September is back to school month. That means a lot of changes. Different schedules have to be put in place, more traffic and cars are on the road and that time we had to play, take a day trip or go to the movies is scheduled with activities, homework and the onset of the holidays. So how can you keep the easy spirit of summer and carve out time for yourself as your whole life changes tempo?
Well, it’s not just kids that have to go back to school. Us adults could you use the education as well. One of the best ways to keep your mental acuities is to keep learning, studying and growing your knowledge in ways that interest you and broaden your horizons.
Where can you find a class or workshop on various subjects that doesn’t cost a mortgage? The first place to look is actually not you tube or the internet but your town. Many towns have a park and recreation department that provide various classes ranging from foreign languages, computers, cooking, art and even exercise classes. As we age it can get harder and harder to meet people and create connections and companions around activities that interest us. We can get isolated and the internet won’t help break through loneliness. That’s why when you engage in your community you can meet people who have similar interests and are close by therefore after the course is over you could meet up for lunch or coffee.
Also you may want to branch out to your local community college. They generally have lots of classes that pertain to personal development that won’t end up in a degree, unless you want that of course. There are arts annexes and organizations that hold classes in painting, photography, sculpture, writing mixed media etc. You can check museums or science centers that may be having lectures or workshops in conjunction with specific exhibits. You can even look at your local yoga studio for classes or workshops in yoga, meditation, essential oils and to make a bigger commitment you can enroll in a 200hr yoga teacher training even if you already know you may not want to teach.
Sure we may have to do additional education for our job to keep up with trends but it is also important to find new things to learn that peak your interests and help you become a well rounded human being and a fountain of information. Then when the details of what we’ve learned have faded into the background we will still have good friends with similar interests. And that can last a lifetime.
For more information on workshops and teacher trainings with Justine at Fuller Yoga in either Glastonbury or West Hartford please visit www.fulleryoga.com