Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self.
–The Bhagavad Gita
I truly recommend this for anyone who wants to be fit, but is not into running and jumping around and such. Trust me, yoga is the perfect solution. And the only reason I’m saying this is because I’m one of those people who want to be fit but are too lazy to make exercise a habit. I generally dislike exercise until after I do it, but yoga is something completely different. Instead of making you exhausted, yoga makes you want more and more. It keeps you energized and alert. Kind of like swimming and walking, but much more rejuvenating. I guess we could call it calm exercise.
Not only is yoga relaxing, it also helps blood flow, digestion, and mental health. It teaches you to be flexible and to have a good posture. The benefits are abundant. And who said it isn’t exercise? Man, I sweat while doing yoga.
Just make sure you do it on a regular basis. Like all things, it takes patience and consistency to get good results.
Make sure you also include a healthy diet into your schedule. This doesn’t mean going on a diet. Let me save you the time and trouble of doing so by saying that-in my opinion-diets do not work! Unless you’re a very disciplined and grit-through-it type of person, there is no point in decreasing your daily intake of delicious roasted chicken, Greek salad, and nutella-coated bananas. Keep those yummy foods in your diet. Your stomach deserves it.
Instead, what you should do is keep your eating in check. Remember to never eat because you are bored, stressed or sad. I think there is a reason why gluttony is one of the seven sins. Too much of anything- even good things- is dangerous. Sure, you could eat a hundred apples a day, but you would still be hungry, because you need to complement those 100 apples with something more filling, like rice or a large helping of soup and salad.
What is most important, I think, is listening to your own body. Your body is a temple. And doing yoga helps you understand that. If you know that a certain food is bad for you, then for Malcolm’s sake (*cough cough* DHMIS reference *cough cough*) don’t eat it. It’s okay to binge once in a while, but the most important thing is just to keep everything in balance.
Here are some tips that helped me see the light:
- Eat a fruit and veggies every day
- Breakfast is important- make it delicious and filling(you’ll have the whole day to burn the calories if you’re worried about that)
- Eat no later than 7:00 p.m. or 2-3 hours before you sleep (this will prevent fat from stacking-especially in your stomach).
- Treat yourself to something sweet once in a while. You don’t have to be a no-carbs, no-sugar, no-calories robot.
- Exercise at least 3 times a week.
- Drink lots of water.
- Breathe, breathe, breathe. And,
- Remember that healthy looks and feels way better than skinny.
Just a side note:
During the Renaissance period, do you notice how all the paintings of women are those with full, vibrant bodies? In the past, being big was something that people commended, because it was a sign of wealth and abundance. Now, the media is full of stick-thin women and barbie-doll figured women. Don’t let those images effect you. Those photoshopped bodies are not natural and definitely should not be the ideal. Your own body-the way it was given to you-is beautiful the way it is. As long as you nurture it well, I guarantee you will radiate beauty from the inside out.
So, if you’re looking for a good way to ease into the yoga habit, then you could try downloading the Daily Yoga app. That was how I first fell in love with yoga.
If that’s too slow for you, and you’re looking for a little more engagement you could try Yoga With Adriene on Youtube. She’s pretty amazing! And did you know that she’s from Austin, Texas? I looked her up on the interwebs and it turns out she’s from the land of the longhorns and she’s an actress too.
Still not sure about the benefits of yoga? Here is a website that can explain it much better than I did:
Love, and Namasté. 🙂