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How Yoga Changes You

 

IMG_5718Recently I’ve become more aware of the journey of yoga students from the first class they ever take to their current class years later.  I’m in awe of the vast journey that they have gone through and how much they have changed over the course of their practice.  Here are three big ways that yoga changes you.

More Good, Less Bad

At this point we all know how good yoga is for us.  When we start to add good into our lives, we naturally let the bad fall out.  You might not even realize it happening.  It might start little by little with food choices. You took a yoga class, you’re feeling good and have that glow about you, now what will you have for lunch? You’re normal burger will make you feel down and tired so you opt for something more nutrient dense and green because you know that will keep your post yoga glow going strong.  You’ll start to notice the things in your life that make you feel good and the things that cause you pain.  As you become more aware of each, you’ll be more inclined to keep the good and clear the bad.

Community

A good yoga studio will have a thriving, supportive community that surrounds it.  I’ve made so many friends from yoga and we’ve got each other’s backs.  If you’re new to yoga or a studio, make new friends and become a part of that community.  Not only will it will hold you accountable to stay consistent with your practice, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people who only want to see you grow.  Plus it’s pretty amazing to be able to talk to someone about the joys of Ayurveda or how you flew your first ever bakasana and have them totally understand what you’re talking about.

Confidence

Yoga will 100% build your confidence.  On a physical level, you’ll start to feel more graceful, stand a little taller and become more aware of you posture.  You’ll feel less stiff and will move with more ease and lightness.  Mentally, you’ll feel powerful in your own skin. You’ll become proud of who you are as an individual and the unique qualities only you have.  You’ll understand your breath and how you can use it to your advantage.  Your skin will look better (see number one) and you will remove the negative from your life leaving you to feel like the superwomen you always knew you were.

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Protein Crepes

So, I had made this really cool step by step video on how to make these and then my phone decided to tell me I needed an update and I accidentally clicked yes in the middle of making these crepes and lost my video.  Either way, they are amazingly easy to make so no video needed!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Egg whites (or roughly 1/2 a cup)
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Local Honey
  • Filling of choice

Combine egg whites, protein powder and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well.  Place a small pan on the stove at Medium heat and pour about 1/3 of the mixture in the center of your pan.  Then swirl the pan around in circles until the batter fills the whole bottom.  It should be pretty thin.  These cook quickly so as soon as it is slightly brown on the bottom, flip over to cook the other side.

Fill with your fruits of choice, I did banana and strawberry.  Then drizzle with some local honey.

Enjoy!

 

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The Yoga of Lifting

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I always notice it the moment I sit up after savasana and more so driving home.  Complete euphoria. Joy and serenity at its purest moment.  It’s hard to explain how it happens really, or why.  I just know it’s there.

Surprisingly to me, I started noticing the same exact feeling after lifting.  I’d get in my car, head home and that euphoria would set in.

The gym for me used to be dreadful before I met the barbell.  Now it’s a sanctuary as much as my favorite yoga studio is.  The barbell is equal to my yoga mat.  Both provide me strength, confidence, muscle, peace.  Both knock me down when I am feeling a little too ego driven and both build me up when I’m feeling dreadfully unsubstantial.
You see there is nothing like the feeling of being able to deadlift 200+ pounds. Feeling strong is the biggest confidence builder I have ever come across.  There is also nothing like the feeling of your first crow pose lift off or conquering that pose you’ve been working on for so long.  Finding that perfect balance just before your edge.  I believe the thrill comes from constantly challenging yourself. Pushing and testing your limits.

There will always be people who can lift more than you, or who can hold handstand and do all of these crazy poses better than you.  But what makes yoga so amazing and what makes lifting equally as amazing is that you can come to your mat or barbell every time and know that the only thing you have to worry about is improving yourself.