The Benefits of Yoga
After my daughter was born I brought yoga into my life and it was a natural fit helping me create a tranquil home life. Everyone has that thing or combination of things that keeps us calm and centered. I’ve experienced the benefits of yoga in healing after my two knee surgeries for an ACL injury the hardest part. The hardest part of the recovery was not being able to do yoga when my body needed to rest. My body felt restricted, almost foreign and I longed for it to breathe. It sounds almost silly describing it but those are the best words to detail the stress. Just a few minutes of yoga releases stress, negative energy and emotions. I’m left open and ready to embrace the positive light needed for my soul.
Yoga for Your Soul
I’m writing about yoga today but more importantly about finding that thing or things that keeps you centered. If you’re not a yogi at heart or have no desire to be one (even though I strongly recommend it) then please swap out yoga for your favorite passion. Maybe it’s running, swimming, reading or just quiet time journaling with tea.
I went on a retreat last October with a lovely group of ladies and the common theme was finding time to do the thing that feeds our souls. I don’t make a big deal out of new year resolutions but after my last knee surgery I vowed to put my body, spirit and mind first and make yoga a priority.
During the retreat, I shared with the women how I incorporate at least 15 minutes of yoga into most of my days. Being a parent, friend, wife, etc. should never mean losing time for your one thing. Sometimes that means yoga becomes a family affair and my daughter joins in the Namaste. It may not be as ‘centering’ as solo yoga time but it warms my soul seeing how excited she is to share a mat with mama.
Make Yoga a Priority
Yoga is like a daily meal to me. It nourishes my body inside and out and it’s as important as that next meal in my home. It’s high on my priority list and can be squeezed into the daily routine just as meal prep time in my home. If mama is hungry, no one is thrilled to be around me. If mama doesn’t have a few minutes of yoga time…well you can guess what happens.
Find Your Yogi
It’s important to find the yoga teacher that you connect with because it’s for your heart and soul. Yoga is such a personal journey and the benefits will come full force when you find what works for you. I have found inspiration and motivation through YogaZone, my favorite online group of yogis. Yoga with Adriene is absolutely refreshing and offers several options. Trust me, you won’t feel like you’re working out, it’s more like having girl time with a bubbly friend.
Grab and Go
Squeeze yoga (or your favorite activity) in whenever you can by having your stuff in one area so it’s absolutely ready to go and you’re not spending precious alone time minutes on a search for your items. I keep my yoga tops and pants together on one shelf in my closet. My mat is an easy grab along with the iPad or Apple TV for my workout. I like to think of this time as my warm up since I race to get dressed and in my mat position in warp speed. It’s all about the yoga and not scrambling to find what I need. Take a few minutes right now and go prep your area.
What fills and centers your soul? Have you found the benefits of yoga?