Yoga is SO much more than a workout

August 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

Hi guys and happy Thursday!! So excited for this post today because I got to work with some amazing BGB gals. AND we are talking about one of my fav things ever: YOGA!

Yoga is so much more than just a workout to me. It helps to keep my mind at peace, stay in the present, learn to listen to my body, and so so so much more that I could ramble about forever hehe. Here’s what some gals said about why they love yoga and how it is so beneficial for them!

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~Katie from talk less, say more says: “Yoga has proven (on a few occasions now) to be an absolute life saver by strengthening my mind and helping me reduce anxiety as my daily reminder to live in the present moment and just breathe.”

~Beth from sublimey fit says: “I love that yoga is a constant reminder to live in the now and to let go of everything else!”

~Marina from adancersliveit says: “One reason I practice yoga is to help my body and mind recover from the stress of dancing and life! It calms me and keeps me flexible and grounded!”

~Akansha from citrus and gold says: “Yoga is a restorative practice for my muscles to balance them for running. But more importantly, it’s a mental break from everything else – I try focus on only one thing, my breath, when I’m practicing.”

~Dani from Dani California cooks says: “Yoga is my time to reconnect with every cell in my body! The minute I sit on my mat and take a breath I suddenly become aware of just every sensation.”

~Ellen from my uncommon everyday says: “Yoga clears my head. I can step away from my to-do list, think about my breath and the postures, and then I can reenter the world in a more focused place. It’s often hard to tell myself to stop “going” and just head to my mat, but I always feel better when I do. The time is never wasted.”

~Meah from pilates pearls and peanut butter says: “I practice yoga because it makes me feel strong, confident, and focused. Plus, who doesn’t love savasana?”

~Catherine from a cup of Catherine says: “I’m not practicing currently, but definitely anxiety relief. When I had a regular Bikram practice, I saw a noticeable difference in my anxiety. It also helped me with my body image. I began criticizing my body in those big mirrors but eventually became inspired by every BODY in the room.”

~Keri from Kerri’s kitchen says: “I love yoga because it lets me relax and let go of all of the day’s responsibilities. I always leave class feeling refreshed and more positive. It also really helps me with post workout/ running soreness and helped me to stay injury free during my marathon training!”

~Leah from love me feed me says: “Yoga for me is a way to nourish my body and my mind. It can be relaxing and it can challenge me and it’s one of the few ways I can get out of my own head (well most of the time :P). It helps my anxiety so much too.”

I didn’t always use to love yoga. When I was deep in my disordered thoughts, I didn’t think it was too “intense” enough to even be considered a workout. But as time progressed and I regained a healthy mind, I began to realize that yoga is so much more than just movement. On my yoga retreat last month, we talked about how when we step onto our mat, it’s for ourselves and ourselves only. You can stay in child’s pose all practice long if that feels good. If you force yourself to stay in crow an extra 5 seconds when you really don’t want to, you’re just hurting yourself; you’re letting your ego take over your practice. And that was such a big eye opener to me. Swallowing my pride, accepting what my body is telling me, and getting on that mat without holding any expectations on myself.

Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better you practice, the brighter the flame.” -B.K.S. Lynegar

Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life.” -B.K.S. Lynegar

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endure and endure what cannot be cured.” -B.K.S. Lynegar

And another quote because this one is just SO dang awesome 🙂

Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” — Rolf Gates

Now tell me: 

Do you practice yoga? 

If you do, does yoga help you to be more mindful? Lessen anxiety? 

Thank you for reading loves!! And to all the awesome BGB ladies I included in this post for sharing their love for yoga 🙂

Have a wonderful Thursday guys!!

