What would you think if I told you that there is something very simple that you can do to improve your mental health, physical health, and body image all at the same time? Would you believe it? Would you challenge yourself to do it? Well it is true and the answer is yoga.
Yoga, How To Do It?
The beauty of yoga is that you can do it any any level of difficulty and any time of the day. So if you’ve never done it before, you can start at the beginner level. If you are advanced, there is a workout for you. In addition, it’s all about acceptance of your body and what you can do in the moment. It does not involve comparing yourself to anyone else. Just listen to your body to determine how far you can stretch, as you don’t want to hurt yourself. Each day is a new day with yoga, and each day our body is in a different place with strength and with flexibility.
With yoga you can focus on various parts of your body, so if you are sore, or pregnant, or feeling depressed or anxious, you can find a workout for you. Challenge yourself to try it.
Where To Do Yoga?
You can do yoga, at home, at your office, a gym, or yoga studio. You can go to a studio if you’d like, but there is also free yoga on line. This is great as it gives you flexibility as to where and when you can do it. In addition, even if you only have 10 or 15 minutes, there is a video for you. Two sites I’d recommend are www.doyogawithme.com and Yoga with Adriene.
Do Yoga With Me has various filters you can put in, such as length of time, level (beginner, intermediate, advanced), instructor (once you’ve been on the site and done various classes, you may have a preference), and style of yoga. You can also leave them blank if you aren’t sure. A list of several classes will come up, and if there is a certain body area you want to focus on, you can click on that.
Yoga With Adriene also has a variety of classes. She labels her classes for various topics such as yoga for a broken heart, anxiety, busy people, bedtime, pain, for after disaster. Of course there is also basic yoga to work core or flow, etc. The length of time of the class is also listed.
Thirty-Day Yoga Journey
While doing Yoga with Adriene on Christmas Day with my daughters, we noticed that she had a 30-day yoga journey. I’ve heard it takes 30 days for something to become habit. Thus, I might challenge you to try yoga for 30 days. The journey starts on Jan. 2nd. You may want to go to her site and look at the 3-minute preview of the course. Adriene discusses the benefits such as a deeper connection with your self and with humanity. She states that you don’t need any fixing, its more about uncovering who you are. Other benefits include trimming and toning, along with a connection to a community and humanity. Typically there is also some meditation and relaxation involved, so it’s great for stress, anxiety, depression, or if you are someone who ruminates. In addition you can download a free calendar that helps you keep yourself accountable for your journey and you can sign up to get emails from her to inspire you on your journey. It’s free and it’s good. What more could you ask for?
If you don’t get a chance to do her program, 30 days of any yoga will do. This is one of the many things I suggest to clients who are dealing with anxiety, stress, or body image issues. If I can help you with any of these issues, please give me a call at 713-304-6554.