I used to stereotype people who practiced yoga as hippie/free-spirited/super-flexible people. But, once I learned that yoga was really just a form of meditation that also improves flexibility, strength, coordination and balance, I decided to give it a try.
I realized that the stereotype is wrong. People who practice yoga can be amazing athletes, people with back and joint pain who are looking for relief, and those simply wanting a good workout, just to name a few.
However, as much as I love practicing Yoga, I still say that I am not your typical yogi. I am pretty high maintenance. I love shoes, bags, beauty products and I can’t go on vacation with less than 27 suitcases… Don’t judge me.
Meditation was another practice that I stereotyped for a long time, but when my anxiety became unbearable, I gave it a shot because I was desperate. Meditating has helped me become more mindful and in turn my mind is less full. And, Yoga is another form of meditation.
If you have never tried meditation, you can check out How to Meditate: For Beginners.
Yoga is not something where your ego can be present. It’s different from going to the gym and working your way up weight rack.
You might find it discouraging at first because one day you might have the ability to do some amazing difficult poses and you are feeling strong and flexible. Then, the next day you are falling over during the simplest poses.
The bottom line is that your body is dynamic, and yoga reminds us of that. The key is being mindful and not judging ourselves, but rather recognizing changes and being kind, gentle and compassionate to ourselves. Is that something that we ever take time to do?
Yoga is something that can be modified for all fitness levels, so when you are ready to try it you can find a great workout online or locate a class at a gym near you.
I want to know if you try it and what is your favorite pose? What is a pose that you are working on?
Personally, I’ve gotten really into inversions because they are fun, challenging and let’s be honest, they just look really cool.
If you are interested in trying inversions, here is a quick tutorial on how to get started with headstands.
PS – If you haven’t checked out the Renew Program yet, it is still in pre-order and the price will be increasing again soon. I have an entire module dedicated to caring for your body and I have included even more Yoga tips. We would love to have you join us for the 30 days!