Many folks just see Yoga as another exercise routine. Some stretching, strength, and flexibility. But it’s much more than that. And it took me FOREVER to want to embrace the idea of adding yoga into my workout schedule! Thankfully, a new program called PIYO was released a few weeks ago and I have found myself hooked (more on that later!)
What I quickly discoverd, Yoga is about connection. It’s finding the warmth & light inside yourself, and letting it radiate all day long. It’s self love. Confidence. Balance. And at the same time, Yoga is a wonderful workout. It’s strength, flexibility, cardio, and stretching all in one. Developing a daily (or even every other day) home-practice can do wonders for your body, your mind, and your spirit.
The word Yoga literally means “to yoke” in Sanskrit. To join body & mind in a blissful union. To recognize the connection, and to learn to bring it with you wherever you go. To breathe in, and breathe out. Practicing Yoga with mindfulness & attention will help you to balance your daily life, make decisions, and stay strong, lean & lovely.
The postures in Yoga are designed to align your chakras, or the “energy channels” of your body. That’s why when you settle into a pose, you feel instant relief. A subtle radiation of joy. A release of tension, both physically & mentally.
Establishing a home Yoga routine is easy. You just need a little space, a mat (or a blanket!), and a sequence of postures. As a newbie in the world of Yoga I have been enjoying PIYO. The best way for me to describe PIYO, would be the crossfit of yoga. I’ve tried yoga in the past of holding poses and breathing, for me that was okay for the first 5 minutes, but any longer than that I found myself with a wondering mind. PIYO on the other hand is always challenging me, with movement combined with yoga/pilates poses.
That’s what I love about health, wellness, and fitness – it’s all customizable to your needs! There isn’t a one size fits all option.
Most importantly, once you are deeply connected to your body you will be able to recognize what is needs. More often than not, it’s simple movement!
While I am the last person to say that I am good a Yoga, in fact, I am far from it. However, being able to hold a side plank and go into in a bend was a big moment for me. One, that I was completely happy to celebrate!