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!
~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!!
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