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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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Patience Please, I’m Building a Dream

Let’s talk about the grind.  Not the daily grind, but the long-term, year after year grind.

In Chinese astrology, it’s the year of the Fire Rooster. Roosters can literally grind at something for years and not feel the need to get rewarded until the task is complete.  They know the reward will come when the work is done. So they grind. They push. They keep working and they don’t stop.

This is the perfect year to do just that.  To separate the reward from the work.  To grind like never before.  We are officially in month two of 2017 so here is what I want you to do.  I want you to email me your long term goal.  I want you to tell me how you are going to achieve the goal and what you are going to do this month to start the process.  This is what I’m going to do. I’m going to hold you accountable.  I’m going to email you at the end of the month and make sure you are on track.  Because I’m rooting for you and I want you to succeed.

  • Find out what you are crazy obsessed about. 
  • Pick a long term goal related to that. 
  • Figure out the steps you need to take to get there and start today.
  • Like right now.

I’ll tell you mine. I’ve been debating doing a powerlifting meet for about a year now.  I finally bit the bullet and I’m going to do my first meet on April 9th. Now I have 10 more weeks to grind it out. To push myself like I quite literally never have before and to test my skills at the end of it. Why am I doing this? Because staying the same is boring. Living a life of the same is not on my agenda. So I find hobbies, become obsessed with them, learn as much as I can about them and then test my skills.

Find your obsession, learn everything you can about it, put the time in and grind, then your dream is there right in front of you for the taking.

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It’s not the pose, it’s the struggle

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Yoga is not about the pose. It’s not about holding handstand or doing some crazy arm balance or even being able to sit in pigeon comfortably for several minutes at a time.

It’s about the struggle along the way.

When I see someone take flight in their first bakasana, I’m so freaking excited for them not because they finally got the pose but because I know all the struggles they pushed through to get to that point. I know the hundreds of times they tried it, failed and tried again.  I know the time they put into it, the frustration they pushed passed and the countless times they might have told themselves they’ll never be able to do it.

Yoga is not about the pose, it’s about the struggle.

Lifting is not about the weight, it’s about the struggle.

It’s about finding something that is challenging for you and pushing yourself to 10 to get to where you want to be. Who cares what someone else lifts, who cares about all the crazy arm balances the person next to you in class can do.  Everyone has different struggles, everyone has different goals and as long as you can focus on yourself and push through the struggles, you’ll come out a better and stronger you.

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Fitness Friday: 20 Minute Full Body Workout

Grab two dumbbells and get to work! You’ll do this for as many sets as you can in 20 minutes, with 45 second rest in between each set.

  • 12 Squats with Dumbbell Overhead Press at the top
  • 12 Reverse Lunges with Bicep Curl (each side)
  • 12 Renegade Rows (each side)
  • 12 Skull Crushers
  • 12 Lat Pullovers
  • 12 Leg Lifts