Morning is an important time of day. If we are happy in the morning, we will be happy the whole day. If not, well… it is most probably gonna be a shitty day!
But there are always ways to start our day nicely, and to ensure that the rest of it will unfold smoothly.
And one of the ways is of course YOGA!
I started “flirting” with yoga a couple of months ago: I was doing it may be one – two times per week, still remaining loyal to my home DVD work out routine. Slowly, as I was getting more acquainted with yoga itself, I was getting more involved in its unique philosophy & lifestyle, and my yoga practice became naturally daily.
I was never a morning person before, I was rather a very “convinced” night owl, and for me it was NOT an easy transition. But we can train our bodies to get used to anything, and basically, when we say we are not morning people, it is just a matter of habit and habit only.
If someone ever said to me that I would get up from bed at 5.00 am every morning, I would laugh them loud in the face, but now… I do get up at 5.00 am every morning (OK, on weekends it is 6.00 or 7.00 am. Ye, still crazy, I know!) and practice yoga!
See? If I could do that (and I am the lazy one) anybody else can!
Some people do not need more than 6-7 hours of sleep per day. In fact, I think that sleep in general is very overestimated. I even know people who sleep 10 – 12 hours per day! Oops, is that you, babe? I used to be there as well.
Again, it is a matter of habit. We can re-program, re-build & re-shape our bodies the way we want. No doubts about it.
OK, I would not sound very original saying, that yoga gives us the tools to heal ourselves on all levels: physically, emotionally and spiritually. With yoga we can lose weight, improve our skin, relieve pain, get better sleep, and so on..
Yoga means union, and when we practice it regularly, we unite our mind, body & spirit. It is an ultimate guide to self-study as well. You will be amazed to learn absolutely new things about your body and yourself.
For many months I had been doing one hour of Tracy Anderson’s work-outs daily , but still yoga practice has seriously kicked my ass with strength & balance exercises.
So, first of all let me clearly assure you, that yoga is not necessarily a “woo-woo” thing or anything like that. Nowadays we have great teachers who are able to make it simple & available for everybody, yet without losing its spiritual side.
I personally do not like “woo-ism”, and any sign of it just makes me sick and I want to run away immediately! Yes, I consider myself a very spiritual, but still very grounded person. Life is all about the Middle Way, having one foot firmly on the ground…
Now, I might sound like thousands of people out there, but I must admit, that yoga changed my life. It changed my perspective on myself, showed me what I am capable of, and made me feel the connection with my inner self (or guide) on an even deeper level.
I get less annoyed, and less annoying. Peace & love, dudes!
As I travel a lot, again my preferred method of exercising is work-out DVDs or YouTube videos. Browsing YouTube, I found absolutely amazing stuff for yoga beginners from equally or more amazing and beautiful Tara Stiles. I fell in love with her for her very grounded and practical approach to yoga teachings.
Tara actively promotes the idea that yoga is not some mysterious practice for privileged people or highly spiritual individuals, yoga is for everyone!
And Yoga IS for everyone. Or at least for anyone who can breathe, as she says.
Tara Stiles’s videos are charged with positive energy, & her exercises are very easy to follow. For me she is the one!
I totally recommend to give yourself a chance and just try one of her short videos for beginners, you will be amazed to see how your body responds to this new & maybe unusual “routine”.
So, today it is already seven days, that I practice yoga each singe morning for 20 minutes (plus my regular work-out DVD routine every evening). It feels great!
It is may be still very early to say, but something deep inside is telling me that “this stuff” is for real, and that I am seriously getting hooked on yoga, whatever it means. It is like you sense, that something is happening, and that this something is gonna be a big thing…
So, here is the link to Tara’s free short videos for all levels, you can start checking them out.
Do not miss this opportunity to challenge your body & mind. Use these You tube videos, or join (even better!) your local yoga group. Just try it, do it once. And see for yourself. You will be surprised with… yourself!