Do you want to try yoga, but aren't sure where to begin?
Have you signed up for a class but felt like an outsider?
In the video below, I'll share my 3 (unconventional) tips with you about beginning a yoga practice with confidence, presence and a sense of humor.
But first, I've got to tell you:
I get it.
I know how it feels to want to get into something that you hear is beneficial... but then feeling LOST about where to begin.
While yoga has been my passion, my therapy and my job for 14-years, I nearly ran out of my first meditation class.
I wish I was joking.
I went in with confidence. I thought I was a mindful person. I mean, I had done my fair share of self-reflection during my yoga teacher training and I found great value in the silence and stillness in my yoga practice.
However, meditation felt completely foreign to me.
My sneaky A-type personality convinced me that there had to be a "right" way...
10-Minute At-Home Yoga
One morning, it all just clicked. I had been feeling sorry for myself. I found myself in complaint-mode too often. I mean, I had been to ONE solo yoga class since Max was born. One class in 15 months.I never get any time to myself, I shouted internally.And then I did something crazy.I started consciously breathing... and moving.I reached my arms up, drank in a deep inhalation, and started stretching.Max usually tells me to "sit, sit" when I start moving my body in strange ways. He pulls at my hands and says, "off," when I try to plank or push-up.But on this particular morning, as if he could sense how much his mama needed this little win, Max kept playing.I indulged in a little forward fold... Max kept playing.
I dared to lunge, to twist, to plank and downdog... and my mama-obsessed, busy little boy kept playing.
It was a toddler miracle!In reality, yoga doesn't work for us in every moment....
The Story Behind the Movement
When I first decided to get back into working out
with an unpredictable newborn schedule, I had three notable options:
a) Randomly piece my own workouts together, praying that I'd "make" time or "find" energy. I had an idea about what I "should" do, but I couldn't quite get there. I lacked an intentional plan, so I ended up feeling frazzled, frustrated and like I was wasting precious time rushing through a workout that left me feeling more stressed out than when I started.
b) Drop serious money on a gym membership, yoga classes or maybe even a personal trainer. Sure I'd appreciate the structure, but I couldn't afford that time away from home and I didn't have it in me to research the most cost effective option. Great resources, just not my path at this season in my life.
c) "Press play" on a video workout. Honestly, this method worked on and off for me, but that was precisely...
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You may relate to this...
My child is a wonderful, sweet, explorative little person.But he won't leave my side.I know in about 12 years, I'll miss his need for "Mama" to "carry" him everywhere. (Maybe I'll miss that...) But right now, I come close to insanity by the end of the day IF I don't make a little time for myself. As the sun starts to shine, I'm looking forward to taking our workouts outside, but just in case you need some rain day motivation, I have a mindset trick to share with you, which may sound silly (or as Max says "siwwy, siwwy, siwwy," but this simple mindset shift completely removed the pressure I had placed on myself to make a conventional workout "fit perfectly" into my day.Last winter, when I felt my mood and outlook start to dip, I knew I had to make a big mind-body-heart shift. Movement is the gateway to transformation in my...
Do you have images (of yourself) that you look back on and just laugh?I've got to say, watching myself point at my preggo belly in this video makes me both cringe and giggle every time.In some ways, I feel like pregnancy allowed my inner dork to emerge more than ever… and in other ways, I KNOW it made me stronger than I ever imagined I could be. (More on that another time.)But my favorite thing about this workout isn’t that Mr. Max was in my belly (who at the time, we fondly called JoJo) or that I had felt him kick earlier in the week (I’ll blame his movement on my goofy smile).My favorite part of this workout is that this lower body series can truly be done anywhere at any time with anyone. Whether you’re six months preggo*, stuck in an office, wearing a baby, chasing a toddler or enjoying a unicorn moment by yourself, you can take advantage of...
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It's time we tell eachother the truth about motherhood.
Have you ever watched an adorable, well-lit mama-baby workout and thought to yourself…
Sure. That’s adorable. But it’s gotta be a joke.
Mmhmm. I see videos parents doing yoga with they’re adorable, crawling baby in lovely, grassy parks, and I wonder HOW did they train their baby to not crawl away?
And I get it… Babies are adorable. I’m a big believer that if you find something that works for you and your family, it’s important to share it.
But this is where we, as moms, can fail each other without knowing it.
When we only share the good – the beautiful, the “blessed” moments, the magical my-heart-is-so-full moments – we risk suggesting that our life is free of the struggles, frustrations and crazy-making that every human on this planet faces.
We risk making other moms wonder where did I go wrong?
I'm guilty of it too - I know I am. My theory? I...
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This one's for all the mamas who may not have oodles of motivation or hours of time.I don't know about you, but at 26-weeks preggo, I'm was going for strength and endurance over aesthetics.SIDE NOTE: I've got to say, while working out was pretty tough for me mentally and physically at this point, it made me feel a little less anxious about birth and all things baby and I believe that it prepared me for a tricky labor and natural birth. Now, just like Part 1 - the Barre Workout for ANY-Body, you definitely do not need to be pregnant to benefit GREATLY from this workout.
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https://youtu.be/UjNeqJgMM2sIn fact, you may have even more fun if you're not carrying another human being. (wink)Either way, you'll definitely want to get your hands on the DOUBLE Workout Cheat Sheet so that you can:
Enhance THIS workout by turning it into a total body workout (I'll show you all 3...
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