It’s that time of year again! The holidays are behind us and it's time to recommit to our health and fitness goals. I personally love seeing all of the new faces at the gym and in the studio. Working out and eating healthy has had such a huge impact on my life and I enjoy seeing new people discover the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Since the start of the new year I’ve received a number of inquiries from folks interested in starting yoga. They’ve heard of the benefits, and are interested in learning more, but they’ve got questions. Even though yoga is thee most ancient exercise regimen around, dating back thousands and thousands of years, yoga is still taboo in many parts of the US. Is it a religion? What if I’m not vegan? I can’t even touch my toes, can I still do yoga? Today I am here to clear the air and set the record straight about the 5 most common yoga myths.
Happy New Year!!!
I don’t know about all of you, but I am SUPER excited for a new year and a fresh start. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that we always have the opportunity to give ourselves a fresh start, regardless of the date, but there is something so symbolic and energetically powerful about the start of a new year. It is a great opportunity to reflect on the past and make decisions about the future. My first decision about 2016 is that it will ridiculously amazing. That part is nonnegotiable.
Whether you work a 9-5, are a busy college student or a stay-at-home mom, managing a full workload AND staying on track with health and fitness is HARD! The catch-22, of course, is that exercising and eating healthy are the fuel that keeps you going. The busier your are, the more you'll benefit from clean eating and daily physical activity.
The 8 limbs of yoga originate from the ancient text The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali, written in approximately 200AD. In this text, Pantanjali lays out an eight-fold path for living a meaningful and peaceful life. In today's society, when most people think of yoga they think of the physical practice. And while that is an important part of the practice as a whole, the other 7 components are equally as significant. In fact, the purpose of the physical practice is to facilitate the real practice of Yoga - the understanding and mastery of the mind. So what are these 8 steps, you ask? Here's a mini breakdown
Practicing yoga at home can have one of the greatest impacts on your practice overall. It will teach you self-discipline and the art of "tuning in". Most importantly, it gives you the opportunity to practice MORE. Honestly, who couldn't use MORE yoga?!? Exactly. It's not always possible or practical to make it to the studio, I get that, but it shouldn't stop you from practicing altogether. They say practice 3 days a week to change your body, practice 6 days a week to change your life. I don't know who "they" is, but I totally agree!
Today's tutorial is how to do chatarunga!! Like I say in the video, chatarunga is one of the most common poses in yoga (we do it A LOT!), but it's also one of the most commonly butchered. Performing chatarunga correctly will protect you from injury and create so much core and upper body strength.