Friday, June 16, 2017

My embarkment into yoga every damn day

I’m sure we have all seen those gorgeous men and women, touted in yoga clothes in a flawless formation of a yoga pose that seems as effortless as breathing to them. As far back as I can remember I have always admired the art that is yoga, the precision and intensity that it takes you and your body to land into the endless poses with poise and strength. I must say that when it came to sport and athleticism it was not by any means my strong suit in any shape or form. I was always the kid and then teenager that would stand off in the corner of the pitch hoping with all my might that nobody would pass the ball to me, that the game would continue with me going unnoticed. My short-lived career of attempting any sport began and ended with badminton, a sport that seemed the easiest at the time (and let me tell you it was not!) and when I eventually quite that sport it left me with nothing to keep my little fitness level up to what it had once been. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a couch potato as much as the next person but the stiffness that I started to feel within my body was something that I was not going to accept at 20. This thought landed me firmly on the #yogaeverydamnday Instagram page and if that is not enough motivation to get those yoga mats out I don’t know what is.

Rolling out the mat that first day has been the hardest part of this entire journey that I have been on. As I write this I have just finished week 1 of yoga every day and I can say with all honesty that I can’t remember the last time I felt this athletic (I cannot believe I’m describing myself as athletic). Sure, my body aches with movements I have never even thought of attempting, using muscles I have probably never used yet when I have completed my hour for the day, the energising vibes I receive are indescribable. I usually practice in the morning after I have eaten my breakfast and has quickly become a treasured part of my morning routine.

 It is still early days so I haven’t seen a massive improvement in my flexibility which is of course not surprising. I initially commenced on this yoga journey to release the stiffness that had plagued my body and in sequence also improve my flexibility and while yes I still value these elements, it’s sub- sequentially not the reason that drives me to that mat each morning without fail. The power within us all the change ourselves for the better each day, chipping away at the sculpture that is to hone in on the beauty of every nuance that we have is ultimately what plants my feet on that mat daily.

Of course, before I finish this post it would not be me if I didn’t inject some fashion into it. While yoga has become somewhat of a physical and mental journey for me, I also cannot ignore the part of me that throws on some cute leggings before I begin each session. There is so much freedom when choosing an outfit for yoga, I personally love the liberty of adorning a pair of lululemons one morning and wearing just my underwear the next day. It all depends on my mood and my confidence that day which I am still working on like the work in progress that we all are.
Never underestimate the power of a pretty pair of leggings that will get you in the mood to start the session even when the lazy mindset has taken a hold of you. Sometimes all I need to do is sit down for a while in the leggings to fully motivate myself to get my yoga practice begun with my optimism in tow. I have to of course give credit to lululemon and alo yoga among many that have created beautifully elegant and comfortable figuring hugging leggings that never fail to astonish me with the flawless quality. There is so many pairs to choose from but I have ultimately narrowed the list down to 9 favourites that I think you will love as much as I do.

Reflecting on this piece, I have decided to I cannot adequately put into words the power yoga has given my mind and body, unlocking the ability that I have, to change the parts of me that I don’t like and nourish the parts that I do. Yoga has become an essential part to my health and most importantly my mind which is not a part of me that I ever realised needed as much “exercise” as every other muscle in my body. We all need time in our days to reflect and look inwards as we spend so much of the day looking outwards whether it is 10 minutes or 1 hour. I urge you all to embark on this journey with me in your own way and on your own path that leads to a better version of you.

What are your thoughts on yoga? Do you have a yoga story that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments down below, I would love to hear all about your thoughts!

Mary J xo

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