Why We Should All Yoga: My Five Favorite Yoga Benefits

In this post, I want to share with you my five favorite yoga benefits. I hope to inspire you to unroll your mat and get breathing and moving today.

This week, I went to four yoga classes. I usually practice yoga in shorter sessions before or after my gym routine. But this week, I was able to take a C2 and two C3s at Corepower Yoga?and a vinyasa class at Equinox. Overall,?I feel my absolute best when I add yoga to my circuit training and cardio sessions.

Here’s why!

1. Stronger Core and?Stabilizer Muscles

Yoga trains your core and helps you strengthen your stabilizer muscles. When these two things are strengthened, you will notice improvements in your exercise form and range of motion. The three main groups of stabilizer muscles are the trunk, hip joint, and shoulder complex. These are key to supporting you through pretty much every workout, from running to weights!

2. Mental Clarity?

I love practicing yoga in a studio setting because I’m able to completely unplug for an hour. My favorite thing is storing my phone in the locker and not being around electronics for a while. I can walk in with my mind completely full and racing with a million things and once I settle into my mat, I notice my thoughts slow down when I start to breathe. Those first few breaths of class are so soothing. By the time savasana comes, much of the mental chatter has melted away and I leave class feeling conscious and relaxed.

3. Improved Circulation

My body seems to run better overall when I am able to practice consistently. Yoga improves circulation in the body’s major systems. A few important areas I’ve experienced the benefits of yoga would be the lymph, immune, and nervous systems. Yoga enables our blood to flow better, increases the oxygen content in our cells, and regulates digestion.

4. Inner and Outer Glow

That yoga glow. It’s a real thing. :)?Yoga and clean eating has cleared up my skin so much. But on a deeper level, I think the mind, body, and soul connection I experience from yoga connects me?to God and my true self.

5. Increased Flexibility

I’ve noticed that there are no shortcuts to flexibility. It takes time to stretch. I’m working on my middle splits right now and it’s progressing but pretty slowly. I always hear people say they don’t do yoga because they’re not flexible. But yoga is how you get flexible. 😉

Thank you for reading my five favorite yoga benefits.

What are some of yours?

See you on the mat!

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How To Get Into Eight-Angle Pose

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When I first tried yoga, the instructor cued us through?chaturanga (tricep pushup) and I couldn’t hold my elbows next to my sides. I kinda laughed inside because my arms were so weak. I continued to show up on my mat and?I would take?chaturangas on my knees. After months of taking classes, my body finally understood how to do a chaturanga. ?Over time, I was able to improve my form in this foundational pose and this unlocked my access to most of the yoga arm balances, including eight-angle pose. In this post, I will show you how to get into eight-angle pose?in a safe and accessible way.

Just to preface this tutorial, everyone’s body structure is different. Our muscles, joints, and bones are built differently and any injuries will also change the dynamic. If you have hip, wrist?or shoulder injuries, I would avoid arm balances for now until your body is ready.

With any yoga pose you are attempting, you can use the following template to break down the pose:

Breaking Down Eight-Angle Pose – SOUL

S-?Strengthen

Core, arms, wrists

O-?Open

Inner thighs, outer hips

U-?Understand Muscle Action

Extension of hamstring muscles and core stabilization

L- Lengthen

Hamstrings

Build-up Poses

Yoga Sequence

To prepare for this pose, I recommend flowing through sun salutations, hip-opening poses and core strengthening poses. Once you have flowed through the recommended poses at the links here, your body will?be ready to try eight-angle pose.

Forward Fold Variation

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Eight-angle pose requires open hamstrings.?Check out my splits tutorial here for more hamstring stretches. I like this variation of forward fold because it also?stretches your IT band. In this variation, your ankles are crossed which mirrors how your ankles are positioned?in eight-angle pose. Hold this pose for 5 to 10 breaths.

Firelog Pose

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Firelog pose is a deep hip opener. Place your ankle on top of the opposite knee and work your shin parallel. Flex your feet to protect your knee joints. Ground your sitting bones to the mat and balance your weight evenly on both hips. If you find that there’s a space between your top thigh and your bottom ankle, you can place a block underneath for more support. Hold this pose for 5 to 10 breaths.

