard Poultry, and Countryside Magazine. She lives on her farm in Southeast Missouri with her husband, two children, and about a million chickens and ducks. You can follow Maat on Facebook here and Instagram here.

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  1. Meditation is good for the body as well as the mind, scientists have discovered, as the practice significantly reduces the risk of a heart attack for people with heart disease.

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