Thursday, February 12, 2015

Morning Yoga




In these long days of winter, getting my daily walk in, is not easy. Either the temperatures are too cold to face or the roads are too icy to safely walk on. Not to mention, my favorite walking paths are covered with snow too deep to navigate and I won't see them again until the spring thaw. I still get out when I can, but it's not consistent enough.
My morning yoga sessions have been a wonderful way to keep moving and give me a great attitude the rest of the day. Usually about mid morning, I spread my new, cushiony yoga mat on my floor, light a few candles for atmosphere, if the day is gloomy and get started. I use a DVD I purchased on Amazon last year and still love it. There are choices of different yoga practices; some longer than others, so there is a variety. The instructor's voice and the music in the background are very soothing. And, holding the yoga poses is a great way to get that weight bearing exercise we all need.
For me though, it's not so much about the exercise of my body, but the release of stressful thoughts. You may start a yoga routine tense, but usually by the end, you are thinking of nothing but your breathing and the act of doing the pose correctly and fluidly. It really is the best thing for mind, body and spirit.
Happy Thursday!

8 comments:

  1. I have that video and use it a lot!

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  2. weight bearing exercise... stress relief... sounds perfect....

    thank you for the link, to videos...

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  3. I haven't tried yoga...but I love doing my Qi Gong Routines - here's one I do...http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-detail.asp?video=30

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  4. How nice that you have found such a great way to de-stress!!

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  5. I can't walk in the cold and need to find another way to exercise. I can't do regular yoga because of my knee replacements, but I think I may try chair yoga. xo Laura

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  6. This sounds like what I've been looking for....I need to start doing something to exercise and de-stress....yoga might be what I'm looking for! I was wondering how difficult it is to follow the DVD if you've never done yoga before. I would also love to hear what any of you do to keep fit and de-stressed....

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  7. Missing my walks too - but it's so darn cold out there these last few days!! Yoga has always been part of my fitness routine. Can't wait to get back to it after they fix my back in March.

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  8. I love yoga. In addition to all the benefits you mentioned, I find I sleep so much better when I do regular yoga sessions.

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