My body is always tight. Even with my awesome bed (I will tell anyone who will listen about my bed. Ask me. I'm serious.), I find that I still wake up with tension that I carry most days. Between all the computer work I do, picking up my daughter, and trying to get my weekly workouts in, I sometimes feel like I've been hit by a MACK Truck (and no...not a truck carrying awesome make-up).
That's why a daily yoga practice is SO IMPORTANT. It's simply the way that my body holds itself together and keeps working for me. It's also what my brain needs. Learn more about the body-brain connection below and join me on the yoga mat this week. (Well...not literally. You get your own mat. I'll be on mine. Ha!)
Last week I talked about meditation, today let’s talk about yoga.
I’ve been a yoga devotee for over 20 years. Because I struggle so much with turning my brain off, yoga, in addition to meditation, gives me an hour of brain-free time that’s simply divine.
Now, the reason my brain turns off during yoga is because I need to be so focused on my body. Holding the poses takes every bit of energy I’ve got both mentally and physically.
Most of us live sedentary lives; stuck at our desks. Yoga stretches both the body and the mind. After doing yoga, I feel like I’ve just had a massage.
Yoga seems complicated to some, but it really isn’t. All you need is a mat and comfortable clothing. You can do yoga at the gym, in a yoga studio, or at home. There are different types of yoga: relaxing yoga, power yoga and even yoga in heated rooms, but don’t worry too much about the type. Just pick what seems interesting and get started.
You don’t have to do straight up yoga if you’re not inclined. Merely getting up to stretch at regular intervals throughout the day will also give you benefit.
Listen, we communicate who we are. Taking care of your body isn’t some side project, it’s PRIMARY. Whether it’s yoga, stretching or some other method of opening up a body that’s continually overworked, take a few minutes a day to give your body a break.
Check out my Stuff I Love Post below for ideas on how to get started.
I love yoga. Which means I love yoga stuff. What stuff you ask? (BTW, I don’t receive any commission on recommending these products, I just love ‘em!)
First off, I love this yoga DVD called Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga is a type of yoga that has you hold stretches for a long period of time but don’t require much strength. Perfect for those of us who are tight tight tight, I try to do this type of yoga at least once a week.
If you’re looking for a book to try yoga poses at home, I really recommend this book, Essential Yoga.
If you’re looking for a yogic approach to eating (no, not ayurvedic, just a “listen to your body” approach) I really like this little known book, Yoga of Eating.
Any and all yoga mats will do, but if you’re wanting to try hot yoga, you’ll want a special yoga towel to cover your mat that’s non slip and will catch your sweat. I really like my CORCOPI yoga towel.
My favorite yoga pant? Zella high waist crop leggings. They keep my tummy in place as I attempt the downward facing dog.
Alrighty, you’ve got what you need. Now go yoga!
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