Cradle your Leg

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Next, take your top leg and cradle your shin with your arms. You can extend your other leg or keep it bent for now. Try getting your shin parallel to the floor. Place the sole of your foot on the inside of your elbow. Move side to side and take deep breaths as you do so.

Elephant Trunk Pose

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Elephant trunk pose is a fun arm balance that builds lower core and wrist strength. Take the leg that you cradled and place your leg above your shoulder. Getting your leg above your shoulder requires open inner thighs as well as outer hips. My favorite inner thigh stretches are horse pose, frog pose and prone frog pose.

Side story: one time I was teaching class and I cued through 4 poses in a row?and laughed out loud because I realized all 4 poses were named after animals!

Try to get your leg as high as you can on your shoulder. Support your calf with your hand. Then plant your hands down on the mat next to your hips. Extend your bottom leg out long. Make sure your fingers face forward and your wrists are in the same line. Press your top leg firmly into your arm while you press out from your hands. Engage your lower core?while you press through your hands.

Layer one, lift your seat off the mat but keep your front heel planted. At first you may need to sit back down after a few seconds. Try getting up three times and keep your breath steady. Layer two, after you lift your seat, lift your heel off the floor and point your toes. Try to hold this pose for 3 to 5 breaths.

The key to this pose is the leg pressure on your arm and really pulling your core up and in. From here, we build on elephant trunk pose.

?Eight-Angle Pose

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There are a few ways to get into eight-angle pose. This tutorial will show you how to get into eight-angle from elephant trunk pose. While you are in elephant trunk pose, lift the heel of your extended leg and hook your ankle on top of your other ankle. See this in action at the video below.

Once you hook your ankles, bend your elbows back like chaturanga and press both inner thighs firmly into your arm. Pin your elbows next to your ribs and extend your hamstrings out. While you bend your elbows back, you also lift your hips up. Try to keep your shoulders level. I’ve included photos that show you the front and side views of this pose.

The key here is to squeeze your inner thighs as much as you can. This will help you balance. Hold this pose for 3 to 5 breaths. For more advanced yogis, try transitioning from eight-angle pose to hurdler’s pose.

Bringing it all Together- Yoga Flow

Here’s a video that brings these poses together. Remember to breathe and have fun with it! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please feel free to comment below with feedback, questions or requests.

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Resistance Part II: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

In this post, I will share strategies to overcome resistance based on?The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. As promised, this post is the continuation of my first blog?where I talked about what triggers resistance in our lives. If you haven’t read it, I recommend you check it out here and then come back to this post.

The more you love your art/calling/enterprise, the more important its accomplishment is to the evolution of your soul, the more you will fear it and the more resistance you will experience facing it.

Have you ever put something off for months??The War of Art?has been on my reading list forever and I finally finished it yesterday. I think I procrastinated so long because I was slightly nervous to find out what?Steven Pressfield?had?to say about overcoming resistance. It’s like the point of no return, right? When you find something out, you can’t unlearn it. Haha!

Well I finally overcame my own resistance to finishing the book and I’d love to share with you what I learned from it.

How do we win the inner creative battle? The strategies below are from?The War of Art?by?Steven Pressfield.

Win?the Battle by Turning Pro

Steven Pressfield says we will overcome resistance when we turn pro.

The professional plays for keeps… To the pro, it’s his vocation.

Whatever your craft is, I think this is the turning point in your journey where you decide you’re all in. So how I interpret this is not necessarily quitting your full-time job (although it might be for you). I see this more as a mindset shift. To me, this is a lifestyle.

To share with you all, my craft is the integration of where I am at this moment: finance professional, yoga instructor, fitness enthusiast, and blogger. What is your craft??If you are currently reflecting on what makes you passionate in life, check out my post on discovering work that you love?here.

Once you have found your craft, there’s a decision you have to make. That decision is, are you ready to go pro?

If you’re ready, Steven Pressfield talks about the principles a professional lives by. He says that these are principles we already practice at our “traditional” jobs. You and I will apply these in different ways but I think the ideas behind them are valuable. Here are a few:

1. Show Up Everyday

I think everyone has that innate sense that tells us we can’t miss work or show up too late. We don’t really give ourselves a choice.

