Did you know that September is National Yoga Month?
To be honest I had no clue.
In case you missed it, I posted a blog about yoga in the past. If you are wondering, yes, I am a believer in yoga. I have experienced that it can help you in many different ways.
With the world we are living in, we all need some separation, and what better way than stretching it out?
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National Yoga Month
I found out about National Yoga Month during a recent Google search. I was looking for information on taking a break from the daily grind. Or what I like to call a “Treat Yo’self” day (thank you, Parks and Rec TV series).
This was very exciting because yoga, simply put, is fantastic! I think that everyone should at least give it a few tries. I know you will be glad you did.
I remember the first time I took a yoga class. My roommate, at the time, made me go. Overall, it was also a fantastic experience, and to this day, I’m still learning.
You might be wondering why there is a yoga month? That’s pretty cool because so did I. I found that it is to educate and inspire people about the health benefits and to live a healthy lifestyle.
What better month to get inspired? We are dealing with a worldwide pandemic, California is on fire, it’s been so dang hot, and the list goes on. Not only that, but I’m sure you have watched most of Netflix by now. Take an hour and learn something new!
It’s Time To Get Up & Give Yoga A Try!
Something that I have needed to work on is my posture. I found an amazing video that does just that. I mention this because many of us spend a lot of time on computers and our phones. I’m currently writing this laying down on my laptop. I need to get up and sit at a table.
If you want the link, click the link to get the posture fix or watch the video below:
Or, maybe you don’t think you need to improve your flexibility. What about your posture?
Taking A Break
I often have to remind myself that it’s okay to take a day off. I feel that between commuting to work, actually working, taking care of the other life tasks, trying to start a business, I think many times there aren’t enough hours in the day.
Taking a break, stepping back, taking a breath, and realizing that there is enough time is the correct way to approach this.
If you are feeling stressed with all your to-do’s, this is the time to stop right now and take a few minutes for yourself.
Something that you could try is taking the next ten minutes for yourself. You could focus on your breathing, sit quietly, or do some light stretching.
If you were to do some stretching, but don’ have time for a yoga session. What do you do?
Don’t worry, and I got you!
Stretching It Out
Here is something quick that you can do while taking your ten-minute break. Spend some of it stretching. I think you will be amazed at how much better you feel afterward.
There are many videos out there. YouTube is one place to look. As for me, I will then spend a few hours looking at all the different videos and then get more stressed, having gotten nothing done.
This is why I’m posting a quick stretch video, my friend, Justin, made. It’s only a few minutes, but I will go through the sequence a few times. After watching the video, let me know what you think of it in the comments below!
Let me know if you are interested in how I use the foam roller. There are a ton of different approaches, but it does a great job at releasing muscle aches and pains. It does take some getting used to, but it’s a good pain.
Can Yoga Be A Workout?
That’s a great question, and yes, it totally can be. I remember the first class I was dragged to. I was dripping sweat and realized we weren’t even halfway done!
The most important thing I want to point out is remembering to take time out of your busy schedule for you.
There will be resistance, but try taking out ten minutes for yourself. You can try this for the next week and let me know how it goes. You could go on a walk, stretch, or practice those difficult yoga moves that will not only make you feel better. I know for me, it helped me than be in a better position to tackle the never-ending to-do list.
Let’s try something. We will call it a self-check. Let’s find out if you are doing any of the below:
- How are you sitting?
- Are you leaning forward, looking at your phone or computer?
- Are you slouching your back?
- Does your back or neck feel any discomfort?
I’m not going to lie; as I’m typing this, I realized I’m hunched over. Something I need to focus on is my posture. So I’m going to watch the video above. What about you?
Let’s hold each other accountable. I’m going to work on my posture, and you are going to let me know what you think about yoga and or stretching, the video above. Leave me a comment below!
I’m also interested if you have ever tried yoga? Do you practice it yourself, take a class, or enjoy moving your body and becoming more flexible?