2 years ago I was the healthiest I had ever been while I was doing Crossfit. Yes, it’s true I was a part of the cult. Although I will say the gym I attended was a bit different from the usual Crossfit gyms. Their goal was to create adventure athletes and prepare you for the great outdoors by getting you in shape and teaching you great form. While I no longer do Crossfit – It was a little too intense for my body and personality type (and a bit too expensive for my wallet), I’ve been working on building a new health routine.
In the last few months, I’ve really gotten into creating my own yoga practice. While I’ll go to classes when I can, and attend every free class that’s available to me (If you’re in Denver check out this site for free yoga classes). I’ve also found some amazing yoga videos including Yoga With Adriene who provides videos for every level at every length of time.
It’s with these tools that I’m learning to be in the moment, catch my breath and take care of myself, both mentally and physically. Since I’ve gone back to full-time work recently while still growing my own business, things have become a little crazy in my life. Oh, and did I mention I’m planning a wedding in under 8 months? Yeah, I like a challenge, and I’ve been providing myself some big ones lately. My anxiety, tiredness, and skin problems have reached a new and different kind of high. I’ve been taking steps to adjust my diet (I’ll be writing about that soon) and of course moving my body, building muscle but most importantly learning how to breathe and focus on calming things down and listening to my body.
Yoga does some amazing things for you. It can be a really hard workout (try the hot-yoga, you won’t ever be the same again!), it detoxes your body and it allows you to be inside your own body paying attention to what’s going on. It’s a great time to really get the “you time” you’ve been needing and to feel great the rest of the day. My goal currently is to get 20-30 minutes of yoga plus 10 minutes of meditation in every morning. I’ll admit I’m not perfect, sometimes I get 10 minutes of each or a few breathes and a few simple moves before I need to run out the door. But what yoga teaches you is to come as you are on the mat and accept yourself, flaws and beauty together.
If you’re looking for a way to spend some great time with yourself, quiet your mind and get the health benefits you desperately need, I highly suggest starting your own Yoga practice. Going to a few paid classes is a great way to learn the poses, understand form and get a feeling for your practice. Then you can go home and do it yourself with a better idea of what feels right and how to do each pose. Give yourself grace and remember that just like anything else in life this takes practice. When you fall over or mess up love yourself through it. We all started somewhere and it requires falling a lot until you start falling less.
Let me know how your practice goes or if you’ve been doing yoga for awhile, feel free to share your tips, tricks and thoughts below! I’d love to hear how Yoga has made a difference in your life and better prepared you for your Adventures.
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