2. Show Up No Matter What

This is similar to #1 but this hints at showing up even when we don’t feel like it. We have to listen to our body. But sometimes we have to take the split second to ask: do I genuinely not feel good and need to rest or am I facing resistance?

3. Commit for the Long Haul

Your journey, interests, and creative pursuits will change as the seasons pass.?I love that life is a journey of learning to love ourselves, love others, and live well. Once you go all in, it becomes a lifestyle.

4. We Accept Remuneration for our Labor

We are here not only to have fun and contribute our gifts but to earn a living.

5. Resist Overidentifying with our Work

We must build our identity in something much deeper than our circumstances, resume qualities, where we live, the things we are surrounded by, and the list goes on.?It is worth asking the question: What am I building my identity on and is it shifting sand?

6. Master the Technique of our Work

Practice, practice, practice. This is where time and discipline come in.?Nothing comes overnight and many times you will work and no one will see anything for a while. But you know you’re working on your craft. We have to start somewhere and doing little by little every day counts.

7. Have a Sense of Humor about our Work

I think having a good time should be part of every moment. If anything, we should be professional fun-havers!

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How Do you Know You’ve Turned Pro?

Steven Pressfield says you know you’ve turned pro when the following qualities become a part of you (just sharing a few here but they are all so good):

Patient

We live in such an instant gratification world. It’s so easy to want everything yesterday. Once you turn pro, you almost always live in a state of delayed gratification. But you can’t let it frustrate you. Trust the process. I wrote more on the timing of life here.

Acts in the Face of Fear

I think pros just do it. From what I’ve observed, the more a thing scares them, the more they do it. It’s almost like a compass. We can prepare to our best abilities but then at some point we just have to do it, even as we’re shaking inside.

In the War of Art, Steven Pressfield shared a long list of fears we face daily. But you know what he said our biggest fear is?

Fear that we will succeed. That we can access the powers we secretly know we possess. That we can become the person we sense in our hearts we truly are.

I was mindblown when I read that. I’ve always felt that fear deep within?and it’s crazy seeing it articulated into words.

Asks for Help

Asking for help is something that comes from a place of humility. It’s letting go of pride and tapping into the wealth of knowledge and resources around you. It requires vulnerability.

Does not Take Failure or Success Personally

This one is so good. And really hard to do. It’s staying grounded and being one level detached from your work, so that if it is received well or poorly, your self-worth and identity won’t rise and fall with it.

Self Validating

This one is also one of my favorites. You have to cheer yourself on and I feel like you can’t live for the validation of other people. That’s our own job. It’s not about the number of followers, likes, or comments. It’s getting our validation from within and knowing your worth. This?goes hand in hand with our identity.

 


 

When I first read these concepts, I had to take a few days to simply absorb it. It’s a lot. That’s a high bar. But I’ll end this blog post with an excerpt from The War of Art that serves as an amazing call to action.

Thank you for reading. I hope this connected with you somehow. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Until next time!

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When Lululemon Takes you on an Urban Adventure in LA

What happens when Lululemon brings Marcus Buckingham and 64 inspired souls together for a Snowball Party?in West Hollywood to celebrate the opening of their Melrose?location?

You’re about to find out!

What’s a Snowball Party?

I had the opportunity to?go on this adventure and I’m excited to bring you in on the fun. If you know me, you know I’m always up for new experiences and I love connecting with people so I thought this would be the perfect way to spend my Saturday night!

What’s a snowball party? Yeah, I was wondering the same thing too. Here’s how it works!

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So with the concept down, I was?ready to go. Lululemon emailed saying they would get in touch Saturday afternoon to tell me where we were supposed to meet?our fellow Snowballers. I love surprises!?Can you tell?

At 2:56pm I received this text.

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So fun! 🙂 I made my way to West Hollywood and got to enjoy golden hour on my drive. I arrived at the meeting spot and?quickly found the other two Snowballers. Yep, we actually did scratch our heads!

Our first mission was to go to a department store, dress up in Christmas outfits, and send the Snow Patroller our family photo.

