My Five Favorite Yoga Poses and Why I Love Them

Anyone that does yoga knows that there are yoga poses you love and yoga poses you hate. I prefer to think positive so here are my favorites.

I took the long road to really discovering yoga.  Really discovering because I gave it a couple tries over the last couple years but it never stuck. The first time I ever did yoga, I went to a yoga class with my mom at the local community center, we went once. I remember feeling like all that breathing was going to make me faint and being bored. I wasn’t ready for yoga yet.

Fast forward a couple years. I started the P90x program and part of the program was yoga. I finished the P90x program and was able to see a real change in balance when doing the yoga, yet still yoga was the afterthought of the program.

Full discloser, I am a Beachbody Coach and I have only ever finished two programs. P90x as mentioned above, long before I became a coach and the 3 Week Yoga Retreat last October. It’s not because I don’t like the other programs I do, I just absolutely love yoga. While I was completing the 21 days of yoga, I found myself looking forward to yoga everyday. In 21 days, I was hooked. I now crave that place I go into when I am focused on my breathing and feeling myself go deeper in poses than before.

Eighteen days ago I challenged myself to 30 days of yoga. I chose 30 days because; one, a month of yoga sounded nice and two, research shows that it takes 66 days to form a new habit. So 30 days seemed like a good jumping off point.

Eighteen days in, these are my five favorite yoga poses and why I love them

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Stop Hating on Other Women and Make Yourself Happy

I have been seeing it a lot lately on the internet. Women bashing other women. When a woman is doing well, other women are quick to nitpick at her, to try to bring her down a notch. But why? Why does she need to be brought down a notch?

On the flip side, I have also noticed that when a woman is having a hard time, she is shamed and mocked. Other women grab their shovel and start piling on the dirt, like none of us have ever had a hard time before. Why do we like to relish in another woman’s struggle? Why does that make us feel better? It doesn’t actually.

News Flash, Bringing Other Women Down Makes You Miserable

When a woman is doing well, it’s almost like the rest of us get jealous. Ew right? I know I said it, we get jealous. The image that always pops into my head is the gorgeous, decadent apple pie. You know that kind that is perfectly browned on top, with some caramelized sugar? Anyways I digress. This pie comes to mind because it’s the cause of the “bash another successful woman” thing. Like somehow, if someone like Beyonce or Lady Gaga is super successful then there is no success left for the rest of us. She takes too much of the pie and it’s not fair.

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Why You’re Fat and Depressed [Hint Exercise]

 

We have all been there right? Unable to fit in your jeans, feeling tired all the time and super stuck to your couch. Who even put superglue on the couch anyways? The worst part is that being productive and fitting in those damn jeans is all you want. There is a surefire way to make it happen: Exercise. I know, I know, easier said than done. But it can be done, I promise, I know this because I have been there.

Let’s talk about those excuses

I had a lot of excuses about why I couldn’t exercise and they were all bullshit. Here are a few of my top excuses.

First, and this is my very favorite, I try to pull it out of woodwork every now and then still; I don’t have time to exercise. I would tell myself that as soon as I finish a goal or the weather is better I will start exercising. Did it ever happen? Nope. That’s because it wasn’t real, I was not somehow magically going to be less busy. It took me years to figure out life is busy, the summer breaks of endless days and nights we all enjoyed in school are the thing of the past. Adulthood is busy, it just is.

Second excuse, is another doozy and a total trap; I don’t have enough money to exercise.  What does that even mean? I had myself convinced that I NEEDED a fancy gym membership and the best workout clothes because how could I possibly workout any other way? While there are certain things I would recommend spending money on when it comes to exercise, you DO NOT  need a lot of money to get fit.

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