Throughout your practice you’ll begin making observations. Days when you are strong or distracted. Days you’re fit and flexible or stiff and sore. In classes with a consistent routine, this will be particularly noticeable. “How come today I can’t touch my toes?” Or, “My lower back is sore in this pose today when it wasn’t before.” are common among new students.
Self-awareness grows alongside continued practice. Relax, associated environmental factors will become more obvious with time. This is when many students begin altering their habits to better improve their practice. When it becomes a lifestyle. Take a moment to reflect on how you feel at the end of each class. You’ve probably had a good sweat, feel light, calm and energized — all at the same time. Allow me to assure you, it continues to get better. Preserving this state as long as possible and removing everything which reduces it, becomes a focus over time. This is getting in touch with your self.
In Exploring Yoga-Dance, Pt. 2/3 I was on a particularly high note and felt an insane urge to dance, express my energy and flow. I’ve never done anything that before, let alone record and share it. However, it was incredible liberating to see where my practice has taken me. You’ll find the same thing happens to you as well.
Anyways, on this wonderful journey, I’ve observed a few actions which elevate my practice. They’re easy to adopt and make an instant impact on your experience. Tap “Read More” and see what they are.
Extended Side Angle pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana II) • Nha Trang, Vietnam Dec 2017
Part 1: The Practice
This four part blog series will include a list of four actions to take as you immerse yourself into yoga.
At the most fundamental level, you only need two things to do yoga: a body and willingness.
While in theory this is true, in reality, it’ll take a little more. Before getting started, make a list of 3-5 reasons why you want to practice yoga. Here are a few reasons why yoga is important to me:
Integrate with a like-minded community
Change the habits in my life
Feel absolutely wonderful in, and connected with, my body
It’s worth noting, what you initially write down, and what you get out of a class, may be completely different. That’s ok! This is a great first step in learning acceptance. See it as a part of the discovery process. As a teacher and a student, I ask you to go against the setting of goals for your practice such as reaching poses by dates. Simply be happy you have opened yourself up to yoga. Flow with where this newfound experience takes you. I promise, it’ll be in a direction you never thought would have so many far-reaching effects.
Didn’t get a chance to read STJ52 — A Good Thing Going? It has tips on what to look for in a snorkel set, how to properly use it and reviews of a Mexican and whole-food restaurant/shop. Tap to read it!
Do you have any requirements about visiting yoga studios? Have you ever done a Kundalini meditation? Let me know your experiences in the comments!
In part 3/5 we’ll review four types of exercises you can take up, particularly if you live near nature :D Let’s see how hiking, swimming, walking and yoga contribute to better health. If you haven’t read the first part it covers laughing, meditation, breathing exercises and listening to meditative/vibrational music.
Two weeks ago, in part 2 of this series, we discussed the benefits of maintaining and talking with plants, developing healthy friendships, a period of silence and journaling.
So, let’s get to the goodness — click “read more” to continue! ⬇️
In part one of this series, we reviewed four free ways to instantly improve your health including laughter, meditation, breathing exercises and meditation music. If you haven’t read it, don’t miss out, click here.
In part two, let’s consider our internal and physical voices. Yoga and meditation have been a great help for me in this area, but if you don’t practice either of these, or you do and want to delve deeper, here are four worthwhile actions to take 👍🏻
Having finished 2017 by giving up beef, chicken, fish, pork and eggs, I am working on how I will continue onwards with this health trajectory I’ve set myself on. Psychologically, and physically, I feel great knowing I was able to accomplish the goal of becoming vegetarian by going through a methodical process of eliminating meat, and physically, my body is thanking me for it.
I feel incredibly light, more energetic, my muscles aren’t nearly as sore/stiff in the morning and overall. I’m proud to have broken my fast food and soda addiction which lasted over five years.
To help you along a journey of a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle, I’ve included four actions to relieve stress, feel better and be present in the moment.
Solo Trip Abroad has three pillars: Work Mobile. Consume Local. Live Global. Today, we’ll talk about “Consume Local.”
Consume Local emphasizes the following:
supporting local individuals and small businesses;
minimizing personal possessions;
taking physical and digital social-justice action.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reducing the products I consume, especially food. Diet is a particular struggle of mine. Besides not really knowing how to cook, I often consume unhealthy food which creates a significant amount of plastic waste. Thankfully, I’ve become increasingly aware of this and am making changes. The biggest so far, is soda!
Keeping reading to learn how I’m reducing waste and making better dietary choices by supporting local businesses, all of which are owned and operated by women!
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I've made a few purchases to nearly complete my backpacking list! Only a couple more to go and I'm all set!
The past two two months have also been the kickstart of a change in my health focus. I've been aware of my poor dietary habits for a long time, but April and May have been the start of my changing these habits for the better!
Listen below to hear the full story about what I've bought for my backpacking list and my health improvements being a new focus.