First post of 2016 and it is a special one! It’s our first guest post ever and it’s from…. (drum rolls please)… my lovely friend, Leona Pop!
I’ve been meaning to write a post on the blog about yoga for some time now as I definitely think it’s a major contributor to a smart lifestyle, but I’m not the expert in this area and I haven’t been practicing for a long time. So I’ve asked Leona to jot down her thoughts on yoga (how she started, why it’s helped her, why she’s continuing with it) and she gracefully accepted. Bear in mind that she started with a daily program from Youtube and is now “working out” on her own since November 2015.
I highly recommend you start this song in the background while you continue reading to kinda set the mood and to also get to know Leona a little bit better, because if I’d have to pick a melody that would sum up her spirit and personality, this would be it. Enjoy!
Find what feels good!
(My yoga experience)
I started my yoga journey in the search of a way to relax, to pause my mind and bring my everyday thoughts and worries to silence. I was looking for a way to get off the fast lane of everyday rush into something. Be more, do more, go faster, speak louder, push harder! But what about feeling good, being present and witnessing the beautiful things that surround us? And that is where yoga comes to help.
Skeptical at the beginning, I started practicing yoga at home based on some online videos. I guess I went through what every new yogi experiments at first: struggling to get into the perfect posture, forgetting to pay attention to my breath at times, being anxious to go to the next asana. But after a while, things started to fall into place and I started enjoying my practice more and more. I also find myself lucky because I found Adriene’s excellent yoga videos which inspired me and lead me on the way of finding what feels good (Thank you, Yoga with Adriene!).
The hardest part is still hopping on the mat, but once I get there and I start my practice it only gets better. It helps me to relax after a long day (I usually do yoga in the evenings since I’m not a morning person, but I would love to move my practices early in the morning at some point), stretch my entire body, increase my flexibility, tone my muscles and be more present – especially when I’m doing a headstand (not a perfect one yet, but I’m still working at this).
It was surprising for me to realize that Downward Facing Dog does feel like a relaxing pose after some practice, which I found hard to believe at the beginning or how alternate nostril breathing does help fighting a headache, not to mention the simple but true pleasure that a hug of the knees to the chest or spending some time in Shavasana can bring.
If you’ve never tried yoga before or it didn’t get to you at first, I encourage you to give it a(nother) try! Just change your mindset a little, don’t rush into it, give yourself time, don’t judge yourself, don’t force things, just be open and enjoy your practice!
Reposted from JANUARY 29, 2016