Xoxo,

Lyss <3

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22 Comments

  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It August 18, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Aww thank you for including my voice in this Lyss!! 🙂 I love yoga and I’m definitely going to dedicate myself to a regular practice this year. “Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in.” I LOVE THAT!! I used to only think of yoga as a workout. I also would never attend any other classes that weren’t Vinyasa because I thought they didn’t “burn enough calories”. Shaking my head at myself now, but yoga has become a full body-mind experience for me now. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this and have an amazing day love <3
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    • Reply Alyssa August 19, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Of course babe!! yoga is such a mind body experience and a mind body connection. It is really so powerful and amazing!! happy Friday to you love <3

  • Reply Melanie August 18, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Yoga has absolutely helped me to reduce anxiety and learn to live in the moment. I love that yoga teaches us to let go of comparisons and just focus on our own practice. There’s no pressure to get into a certain pose or hold it for so long, it really is about focusing on our breath and learning to accept where we are in that moment! It’s cool to read everyone’s thoughts on yoga and how it benefits them 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa August 19, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      I love the focus on breath and learning to stay int he moment during yoga as well Melanie!!

  • Reply Lynne August 18, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I never considered Yoga, ‘a real exercise’ in the past, I thought it was just not too intense enough! Recently I have started doing yoga from home, and it has been brilliant, I absolutely love it, and really feel it does wonders for my mind. I love that daily commitment as well…it is just perfect 🙂
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    • Reply Alyssa August 19, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      I’m so happy to hear you are loving yoga more Lynne!! <3

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot August 18, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    This is awesome! Im currently going through a 30 days of Yoga youtube program and i love it! I plan to do a lessons learned post when ive completed it! Its helped with my anxiety so much!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 19, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      that sounds awesome Heather!! yoga can help with anxiety and stress so much!

  • Reply Kate August 18, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I really wish I was better at practicing yoga more often. I always enjoy it when I do and could really benefit from the meditative and stretching aspects. I think I need to follow Heather’s lead and do the 30 days of Yoga program.
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    • Reply Alyssa August 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      that 30 days of yoga program does sound great! finding a studio you love can be helpful too to continue your practice!
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  • Reply Akansha Agrawal August 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Aw thanks for including my quote! I actually went to yoga this morning before heading to work and I already feel so much happier. I think I’ll do a post on yoga soon too 🙂

  • Reply Liv @ Healthy Liv August 18, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    How do you recommend starting yoga? Do you do videos or go to a studio? It’s something I’ve thought a lot about trying out!

    • Reply Alyssa August 19, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      I go to a studio and I flow at home! I don’t do videos because I just love flowing to music and doing my own thing, but there are several videos on YouTube to help begin a yoga practice 🙂

  • Reply Taylor August 18, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    love yoga!! I used to do it so much more but just got out of the routine. Definitely need to get back into it. Exercise in general is so much more mental for me and reduces so much stress. I like the physical benefits of it too, but it is more for my mind.
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    • Reply Alyssa August 19, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      exercise and yoga is SO helpful for the mind- totally agree with you!
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  • Reply sarah August 19, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Love this post Lyss! And all the quotes. I enjoy yoga because it is very much spiritual as well as physical for me. I need to get back into it! I haven’t practiced in a while and I think it would help me a lot.
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  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law August 19, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Yesss! I first tried yoga at school (it was an option for our “sports day” where we spent the afternoon doing a particular sport) and fell in love. I was going through an extremely stressful time at school and nothing made me feel as good as yoga did – and I’ve loved it ever since!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 19, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      so cool how beneficial yoga can be when it comes to stress management! 🙂

  • Reply Megan Hallier August 19, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Last year I went to yoga classes at my gym and to be honest I hated it most of the time. I really just went because my friends were. It just felt so forced and fast. Since I’ve been doing it solo this year I’ve started to enjoy it so much more. I prefer taking it at my own pace.
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    • Reply Alyssa August 19, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      I think doing yoga at home can be great! remember too that you don’t have to go at the pace everyone else is going at! It’s your own practice 🙂

  • Reply Cindy August 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Hello Alyssa, I totally agreed with you that yoga is more fruitful than a workout. It is absolute life saver as strengthen our mind and help to reduce anxiety. So thanks for sharing such a nice blog.

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