Archives for Yoga
The Summer Solstice is soon upon us, sweet readers (Sunday, June 21, 2015, to be exact), and I thought now would be a great time to throwback to last year's post about all the things you can do to celebrate the longest day of the year -- and the first day of summer, of course.
After all, it's not all about performing the 108 Sun Salutations (though, that's definitely an immensely meaningful, challenging, and...
I had the MOST fun yesterday! My favorite yoga studio started its summer pass package (all the yoga you can stand for one discounted price), so of course I had to sign up. However, I didn’t venture into the studio alone yesterday. When I saw there was a beginner yoga class scheduled for yesterday evening, I had to talk a friend of mine – who’s never tried yoga, not even using a video or yoga app – into going with me. I figured because it was a beginner class, she’d be less intimidated. Boy, was I WRONG.
I’m considering attending a yoga class I haven’t been to in a while. It’s a little intimidating (like I said, I haven’t attended it in a while), but I did enjoy it A LOT and something’s drawing me to it again. As someone who has a favorite yoga studio and still gets intimidated by certain classes, I can only imagine what newbie yogis must feel – you know, those of you who’ve never attended an actual yoga class, or who have but left feeling disappointed. Take a few minutes to read over these factors you should look for in a yoga studio; they might just inspire you to start a serious yoga practice this weekend!
As some of you know, I started working out at a gym in January. For nearly four months (and with the exception of a few setbacks), I've diligently gone to the gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I’m proud of myself. I really am. Yet, last week I wasn't really feeling it. My heart wasn't in it. My mind was elsewhere. I was so “not feeling it” that one of my new gym buddies noticed and asked what was up.
Happy Friday, ladies! If you get out and about today, you might see a sea of red -- and it's not just that everyone decided to make a bold fashion choice! Nope, today is the annual National Wear Red Day 2015, hosted by the American Heart Association (AMA) Go Red for Women campaign. According to the AMA: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! Fortunately, there are many ways we can combat heart disease -- starting TODAY -- even if you're new to the game!
My old yoga mat has downed its last dog, I'm afraid, and I'm in the market for a new one. However, my yoga mat and I have been through so many good (and bad, and grueling, and kiss-my-ass!) times together that I'm not ready to let her go just yet -- completely, that is. I'm Terrified of Yoga Inversions (& Other Random Confessions) Thus, I've done some research on how to repurpose yoga mats. Reusing old yoga mats both helps you cut back on your environmental impact and get a few helpful tools around the home. I mean, win/win, right? :)
Yes, I know they're all too common, but I have to admit I love year-end round-up posts. They give me a chance to look back and see what made my readers tick, and they give you a chance to catch up on some of the most popular posts of the year! Based on Google Analytics, social media reports, and good ol' fashioned comments, below are the Top 12 Your Body, Your Mind Posts of 2014. Enjoy!
As a practicing yogi, you’d think I’d at least try to embrace all challenges that come my way. After all, among many other things, yoga is all about centering oneself—finding peace and balance both on and off the mat. Yet, when my yoga instructors suggest headstands, handstands, and other yoga inversion poses, I’m ready to run screaming for the door. I start feeling panic and anxiety, and later I’m a little depressed that I didn't give it a try—three emotions yoga intends to reduce, not encourage.
Several times over the past couple of years, I’ve considered getting my RYT 200, i.e. 200 hours of yoga teacher training so I can become a Registered Yoga Teacher. During 2013, I seriously considered it, going so far as to complete the application and start browsing the books I needed to purchase. Alas, my father began and lost his battle with cancer right before classes started and I wasn't able to devote the time or money. Yesterday, I received an email from my favorite yoga studio letting me know they were hosting a 200-hour yoga teacher training starting January 2015. Naturally, my interest was piqued all over again. Also naturally, I have my doubts.
Years ago, I used to call myself "doing yoga" when I'd pop in a DVD and breathe and bend when the instructor told me. These days, I prefer practicing yoga in a class. Sure, I have enough knowledge of certain yoga poses and yoga sequences that I can (and do) practice at home, but overall I make sure to get to a class or two each week.