Today’s pose is Mountain pose. I really enjoy this one because it is simple to do yet so much goes into it. I have a tendency to want to lift my shoulders on this one! Gus even tried to get in on the yoga practice! This pose is a great stretch in the morning when you first get up. It stretches your entire body.
The past few months I have been going to yoga on a weekly basis. I go to yoga weekly in order to tame my stresses, relax my mind and body mid-week and work on my flexibility. Once a week doesn’t feel like enough to get me to the stage I want to be at with my yoga practice so I decided to create a challenge for myself. I will still attend my weekly yoga class as usual but I will practice my yoga every single day of July and work on mastering these poses below. I challenge myself because I always say I am going to practice yoga at home then I don’t ever do it. For this challenge to be successful, I had to dedicate a room in my house where I can lay my mat down, turn the lights off, light some candles and go through my practice in peace. (No dogs or husbands allowed!) It will be a room for myself to focus on my practice and achieve this monthly yoga challenge goal!
Pose Challenge courtesy of SkinnyMom.com
Today is the 1st day of July so I will be starting with Mountain Pose. Since I have class tonight, I will post a picture afterwards!
What are you challenging yourself with this month? Will it be a fitness challenge or maybe a writing challenge? Share with us!
For 19 years and during all of my childhood, I danced. I took ballet classes, jazz classes and hip hop classes. I kept myself healthy and in shape by doing this 4-5 times a week until I got into college. It was hard to balance exercise with my full-time college course load and part time job. I put exercising on the back burner until this year when I decided it was time I get back into something that would keep me healthy and happy. (It was also recommended by my doctor who saw how stressed out I was.) I was never a gym person so I knew a gym membership was NOT the route for me. Nor was running with my bad dancer’s knees. I got in touch with a friend from high school who moved to Jacksonville for work and we decided to get our butts into yoga.
I love the way yoga challenges my stretching. Each class I challenge myself to complete successful yoga flow through my breathing. (I have to admit, my breathing needs some work but you have to start somewhere!) After 1-2 classes per week for the last month I can say I am pretty hooked! Yoga has helped me calm myself down if I am feeling stressed just simply by breathing and it’s a heck of a workout! With yoga, I am able to focus on my physical health as well as my mental health.
What is your favorite form of exercise?
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