We did just that! We sent our Snow Patroller a selfie of us wearing red and gold ponchos holding up Christmas garland and a sled. True story. Too funny.

Then our next clue came in and asked us to go to a sports bar where we had to say “snowball” to the bartender. The bartender led us to a booth with three other Snowballers. What once was three had become six.

We got to know our new friends over drinks, appetizers, and an icebreaker game that had us reveal a scandalous secret that no one would guess just by looking at us.?But we won’t talk about that here. 😉

When in LA…

Our adventure continued, which included but was not limited to: singing Christmas carols on the streets of LA with a red hat out (guys, I found my next side gig), giving genuine compliments and hugs to strangers as we walked by, competing in a relay race in a random parking lot (our team won of course), going to a climbing gym where hot whiskey cider was served, and enjoying the company of the other Snowballers as we multiplied in size.

I later found out that other groups were assigned different missions such as yoga at the park, decorating cupcakes, and other fun?stuff.

Our final destination was the Lululemon Melrose location.

We walked in and the first thing I saw was the incredible spread of small bites and juices (yeah, I kinda love to eat). It was pretty amazing. But once I zoomed out, I saw the design of the Melrose store. The store was sleek, modern, and elegant. Lululemon laid out a campfire-like scene. There was live music in the form of a passionate singer jamming out to cover songs. We mingled for a bit. It was great to see familiar faces and Instagram friends.

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Marcus Buckingham & The Love and Work Movement

Then we took our seats and got ready to hear?Marcus Buckingham speak. Here’s a quote taken from his website that provides a quick glimpse into his perspective:

?My hope and dream is that you find a life in which you get to express the unique spirit that is You, in the most intelligent, most contributive, most meaningful way possible.?

This perspective is so meaningful to me because lately I’ve been in a season of intentionally stepping into?the gifts and abilities I’ve been blessed with. Mr. Buckingham’s words resonated with me because of the journey I’m currently walking.?The timing of life can be pretty spot on sometimes!

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I sat there in stillness listening intently to Mr. Buckingham share his heart. Here were some of the things that stood out to me:

We all are unique

Marcus Buckingham shared that each person is unique. He said our uniqueness is the key to our contribution to the world. He talked about the moment he?realized how different he was from his brother and sister even though they were all raised in the same home. I was drawn in when he talked about his sister who danced for a prestigious ballet company, which was one of my?dreams when I was little.

Then I started to think about my own siblings and just how different we are too. My older sister?is softspoken, caring, and such a good mom. My older brother is artistic. He loves to draw and once pursued a career in animation. He also plays guitar and sings. My younger brother?seems to do it all. He is an entrepreneur, fitness enthusiast, and aspiring recording artist/music producer.

Take a few moments to reflect on your uniqueness. What moves you?

Weave your life and work using the Red Threads of Love

Let’s turn love into contribution – then we all win.

I believe that once you discover your unique talents and gifts, you have to find ways to share it. Moving beyond ourselves is the key to living a life of purpose. So when Marcus Buckingham started to talk about the Red Threads of Love, I was all ears.

He had us picture someone who was living their best life- someone who’s life was vibrant. In his words, what these people?had in common was that they took all the red threads of the stuff they love and decided to weave all of those things together until their whole life “blanket” was made up of red threads.

It was so cool to hear Marcus Buckingham describe these red threads?because it’s what I’ve been reflecting on and working towards these past two years.

You may not know but I have a career in investment accounting. I love how intellectually stimulating it has been to learn about the investment industry these past five years. But halfway through, I found yoga and realized that connecting with people was my gift. So since then, I’ve been on this intentional living journey where I use what I’ve been given and the place I’ve been planted to hopefully inspire those around me to live out their best life.

Take what you love and turn it into something useful.

I’m?learning every day and hearing Marcus Buckingham share his insights on this was confirmation that I’m on the right track.

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How Do you Find your Red Threads?

Have you ever been in love?

Marcus Buckingham asked us that. He said that people who are in love experience these feelings: time flies when you’re with that person, you think about them when you’re apart, and you can hardly wait to see them again.

Marcus Buckingham shared that we experience those same?feelings with the red threads of our work and creative activities.

