Living The Yogi Life

Posted on: September 16, 2019

Yoga originated thousands of years ago in India as a practice to help achieve a more positive outlook on life and a sense of serenity and peace.  However many people have stripped away the spirituality aspect and focus mainly on the physical.  This can give the impression that yoga is just a group of athletic individuals doing head stands which may intimidate many people, but I urge you to reconsider.  The benefits of yoga are very real, which is why I strongly recommend that everyone starts incorporating it in their life.

Yoga will not only increase your flexibility and balance but will also improve your health.  There is a vast growing body of research on how yoga improves health problems including asthma, obesity, chronic pain and many more.  It can decrease you chances of heart disease, lower blood pressure and cholesterol and help you sleep better at night.  Meditation is really the key to all things yoga.  When you think of meditation, you may imagine sitting down cross legged with candles or burning incense in a darkened room.  In reality, meditation can take place anytime and anywhere.  All you need is some peace and quiet and allow your mind to process everything in your life.  I would say meditation is the heart of Yoga since it is such an integral part of the practice and is something that can truly change your life.

Every since I started yoga, it has helped reconnect me with my body and mentally has given me more clarity.  With work, home, our personal life and social life, things can get pretty hectic.  It’s so helpful to take that little bit of time during your day and just focus on yourself.  I use to do yoga in the mornings but recently I have switched over to the evening.  It lets me mentally go through my day and focus on the important aspects and clear my mind of excess clutter before turning in for the night.  My energy level is much lower at the end of my day and so yoga in the evenings is a better fit for me.  In the mornings, is when I have my high energy workout which pumps me up for the day.

Visit Winners for your Yoga essentials and join me on this journey.  For starters, a Yoga mat is a must, it will help you gain a good grip and help you stay balanced in all your poses.  They also have a wide selection of blocks to choose from.  Blocks are a great way to help beginners gain flexibility and perform poses.

Interested but no sure how to get started?  Cloverdale Common hosts Yoga sessions in partnership with Alive Yoga & Fitness every Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. until December 29, 2019.  This is a great opportunity to get your feet wet and find out what the yogi life is all about.