It’s hard to get your namaste yoga on sometimes.
You worked late, you’ve been a Netflix junkie, you probably ate something super naughty earlier. It’s ok. I understand. I too frequent in the naughty corner for nutrition and slobbing around on a weekend. You may even be suffering some guilt around about now for bailing out on the fitness class you totally intended on going to. *Cue the guilty emoji face. How can I get my namaste yoga on now?
I literally LOVE yoga, love it. But I swear;
Sometimes I too need a nudge to get myself off the couch and back on to my mat!
Your teacher will tell you it has to come from within. Of course, often this is true. However, I’m a firm believer that there are ways you can be gently nudged back in the right direction with some motivational encouragement from the outside.
Look, it’s not the answer to all of your woes.
But maybe, just maybe, this article can whip your behind off the couch that one time, and you’ll do the rest.
So, it’s been a hard week? You want to sleep under the duvet and eat ice cream instead. Yep, I’m familiar with that feeling. It’s like this big comfy energetic blanket wrapping around you telling you it will all get better. Until the skin breaks out a week later, oh and the doomsday feeling of severe bloating sets in!
You lied Ben and Jerry you lied!
It didn’t get better, now I just feel podgy and like my sugar high just crashed down directly on to my head, zapping me of all feelings of motivation.
Then, I feel even less like working out! Screw you junk food!
Well, those short-term highs provided by Ben and Jerry, Brie and Cracker, or maybe our old friend Mr McDonald’s…. are not going to help you get your yoga namaste on.
As painful as it is to accept, these guys don t love you like yoga will.
They want to make you feel like they love you. Like they will always be there for you… But like the no-good partner your friends and family warned you to stop dating, these things DO NOT really love you.
Sucks right? There’s a part of you that just died inside. Hearing that the chocolatey fudgy goodness doesn’t really care for you. No. It really doesn’t.
However, getting your namaste yoga on… is love.
Yoga will come back to you time and time again. It will nourish, motivate, support and evolve you. Yoga will always be there for you. Yoga won’t make you break out and definitely won’t make you podgy.
The other reason you might be refraining from getting your namaste on is that you’re scared of being a newb. My biggest bug bear with some of the yoga studios is the clicky culture with the more advanced yogi’s, it’s not everywhere, but in some places.
For newb’s that can be a little daunting.
My favourite yoga teachers don’t attract that kind of culture. A welcoming environment to all students, catering for each with options and a friendly and chilled welcome. Seek out the class that speaks to you. Don’t just settle or be put off easily by one class with one vibe. All things worth having are worth working for.
So, reasons to NOT go to yoga, we’ve identified two:
- It’s been a hard week, I’m tired
- I’m a newb and feeling awks
However, both have been squashed using the risk vs reward technique. The reward of being too tired but still dragging ourselves to our mat far outweighs the risk of not going and curling up with Ben and Jerrys. Secondly, it’s totally possible you’ll feel totally silly in your very first yoga class. Or it may actually completely suck. But, again, the reward we’ll get is a feeling we can’t compare to anything else. A lifetime of love, learning, physical and emotional benefits vs the risk of looking silly, it’s a no brainer.
So, let’s delve into the 7 Mind-Blowing reasons to get your Namaste Yoga on:
You are far less likely to eat junk by going to yoga
I’m serious! When you go to yoga you kind of don’t feel like eating crap. If it doesn’t encourage you to stop eating crap altogether, it will at least encourage more mindfulness on the matter. You will definitely become more aware of what actually feels good and what doesn’t. Your awareness is heightened after yoga. Here are some more tips on how to eat well when you have a busy life.
You will feel inspired
There’s been a must-do project hidden away in a part of your brain, but it’s preoccupied with stress and to-do lists. Then wham. A yoga session later, and 1000 ideas flood into your mind halfway through your shavasana! Ideas and creativity flow like you’ve just had a triple shot latte, only better. There’s no caffeine come down! It doesn’t matter what style you choose half the time, just get to yoga! I love Ashtanga for a challenge or Yin for a chill sesh.
Deep Healing and Restoration
Whether we realise it or not, stress impacts us long after the redness washed from our faces and the flustered feelings of road rage pass. The body carries stress long after the initial triggers enter our bodies. Yoga gets into the parasympathetic nervous system and enables us to heal. Breathe work and mindfulness can truly accelerate our bodies natural ability to heal and restore.
This word sounds super wishy washy. When I first heard it I kind of shrugged it off and said ‘yeah yeah’ in my mind, whenever it popped up. Mindfulness sounds like a load of old rubbish, but goodness, it could not be further from the truth. Mindfulness is, really, the essence of why we are all here. Being mindful of the things we see, the words we speak, the love we feel, the food we eat. It’s really, a reminder of each experience as our short time on earth whizzes by. The task you didn’t finish, the laundry you haven’t done the argument you had, all fairly irrelevant in the grand scheme. Mindfulness is an effective method of healing. It’s an amazing way to reconnect with who you are and what you are doing here. Nothing teaches mindfulness quite like yoga. Mindfulness is important in your personal and professional life, find out more about professional mindfulness and wellness here.
Apparently, age wasn’t actually defined by years on the planet, according to ancient yoga teachings. But instead, it was defined by flexibility. Makes sense to me. Some people, like that 91-year-old Facebook famous yoga teacher – in no way represents a stereotypical 91-year-old. Comparatively, you can have 25-year old’s who does no exercise and would prefer not to walk anywhere having lost touch with their natural state. A smoker who does no exercise in their 20’s, is actually internally far older than an ultra flexi yogi who eats healthy. In my opinion! The vessel which is carrying you through life is judged by time, rather than its condition. Which is actually kind of backwards when you think about it.
Don’t ask me how. Don’t ask me why. But there’s no getting away from it, yoga brings clarity. A deep sense of understanding and acceptance. We can get clarity without yoga, of course, however, yoga seems to bring you to the destination within your own mind a whole lot faster.
Clearing out baggage
It’s one of those things you can’t see or hear, but you just instinctively know is true. Yoga seems to welcome you to the space of clearing our your internal ‘stuff’ so that you can clear it out. Crazy right? Energetic of emotional blockages can make themselves known so that you can consciously clear them out. Sometimes, I even feel physically lighter after a good yoga class!
So there you have it, 7 epic reasons to get your namaste on. Do now and think later!
Get to your mat, go to the class and enjoy the benefits yoga will bring to your life.
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