He gave us a call to action. He said to do this for a week: every time you’re doing something and you experience those feelings of love, write it down. These may very well be your red threads.

It doesn’t mean every task or job we do will be life changing.

I think the hope is that over time, we can weave more and more love into our lives, and extend the love to those around us.

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Thank you for reading! I hope this post sparked something in you today. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Thank you to Keb Doak of Lululemon LA for these photos.

Resistance: What Happens When you Pursue your Dreams

There’s something that happens when you start moving?in the direction of your dreams. You will experience resistance. It’s not one specific thing you can see or name, it’s mostly a feeling. In The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, resistance is:

an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.

In this post, I’ll talk about what triggers resistance and how I’ve experienced it in my own life. My hope is that you’ll start to see it in yours too.

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I felt resistance a lot more than usual this past week. With every yoga class I teach, each Instagram post I share, and each project I work on, there’s a little voice in me that wants to shrink back, not share, not open up, not be vulnerable, and not put myself out there. It wants me to stay safe and not create.

Have you felt this too?

What triggers these thoughts and feelings?

The War of Art?outlines 11 activities that trigger resistance (in no specific order):

  1. -The pursuit of any calling in writing, painting, music, film, dance, or any creative art, however marginal or unconventional.
  2. -The launching of any entrepreneurial venture or enterprise, for profit or otherwise.
  3. -Any diet or health regimen.
  4. -Any program of spiritual advancement.
  5. -Any activity whose aim is tighter abdominals.
  6. -Any course or program designed to overcome an unwholesome habit or addiction.
  7. -Education of every kind.
  8. -Any act of political, moral, or ethical courage, including the decision to change for the better some unworthy pattern of thought or conduct in ourselves.
  9. -The undertaking of any enterprise or endeavor whose aim is to help others.
  10. -Any act that entails commitment of the heart. The decision to get married, to have a child, to weather a rocky patch in a relationship.
  11. -The taking of any principled stand in the face of adversity.

In other words, any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity.

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When I first read this list six months ago, I was floored. It became so clear to me why some days felt like I was pushing a boulder up a hill or swimming upstream in a river. If you’re reading this, I know for sure you are engaging in three, four, or even five of these activities on a daily basis.

Once we are aware of the negative forcefield that prevents us from creating, we can look it in the eye and push through.

What ways do you experience resistance?

Resistance can be overcome. Stay tuned for a future blog post?on ways we can break through. Thank you for reading!

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3 Partner Yoga Poses to Try with Your Friends & Family

In this post, I’ll break down three partner yoga poses you can try with your friends and family this holiday week!

Partner yoga is so fun because you get to share the experience with someone else. I am definitely that person at a family party or friendsgiving talking about the benefits of yoga and/or inviting everyone to come to class. 🙂 I remember at one family party, my brother’s girlfriend and I tried a partner yoga pose (it was one where she got into high plank on the floor facing one way and I stacked my plank on top of hers facing the other way) in the living room just for fun!

The great thing is you don’t need to be an advanced yogi to try these. Alright, let’s go!

Headstand x Dancer’s Pose

This pose connects headstand and dancer’s pose. Before you start, check out my?headstand tutorial here.

So step one, one of you get into headstand (for more advanced yogis, you can try it with handstand or one-legged wheel pose). The partner that will do dancer’s pose should capture both of your ankles to stabilize both of you.

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Once you both feel stable with your foundation, your partner will start to remove one hand away and take his/her palm and capture the inside arch of her foot or ankle. Make sure this partner’s shoulder opens outward and the eye of her elbow faces out to protect her shoulder.

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For you in headstand, keep your breath steady and core engaged. For you in dancer’s, kick your foot back into your palm to lift your leg higher. Find one steady point that isn’t moving to focus your gaze on. Hold the pose as long as you’d like and?slowly release.

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Balance out right and left and take turns being the headstand partner!

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Handstand x Legs up the Wall Pose

This is a really fun way to practice your handstand with some help! Have one partner get into legs up the wall. This partner gets to chill for a bit! Stand in front of your partner about one leg’s distance but facing away. Then go into forward fold, on an inhale lift your spine halfway and then plant your palms shoulder width distance apart. Try to have your wrist creases parallel in one line. Lift your right leg as if you were going into standing splits, then connect that foot to your partner’s. Then lift your left leg to connect your other foot. Now you’re in handstand!

