In the beginning of 2016, I became very interested in Yoga. I can’t remember the exact moment when I decided to start practicing, but I do remember looking for information regarding Yoga and how to start. I came across a YouTube channel, Yoga with Adriene, and at the time she had a “30 Days of Yoga” series running. I did not own a Yoga mat nor had I ever tried Yoga before. I was simply in search of something new.
So for the past year, I have been practicing on and off at home with my most active times being this past summer. I downloaded an app for my iPhone, Yoga Studio, it’s priced at $3.99. A little pricey for an app, but they do a great job explaining the poses and the app allows you to schedule classes that automatically sync with your mobile calendar. There are classes for all levels with times ranging from 15 minutes to 1 hour.
Meditation, on the other hand, is a concept I’ve always known about, but I’ve never implemented into my life. Just a few weeks after practicing Yoga, I started to practice meditation. All yogis suggested that in order to really get the physical benefits of Yoga you must first master the mind.
Again, I downloaded an app for my phone. The “Headspace: Guided Meditation” app gave users 10 free days of guided meditation. I deleted it because I couldn’t afford the yearly subscription fees. Currently, I switch between two apps, “Breathe” and “Calm.” Both require subscriptions as well, but they offer a little more for free than Headspace did.
Have I mastered the mind? Of course not, but I have seen an improvement in terms of my attitude and how I approach people, and different situations. Now, I didn’t say at all times because I am human, but compared to years previous, I have seen an improvement.
When I am frustrated I find myself practicing my breathing, thinking through what just happened before jumping to conclusions, as well as, an overall positive mindset. That is the ultimate goal, right?
Some of the benefits that I have obtained by practicing both Yoga and Meditation are:
- A more positive attitude
- Calmer spirit
- A consideration toward Veganism
- A better appreciation for people and other living things surrounding me. Including animals and plants.
- Personal growth
- More effective communication
- Healthier eating habits
- Less stress. Mental and physical.
- Toned body
Those are just a few of the benefits I’ve gained through my practice of both Yoga and Meditation. What you gain from both is solely based on what YOU want to gain. Give it a try and let me know if you want to continue.
If you know me personally I am thinking of putting together something special for the start of spring surrounding both Yoga and Meditation. So let me know if you’d like to participate and I’ll set it up.
Remember: SELF-CARE is the best work you can do. Never forget about SELF.
Peace and love.