Do you practice yoga as often as you’d like to? Or are you new to yoga and just want to try it out?
Practicing yoga every day can make huge improvements in your life — from your flexibility to your mind-body connection. After all, yoga is a type of meditation in itself.
If you’d like to get more yoga into your life, then please join my upcoming 31-Day Yoga Challenge, it’s FREE!
Yoga for Mental Flexibility
When I first started practicing yoga over 15-years ago, I was so tight, I could hardly move my body. I asked my yoga teacher what I could do to become more flexible, and her answer was “practice yoga every day”.
Over the years I’ve come to realize that yoga is not necessarily about becoming more flexible on your mat, however it is definitely about more mental flexibility. The more often I practice yoga, the better I feel — mind, body, and soul.
Fitting in a Daily Yoga Practice
Fitting in a daily yoga practice can be a challenge in itself. When we were recently at the Chopra Center’s week-long Meditation & Yoga Retreat we loved our twice-daily yoga classes with the amazing Claire Diab. If you’re in New Jersey, be sure to check out her classes.
Since coming home from our retreat we’ve attempted to get to our yoga classes on a more regular basis. We take a great yoga class at our gym three times a week. And we took one fantabulous class with Tara Stiles when she visited StralaSeattle recently.
Playing on Your Yoga Mat
Sometimes, however, life just gets in the way of our making it to class. Lately it’s been kittens! Having new kittens is SO much fun that sometimes we just want to stay home and PLAY with them instead of playing on our yoga mats.
And yoga really is a form of PLAY. It should not be a chore, it should not be hard work. Yoga is meant to be FUN. If you’re not having FUN with your yoga class, try another class or a different instructor until you are having FUN.
Some forms of yoga are more strict and formal, so find one that works well for you.
Join Our 31-Day Yoga Challenge
Last night my husband Kirk and I were lamenting not getting to yoga as often as we’d like to. So we decided to challenge each other to 31-days of Yoga!
Starting December 1st we are gong to attempt to make it to one yoga class per day for 31-days straight. If we can’t find a class on Christmas day, we’ll improvise and do our yoga at home. Finding room inside of our sailboat to do yoga is a bit of a challenge, (not to mention kittens running around our mats), but we’ll make it work.
Will You Join Our Challenge?
Give Yourself the Gift of Yoga
Just think: after practicing yoga for 31-days straight in December, you’ll be ready to kick-start your 2015 with a whole new body and mindset.
A lot of yoga studios offer one-month unlimited passes, so this is a GREAT way to get the most bang for your buck and make each class cost $10 or less. If you are new to yoga, look for new student specials, which can cost even less. Strala Seattle has a 2-week unlimited pass for $40.
Encourage a friend to join you in your yoga challenge. Having someone to hold you accountable can really help you get to class, and it’s also more fun to practice with a friend.
If you prefer to practice yoga on your own, at home, there are lots of great yoga DVDs available. Here are two options: Tara Stiles online course, or try Yoga Transformation: Strength & Energy with Deepak Chopra
Click here to join our 31-Day Yoga Challenge, starting Monday, December 1, 2014.