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Your hands will be pretty far forward at first, so hug your lower core in and wrap your front ribs in, then walk your hands back slowly closer to your partner. As you do this, keep pressing your feet into your partner’s to help you get your hips stacked over your shoulders.

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The best part? You get to jump off! Take turns being the handstand partner.

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Locust or Bow x Legs up the Wall Pose

This one is really fun and requires some bravery and lots of trust and communication! One of you go into legs up the wall. Have your partner stand in front of you then interlace your hands with hers. Bend your knees then place your feet in a V position on her hips. The trick here is your toes should be right around her hip bones for a stable foundation. Grip your partner’s hips with your toes.

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Bend your knees a lot and stabilize your hips.?Ask your partner to lean her weight into your feet. Use your hands to draw her closer to parallel to the ground. At this point, she is balancing on top of your feet.

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Then here’s the trick, once your hips are stable, imagine yourself at the leg press machine and press out through your legs. For the flying partner, engage your spine and core as you balance and be fearless here! The next important trick for you is to use your toes. Imagine you are playing piano on their hips with your toes; this will really help you balance!

Once you both feel confident and stable, start to release your hands.

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Then you can?play?with resting your arms on the ground and the flying partner can go into floor bow pose.

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Then gently release your partner and take turns being the flyer!

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As you can see, we had so much fun playing with these poses! Hope you do too and let me know in the comments below!

My partner is MariAngel?and we are both wearing Monday Active?via?Bandier.?Photos by Alex Jay.

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3 Tips for When You Only Have 5 Minutes to Practice Yoga

In this post, I’ll be sharing 3 practices that are useful for days when you only have five minutes to do yoga.

I got up early Monday morning to take a C2 class at CorePower Yoga before work. The room was heated to 98 degrees and it felt so good because if you know me, you know I’m always cold. Brrr. I started moving through the first poses of class and all I could think of was wow, I am so so tight. Then, I tried to think back to the last time I made it to a yoga class and realized that it had been a week. During the week, I usually practice on my own at home or the gym but nothing beats going into a yoga studio and leaving all distractions at the door. If you’ve been practicing yoga, you’ll notice that your body feels so much better with regular practice. I’ve noticed that I’m a lot less reactive and generally more relaxed when I can make it to my mat more consistently. That’s when I thought to myself, I really need to set aside time to practice yoga every single day, even for just 5 minutes.

So here are my three tips!

Practice Your Breath

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Here’s a breathing exercise that will help you relax.

Close your eyes.

Inhale through your nose to the slow count of four ? 1-2-3-4.

Breathe in as much air as you can and once you reach 4, hold your breath for 4 counts ??1-2-3-4.

Exhale through your nose to the slow count of four ? 4-3-2-1.

Repeat this 3 to 4 times or until you feel more calm and relaxed.

Practice Your Flow

The physical part of your practice does not need to be 60 minutes long for it to be a complete one. Maybe you decide to put your phone away for 15 minutes, roll out your mat, and just move to your breath. I think a little bit each day is better than nothing! Maybe your yoga for the day is just taking some shoulder and neck rolls while sitting at your desk at work. That is perfect!

This week, I was feeling a lot of tension in my shoulders so it felt good to stretch out that area. Here’s a 3 minute flow that encourages shoulder mobility. Think of areas where you feel the most tension or tightness and practice some poses that target that area.

Practice Your Gratitude

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I’ve had to constantly go back to gratitude this week. How about you? It’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially during this time of year with the holidays coming up. When you start to notice feelings of discontentment, anxiety, or any other feeling that is not serving you, start to think of things you are thankful for. Start with the most basic things and keep going from there. Gratitude will reframe your thoughts and your day.

I hope these three tips were helpful and thank you for reading!

Share with me?one thing you are grateful for in the comments below.

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Slow Down to go Fast

We live in a results-driven society. We are busier than ever these days. The world we live in places a high value on achievement.?At first it seems like the formula is to work harder towards building the life and future we truly want. In this post, I want to share some things I am learning. I want to share how taking it slow and cultivating an inner stillness can open the door to our best life yet.?

