I had sorta planned on not writing any more posts about yoga, mostly since there is just only so much I can share at the level (non-teacher) that I am at. But hey look-y here, the topic creeped in again, cultivating a simple, stylish and content every day is heart and habit‘s focus and yoga fits somewhere in between their nice and cozy like — so creep in from time to time, it will.
Let’s preface this one real quick, I’m not trying to guilt you or tell you that “this is THE year” or even remotely anything like that — that wouldn’t be cool. When I talk “workout clothes” you can imagine I’m putting air quotes around the word: workout — because really you can (of course) wear them to work out, or to just hang out, go to a class, maybe meet a friend for coffee or whatever your big heart desires. No matter what your intended use actually is (no guilt), those “workout” clothes should be stylish and comfortable so you don’t feel frumpy wearing them as your “workout” or non workout clothes. Also, maybe the most important because they are workout clothes they need to be functional, then it just gives you tons of options for the intended use.
1.yogini tee – 2.bow pose patch – 3.grateful toque – 4.high-rise wunderunder leggings – 5.leather mat strap + light weight travel mat – 6.mala beads – 7.skid-less mat towel – 8.zip up sports bra – 9.cork yoga block – 10.goodlife trial membership – 11.gym bag
For the yogi, or the lover of being active person in your life (some this stuff isn’t just for yoga, like the trial gym membership to let them try before they buy). There is just one tiny thing with gifts of the active and physical nature, it’s that you need to be very careful how and who you gift them too. Someone who already lives an active lifestyle is going to love that you thought of this huge important part of their life and the gift is going to be awesome and oh so welcome.
BUT if that special someone isn’t currently active, sure maybe they have spoken a ton about how they’d love to start yoga or going to the gym? Well then maybe a really nice gym bag or some comfy yet functional work out (or relaxing) clothes would be a great plan for that person. Give them a gift that can be used towards their goal but not a gift that makes them feel like everyone around them thinks they need the gift and not a gift that is a constant reminder they haven’t used the gift after the season passes. It’s that really tricky balance. Hey if you ask me, all of these things would make awesome gifts I know I personally want every single one of them (hint HINT husband;).
When it comes to doing something new, something out of your ordinary and often just something healthier than your every day norm it’s all about creating habits. It’s hard to do something consistently without setting a habit, but it’s hard to make something a habit without actually doing it consistently — the old chicken before the egg or egg before chicken debate. In my humble opinion the only way to make something a habit is to just jump in and start doing it consistently from the get go.
For me and yoga it’s pretty much all about consistency, I practice constantly and I try my darndest to keep it like that and for good reason. Even though I truly love my practice, if I let up on the consistency a little it totally screws me and my habits right up. For instance, last week I had a really difficult time getting to the studio (kids, life, blah blah excuses) — I only practiced twice all week, which sounds really great because it’s better than nothing, I know. But since I missed so many days in between, it started to actually get easier to talk myself out of waking up before everyone else to get to that 6:30 am class and my habits were quickly switching to sedentary relaxing over yoga practicing — which just didn’t feel good at all.
The relaxing, living more sedentary comes pretty naturally ( you don’t need to try to do “nothing” and crave a whole box of Oreos) which is why for me I need to make something a habit to keep me from that natural tendency of couch potatoing (it’s an action). I don’t actually know if it’s like this for everyone, is consistency super important for you to keep up with healthy goals and routine?
I often get asked why I practice yoga everyday (also how, but part of the how is mixed with this why). And my answer usually is “because I love it“, which is true I really really do. But I also practice everyday because I require the consistency to keep at it, to keep it a habit. I know that yoga makes me a better human being, that I literally need it in my life, that it resets my days and all those reasons are enough to keep up with my practice but some days it would be a struggle to get going if it wasn’t a habit and it would probably be much more sporadic of a practice. So basically, the key to success (a huge part of the key) is consistency.
Do you find you’ve fallen off the wagon a bit during the summer? Or maybe a vacation got in the way of your healthy routine? Yes? Guess what, me too. And I can honestly say the best way to fix that, because beating yourself up about it surely won’t help even a tiny bit. Is to jump back in, cold turkey (does cold turkey work as well when you are starting something?) and do it (do it) today, tomorrow and every other day this week (more specifically, for getting back into yoga).
Do it till it feels normal again and the couch potatoing/relaxing in the sun feels more abnormal. Still relax and couch potato, just save that for after you did your consistent workout/practice. What do you guys think?
We all have assumptions and misconceptions, actually we usually have a ton of both of those — about pretty much everything (or at least I know, I do). I could look out my window right now, see someone walking down the street and assume I knew were they were going and where they just came from — and guess what, I just did. When we don’t actually know about something, by first hand knowledge (of whatever type) we naturally assume. It’s just the way our brains naturally think, and most often the assumptions are about totally mindless or harmless things — like that person walking down the street. The world is pretty much built on assumptions (and you know what they say about assuming? now this is awkward) which often wash away when someone just sets us straight or we gain first hand knowledge.
Before I ever tried yoga, I had a bunch of assumptions. Misconceptions that turned into reasons why I didn’t think it was for me — I pretty much scared myself away from all my in head nay-saying. Then I tried it and I liked it (sounds like a yo-gabba-gabba song). Did I ever tell you I didn’t love yoga right off the bat? I liked it, but I didn’t love it and fully get it, till a bit later — probably worthy of another post. Once I tried it and liked it (sorry, had to say it again) I realized how wrong I was in all my assumptions, and then even later I realized how many other people have the same misconceptions that I once did. So I thought it would be fun to call myself out on all (ok, just some) my silliness, and maybe be the friend that can set you straight/give you first hand knowledge to kick the assumptions to the curb.
You’re not lazy, I know you are not lazy. But who has time for tons of really detailed vague info, the lazy girls guide is my no BS guide to, well life — just in case you were like, ???
“Yoga, yoga, yoga I love yoga”. Or at least that’s what “I” sound like when Chris lovingly mocks me, he has heart eyes when he mocks me so it’s okay. So what I talk a lot about it (all the time). But before I get started on another “yoga, yoga yoga I love yoga” talk, can we talk a bit about the word practice for a split second?
I am constantly feeling like how ever I type that word, it’s wrong. And with my naturally amazing grammar skills (side eyes) I’m just always sure I’m on the wrong side of the fence. But this word is just one of those confusing ones, in Canada it’s generally “practise” (verb) and “practice” (noun), but for some reason I always grew up writing it as “practice” (noun and verb) even though I’m Canadian, so my brain only knows that way. So if you ever wondered or got annoyed with my wicked spelling/grammar skills, cause I know you care so much that it kept you up at night, that is why I spell that specific word so right (or wrong).
Since I’m lazy (not really, I just like things to be simple) and I love my yoga practice I thought hey, I should do a Lazy Girls Guide To Starting A Yoga Practice. A round-up of tips for starters (slash beginners) and maybe a few pushes thrown in, because it should be an easy thing to start but I know it isn’t — because it just looks so darn intimidating but it shouldn’t be.