Self-Care Sunday: Yoga

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I have this hanging in my room as a reminder to breathe throughout the day.

Being a ballet dancer for many years, I have always loved be active! As flexibility was always an important aspect for a ballerina, we would do yoga as a form of cross training. Yoga is great for improving both strength and flexibility while also working on balance. Yoga is also a great way to lower stress levels and anxiety through the deep breathing and meditation. The yoga practice has been around for thousands of years, it was a way to achieve harmony between the heart and soul on the path to divine enlightenment.

My Favourite Yoga Poses

scm-yoga-muscle-triangle.jpgTrikonasana (or Triangle Pose)

This one is great for stretching the spine and hips! While it also strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles, so important for a strong foundation! This pose is also good for relieving stress and improving your digestion. Try it out here!

 

 

bigkingdancer-56aa410c5f9b58b7d00342b0.jpgNatarajasana (or Dancer Pose)

Of course this is one of my favourites, after being a dancer for so many years! This pose is great for practicing your balance as well as stretching your thighs and shoulders. This pose can also be modified as well! Here is a video to get you started!

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Svarga Dvijasana (or Bird Of Paradise Pose)

This one took a lot of practice for me but I love it now! Standing on one leg will strengthen your calves, quadriceps, and glutes, as well as help you access and engage your core to keep you from losing your balance. Try it here!

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Practicing Yoga

Although there are numerous benefits of practicing yoga, here are the top 6:

  1. Decrease Stress and Anxiety
  2. Improves Quality of Life
  3. Reduces Chronic Pain
  4. Promotes Sleep Quality
  5. Improves Flexibility and Balance
  6. Promotes Healthy Eating Habits

Just because I love pictures that describe things, here is a picture of the benefits of yoga I found on Pinterest!

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Here is a great vinyasa flow that any level can do! What are your favourite yoga poses?

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Namaste Yogis

xoxo

Spirit, Mind, Body

With the new year, everyone is making resolutions and goals for a better me. My school teaches the philosophy of spirit, mind, and body as the pillars to an overall healthy individual. Wellness and health are important parts becoming the best version of you! Whether it’s physically, socially, or mentally, it all makes up your health. I wanted to share some ways to help you work on wellness this new year!

blog-lily-pulitzer-hero.jpgDrink more water Okay guys, I’m really good at this one in the summer but at school I tend to forget this one. Water is so important for a healthy body. It helps with nearly all of the body’s functions, especially the kidneys. Water helps flush the body of toxins as well as regulates the digestive system. I try to drink around 100oz+ a day. I use the Lilly Swell Water Bottle to help me with my water intake. Here is an article I found with more benefits of drinking water!

Take the stairs My goal each day is to take at least 10,000 steps. By opting to take the stairs instead of elevator can help increase your step intake as well as be much faster. You can also park farther away when going to the store, take the longer route to class and walk during your lunch break! Here is some creative ways to increase your steps!

Meatless Mondays Being a vegetarian, this one doesn’t really apply to me. But, I know so many people who are trying to make the switch. It can be difficult, but by designating oneimages.jpg day a week to no meat can slowly ease you into the lifestyle. There are so many benefits to following a plant-based diet, you can check them out here!

Exercise 10 minutes or 50, it is better than no exercise at all! I know how hard it can be to get exercise in with busy schedules but, it is so important! I try to make sure I have it scheduled in for at least 20 minutes a day. Not only do I feel better about myself but It is a destressor for me. This can be hitting the gym, taking a walk or even just finding some open space. Some of my favourite ways to exercise are pilates, yoga, biking, and cardio kickboxing. Here are some body weight exercises you can do anywhere!

Mindfulness Being present in the moment is so important to be an overall healthy individual. Sometimes we get very wrapped up in everything going on we forget to be in the present moment. Meditation is a great way to be in the present moment. I like to meditate before bed, as it helps relax and clear the mind. Here is a quick meditation to get you started!

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Sleep I am somebody who doesn’t function properly unless I have at least 8 hours of sleep at night. Sometimes that is hard to meet when you have a very busy college schedule. This semester my goal is to aim for at least 7-9 hours a night. Having a sleep schedule has always been difficult for me, I’ll take any chance to sleep in that I can get. This semester my classes all start at 9:30 am so I can try and enforce a sleep schedule more. Here are some tips I found that help to get better sleep!

 

 

Cheers to year full of health and wellness! Let me know your favourite ways to maintain your health!

xoxo