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Life can be busy, even hectic at times. You need the gift of Yoga in your tool belt! Your mind is stimulated with information all day long, you multi-task to finish your multi-tasks. You work, you manage a household, you care for everyone around you, you give and give. You love and live.
Do you ever reach OVERLOAD? Yoga will relax your muscles, your mind, and unwind all of you.
You likely have been down the path to ‘overload’ in the past, maybe your are there right now as you read this post, and sadly you and I may head there again in the future. It’s a reality faced by anyone who lives in this busy world, the trick is to recognize your ‘overload’ and be aware of the best tools to combat it. A major defense to fight off that overwhelming feeling is to relax all the parts that make up YOU. The body and mind need to unite and work together towards the same goal. The goal is to calm you down, unwind your muscles and mind, which in turn gives you a sense of peace and harmony along with increased strength and awareness. Yoga goes a long way in reducing stress and promoting a healthy, daily focus by improving your mind-body connection.
I am extremely picky when choosing a fitness or yoga instructor, veering away from those that go completely against who I am or what I believe in. Finances can also play a role in choosing a teacher, perhaps, you are like me, in that there isn’t always extra cash laying around to pay an exorbitant amount for a gym or online exercise membership. It can take a great deal of effort to source out and find an instructor who fits your criteria and budget. And hey, if you have any suggestions of super on-line exercise instructors, please pop me an email with their link!
You might be thinking that yoga is not for everyone, and two years ago I would have agreed with you. Now though, it’s a complete 180 turnabout for me, and I totally KNOW that yoga is for everyone! We are all at different stages in our life and on a unique journey and the same goes with yoga. We are all at a different stage, therefore, we all need to choose and follow our own path but all the paths can include yoga.
Choosing to commit to a 30 day Yoga challenge changed my life. I can truthfully say that engaging in the practice of yoga is one of the biggest, life altering decisions I have ever made. It has impacted my physical and mental well-being in a huge, positive and meaningful way. It wasn’t easy and I am still a total beginner but I LOVE IT! Having completed two plus years of yoga challenges and classes I can not imagine my life without yoga in it. I continue to see gradual changes in my physical fitness level and body strength and shape. The benefits for my mind and soul are beyond phenomenal.
Following an exercise teacher on YouTube was previously not something on my radar. I had the incorrect belief that only going to a local class with a teacher in the same room would be beneficial. Well not anymore. Now I can vouch that both have benefits and both are worth a try, whatever gets you exercising!
I can not say enough about the online instructor I practice with daily, her love for what she does comes across in each and every lesson, and her emails are inspiring. This holds true whether you are enjoying the freebie version, or whether you sign up as a member. This year Adriene even got her own app, you can check it out here- app, wow, so cool! Two years later I am still glued to her yoga classes. In January I completed the Yoga Revolution and simply fell in love with this sequence of classes. I have chosen to repeat the Revolution again in March, and May, using these lessons every other day while incorporating another class on the opposite days. You can check out a ginormous selection of great videos at Yoga with Adriene.
Reasons You NEED to Try Yoga:
-Build muscle strength.
-Increase your sense of balance.
-Increase your circulation and blood flow.
-Boost your immunity.
-Improve your overall health.
-Calm your nervous system and free your mind.
-Find a greater sense of peace and balance.
-Decrease stress levels.
-Increased copy skills for daily life.
-Gain a more positive outlook.
-Better sleep habits.
-Feel more relaxed, yet energized!
-Calm your nervous system and free your mind.
-Allow yoga to occupy any space you may have that is filled with anxiety, fear or negativity.
Yoga focuses on the mind-body connection in a way that reaches far beyond the physical benefits. Yoga will give you the tools to tune in, and really listen to your body, enabling you to go farther than you ever thought possible.
Take it slow and find your way, seek out a yoga instructor that is right for your needs and make yoga a daily practice in your life. Be prepared for greatness!
**Always seek the advice of your doctor prior to starting a new exercise routine.**
Try yoga and check back by leaving a comment below to share your experience with me and other readers.
If you already love yoga, give a shout out by leaving a comment below! For more tips on how to simplify and enhance your life and home; check out the ‘Create Space Challenge’, you can find the link at the top of this page! The challenge is designed to give you easy, attainable methods to create space in many areas of your life. I will be sharing quick action items focussing on letting go of what doesn’t serve you, making room for the good to move in, and allowing good to overflow and spill onto others.
And remember this quote from an awesome teacher:
“You are not expected to feel great when you step onto the mat. If you are struggling with anything, I encourage you to listen to the sound of your breath. Show up for yourself. You will feel amazing when you step off the mat.” Adriene
Check out these yoga start-up products. I recommend you invest in a yoga mat and blocks then have your fave pillow and a blanket handy for your first class! Gradually add some other items to your practice as need. A neck pillow, yoga pants, along with essential oils are must haves for my practice. The eye pillow looks dreamy and is something I have to check out very soon and order using Amazon Prime for the free shipping!
Love and light are yours to spread. Lisa xoxo