International Yoga Day 2015

On the 21 of June let us all roll out our yoga mats and get together, let us celebrate one of the greatest ancient traditions of the world. Yoga creates the unity of your mind and body, thought and action, and to be at one with your body and the world around you. A wonderful approach to your health and well being. It's not about the exercise - although you can do it for that reason and feel fantastic - you discover a deeper sense of oneself within yourself and the world around you. By changing our lifestyles to lead a more conscious lifestyle we can deal with everything that Mother Nature throws at us.So join me and welcome with open arms an amazing way of life. 


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Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom. - Buddha 


Much of the medical community around the world hold yoga in a high regard as significant to the human health, both mentally and physically. There has been many studies with both conclusive and inconclusive results. Long term yoga users has reported their mental health improvements as well as reduced symptoms of asthma in asthmatics. Studies and most people will tell you that regular use of yoga will improve your overall mood and anxiety levels, i would even go as far to say it makes me feel better than walking does. Yoga and meditation help me clear my mind and refocus on what needs my attention.

Within 8 weeks of practicing Hatha Yoga you should expect to see an increase in your strength. Which is really no surprise, the positions such as a four-limbed staff pose and the boat pose stimulate the same muscles as regular sit ups, crunches and planks. 
Not only will you feel and look better but regular practise of yoga will improve your sleep. Also ladies, you'll be happy to hear that it also improves things for you in the bedroom! 


But before I get too far a head of myself, I've got a few tips for beginners that got passed on to me when I first started yoga. 

1. Don't take a class after eating, you can't digest food and twist around like a pretzel at the same time. It just doesn't work nor does it feel good. I suggest waiting an hour after eating to start practising. If you can't wait you can always have a banana 20 minutes before class to chase away the hunger.

2. Make sure you have the right equipment and clothing. You'll need a mat, strap and a block at least. Clothing is the fun part, as long as you can move comfortably in them you can wear just about anything, I recommend wearing leggings and a tank top. You might have heard about sticky gloves or socks marketed at beginners but don't fall for them! There's no need for it as it gets in the way of being at one with the earth. 
I get all my clothing inspiration from Pinterest right now. 



3. Relax and release the tension. When you first start its normal to feel nervous and tense, the more you let go and release the stress from your body the easier and more comfortable each pose is.
 
4. Don't forget to breathe, if you remember you'll notice at the beginning of class tour breathing will be more shallow and towards the end it will be deep and relaxed. When you let your mind wander think about lengthening your inhales and exhales.   



2 comments:

  1. In one of your recent pics, where is your floral dress from? Omg obsessed!!

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