Make Yourself Better

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“It’s never too late to start over. If you weren’t happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don’t stay stuck, do better” – Alex Elle

So that’s what I’m going to do. I was in Downward Facing Dog yesterday during my practice and I wasn’t happy with how I looked — and felt. I used to be so great at keeping up with toning my body and it actually looking good. Lately I’ve had a setback because of my health (almost all better now, thankfully). So I’m slowly jumping back into my yoga practice and I’ve recently started up pilates again. It’s tough to get back into your routine workouts. I’ve realized it’s best to start off small. I went on a walk with my boyfriend that lasted about 45 minutes and the next day my thighs and calves were so sore. It’s difficult to keep up with working through your soreness. But in order for you to make a workout part of your daily routine, you need to do something every day. Even if it’s not your full workout. Because starting your workout over after a few months of rest is just plain awful. What’s more important than your workout is how you eat. Your body is so sacred. You can put whatever you want inside of it. But the thing is, it’s yours. Why hurt it with excess sugar and bad food. Plus, imagine how energized and wonderful you’d feel if you paid more attention to putting better food into your body.

So these are the two goals I’ve come to realize that I need to work on. It’s a habit I need to learn to form but it’s a very important one that could possibly change my entire future. Along with my eating habits and workout routines, I will be participating in my daily meditation practices to heal my mind.

Here’s to working at making ourselves better! 🙂

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Yoga Is For Everyone

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I’m sure all that has tried yoga can say that it’s not an easy practice. So picture an overweight or elderly person trying it. Way more difficult, right? Wrong. It doesn’t matter what size, shape, or age you are. Yoga is difficult for everyone in the beginning but with enough consecutive practice each week, anyone can do it up to par with each other. You learn to use your body. You learn to know when you’ve strained the muscles just enough. You also learn to use your mind. Concentrating on each pose and what you are experiencing in the present moment. As much as some people may disagree, yoga is for everybody. We see photos and articles of people holding certain difficult poses and we think we’ll never be able to hold them as well, but how do you think those people got to that point? Practice, practice, practice. If you practice right and practice well, you’ll go a long way. And hey, if the hulk can practice yoga, then so can you. 😉

Find the True Yogi In You

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We’re all searching for true happiness. Sometimes it’s so difficult to find it. We can’t see past the darkness, but the light will always shine through. Maybe not at the moment you want it to, but when the time is right it will.

I’ve had a four-day weekend (it’s been so bitter cold; -35 degrees with the windchill. Gotta love Chicago weather). Having this much time off is so bittersweet. It’s great to have a nice, long break but it can also get a bit boring and that’s when your mind starts to wander about anything and everything. It’s a terrible thing to be stuck in that state of mind. You never know where your mind is headed. Since my mind is prone to overthinking about every little thing, I decided that I was going to put a stop to the negativity and find the positivity. I’ll admit, it’s been a while since I’ve practiced yoga and also meditation. It’s gotten so far away from me and I’ve just pushed it off. I know it’s benefited me in the past, so I decided to give it another shot. I found a sequence by Kathryn Budig, which I just love. She’s an international yoga instructor and author and she’s simply a prodigy. I highly recommend finding sequences that she’s designed.

I started practicing both my yoga sequence and my meditation both first thing in the morning and in the evening. Practicing twice at these certain times guarantees to put a smile on your face and to rejuvenate you in the morning and to calm you down and relax you in the evening. For the past three days I’ve committed to this schedule and I’ve felt better than I have in a long time. More positive about my current situation — not worrying so much about what can happen, go wrong, or feeling stuck. I feel more elated and relaxed. If this outcome has affected me in only three days, I can only imagine how changed my life will be if I stick to it.

I write this post in hopes that you will try this technique. We’re all searching to be inspired and to elevate our mood. I believe the practice of yoga and meditation will help you achieve greatness in every possible way. Start out small with a short 10 minute yoga sequence and a 10 minute meditation practice and work your way up when you’re feeling ready for the challenge. You’ll feel moved and eager to begin each day.

Good luck, my fellow yogi’s! Namaste.

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