Time

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It’s interesting to think about our perspective?on time. Have you considered it? Whether it’s realizing how old we are going to turn when our next birthday comes around, to wondering where 2016 went (the first week of November has come upon us), sometimes it’s easy to feel like time is on fast-forward. Because of this, I think setting an intention of slowing down is so important.

The thing is (and those of you who are more type A will probably resonate with this), when we slow down, sometimes we think, well if I don’t work at this right now, it won’t get done. It won’t happen.

I’m starting to see that this isn’t exactly the case.?

Here’s what I’m learning-

Slow down to go fast…?I’m starting to see that time is on my side. Time is on your side too. I think this applies to pretty much everything! Maybe you are looking for a new job. Or maybe you just started dating someone. Perhaps you are working towards certain fitness goals. Wherever you are right now,?I think taking your time is the best thing you can do for you.

But it’s not just taking it slow. It’s realizing that the things at work in your life are happening for you even while you rest. While you sleep. While you aren’t putting in the hard work at the gym, work, school, etc.

Why is that?

Live Life with an Open Hand

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I think the reason why taking your time and getting “rest” are worth it because if it’s for you, it will happen. This is something I have observed to be true time and time again. You will never have to force anything that is meant for you.?This is true in all areas of life- career opportunities, relationships, friendships, basically everything.

When you live life knowing your intrinsic worth and how loved you are, the game changes. You stop operating from a place of lack and move into a place of provision.

For me,?I am able to know my worth and understand my value through my relationship with Jesus. It’s a sweet journey to be on just knowing that it’s all a gift. It’s that ultimate rest from striving, proving myself, and being on the proverbial hamster wheel.?This is what helps me live life with an open hand.?

This leads me to the next thing-

Be Thankful for What you Have While Working for What you Want

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We have a natural?desire to be fruitful and progress in life. I think it is so important to have goals and pursue them with our best abilities. Lately, I’ve been reflecting on what it means to be thankful for what I have now, while working for what I want. It is really easy to get so focused on the destination.?I’m learning that it’s about the moments in between.

It’s easy to spot this in our own lives. Have you ever found yourself thinking, “when ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ?happens, then I’ll finally be happy.” I do sometimes. I counter these thoughts by?remembering the days that I prayed for what I have now. ?

When I was a sophomore in college, my friend’s biology class had a field trip at Little Corona?Beach?in Corona del Mar, California. The field trip was centered around observing all the living things in the tide pools during low tide. Once we got to Little Corona, I fell in love. I thought to myself, “wow, I’d love to live here.” That day, I saw my very first sea star and tons of purple sea urchins and teal sea anemones.

I always had CDM in the back of my mind since then. I finished college and started my career. After three years of working, an opportunity opened up to move to CDM.?My dream of living in CDM came true. It wasn’t a linear path and I didn’t know it would happen. I say prayer of gratitude every time I come home.

I look back to that memory because it’s a reminder of how life can surprise you. Sometimes you’ll get exactly what you wished for, or sometimes life gives you something better.?

What are some blessings you are standing in today? Does slowing down to go fast resonate with you?

Thank you for reading!

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Yoga Flow: Expressing Your Creativity Through Movement

I’d like to share with you a yoga sequence that?will help you feel light and free. This yoga flow will encourage you to express your creativity through movement. Give it a try and share your thoughts with me!

Featured in this video is?the?Gemstones yoga mat by Free Thirty Three Yoga.

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Golden Hour Yoga: Three Minutes to a More Peaceful You

There’s something so magical about golden hour.

The way the sky glows in Corona Del Mar right after sunset is one of my favorite sights.

After work, I often like to go to the beach and watch the sunset. When I hear the waves and feel the salty air on my skin, my day is instantly uplifted.

All the cares of this world seem to fade away and I am left feeling at peace.

The ocean grounds me.?It reminds me of the beauty and mystery of life.

I want to share with you a three minute yoga flow that will help you reset your body and uplift your mood.

Featured in this video is?the stunning?Gemstones yoga mat by Free Thirty Three Yoga.

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