Wednesday, 22 January 2014

My Yoga Routine

Good day friends!

I wanted to write a post on what my yoga routine looks like so here it is!

First off, I started practicing yoga over 5 years ago when I went to a Bikram Hot Yoga class with my cousin, having no idea what I was getting myself into. After that first class I thought to myself "well I'll never be doing that again". I couldn't believe how an hour and a half class sucked every bit of energy out of my soul. I felt like it was impossible to roll out of savasana. Just before the instructor let the room he said: "if this was your first class, the best thing you could do for yourself is come back tomorrow". Say what?!

I took his advice and that was the start of my yoga lifestyle. That's what it is, a lifestyle, because now that I've been practicing for so long, I have incorporated it into my life where if I miss a day or two, I feel off. Some people just don't get it though. There's a misconception about yoga; some think it wouldn't give them a workout, they would be better off running 5 km, or that they don't see any benefit of standing in tree pose for a minute remaining focused and balanced. Trying to explain that there is in fact much more than just "balancing" in yoga is difficult to those who stubbornly believe yoga is soft-stretching and pointless. You either get it or you don't. And you have to be willing to explore if you really want to see for yourself. For me, it offers much more than flexibility: it de-stresses, empties my brain of useless clutter, meditating, practicing gratitude, explores well-being, releases anxiety…and so on.

Anywhosies - enough of that. Here's what my Yoga practice looks like:

  1. Every morning. I step onto my mat and explore. This is when I have the most energy so practicing headstands and scorpion is productive. Even if it's 10 minutes, that's enough to energize me for the day.
  2. Evenings. Not every day as some days I do like to go to the gym. But at least 3 times a week. I do most of my night practices through myyogaonline.com. It's $10 a month unlimited and not only are there a vast selection of yoga practices, but there are cooking courses, detoxes and monthly challenges too! Not to mention a friendly community of yogis that you can connect with! *you can get 50% off your first month by using a coupon code. Try here.  
  3. Hot Yoga. There's something special you experience when you enter a 100+ degree room which allows your muscles to relax and loosen, giving you a deeper stretch! Also, by sweating like a horse, you rid your body of toxins and immediately feel lighter after class. No joke. My favourites are Bikram and Moksha which both have their own series. I have memberships for both. 
  4. Yoga for Fertility! and yoga for pregnancy…to come soon (as I'm not pregnant yet). But here are some of my faves that I have bookmarked on my computer:
    1. Pregnant Goddess
    2. Yoga for Fertility
    3. Prenantal Yoga
Breathing is also an important component while practicing yoga. It is also something I love to practice during mediation and relaxation which I also do every day. Diaphragmatic breathing in particular is so beneficial. Here is an explanation of how to practice this particular kind of breathing. I usually do this in bed before I fall asleep. There are many apps out there as well that can facilitate these breathing practices, making it easier for you to remain focused and avoid thinking about your grocery list or the last episode of The Bachelor. (Relax and Sleep Well by Glenn Harrold is my favourite iPhone app).

I think that's all for now my lovely readers! I hope this was helpful and that you too can see how beneficial yoga can be in your life. 

Please comment below should you have questions/feedback as to how you use yoga to benefit your life!

<3 Yoga in the park can be fun too! <3


<3 My yoga buddy. Watches me every time <3


Much love - Natalie <3

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