“Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love”
Lifting off from my last post, where I’d taken my first ever yoga class and started my journey…
I’ve since taken 4 more formal Yoga classes and each week I find that my mind and body is challenged in a completely different way. I’m learning to reach my limit and then try and push just a little more. This week’s class was my most challenging yet, I have really tight hamstrings and there was one particular pose I could not master, I gave it my very best and my kind teacher moved me in to a revised pose based on my limitations. I realised that I was clenching my fists, a sure sign of frustration that my mind and body couldn’t relax enough and that my tight runners leg’s where going to take some months to ease up and work with me.
Sometimes I have to remind myself that the progression of mind and body takes time, I have to remind myself that I wasn’t a natural runner or climber and give myself permission to relax into the pose at the depth that’s right for me.
Whilst I was reading the latest OM Yoga magazine a comment opened up a debate in my head ‘Why yoga over pounding the treadmill at the gym?’. This caught my eye because I so adored spending time in my own little zone on the treadmill or out on the road and it allows me to clear my head and practice something I never imagined I could do, as running felt so unnatural to me initially and I think yoga for me will have a similar journey. I may only be a beginner, yet when I’m on the mat and allow myself to relax, to shut off from the many worries in my world and to be at ease with my body and mind I feel renewed
The very same article mentioned practice and if we practice something over and over again it becomes habit and we become better, I think of my clenched fists during class and know I can over come my own little demons with time, effort and love.
OM Yoga Magazine – On The Move
This month I downloaded the latest ‘OM Yoga Magazine’ on to my phone and tablet, having a version on my phone was really handy as I’ve spent some time on trains and it’s great to be able to zone out and read without having to carry lots of paper around with me. One of the articles that caught my eye was talking about yoga at home, so I’m going to be spending the next flew week’s exploring as many free online yoga video’s as possible and I’ll let you know some of my favourites.
‘Do all things with style and all things with love…’
I’ve fallen head over heels with yoga style, I love the freedom that comes with the perfect form fitting pair of yoga pants and layering a vest over a crop to show off the most beautiful back detailing. I’m a huge fan of anything with an open back and soft touch; I like my fitness clothing to be well cut and made from quality fabrics.
I’m a believer that if you feel you look good, it gives you a confidence in your own skin and with that you can achieve so much more and this applies to life on and of the yoga mat. For example if you dress in a way that implies ‘I can’t be bothered, I’ll do this as a core’ you are more likely to apply the same logic to your workout.
In this month’s OM Yoga Magazine I was introduced to Kismet, a new yoga and fitness clothing brand that looks stylish and is comfortable in and out of the gym.
‘Our company philosophy is deeply grounded in our beliefs of fairness and equality and the power of inspiration and friendship’ – Kismet
All of the pictures in this post are pieces from the début Kismet collection and my personal favourites include:
It gives me great pride to be a ‘Om Yoga Magazine‘ Blogger and if you’d like to read a little more about me and the other Yoga Bloggers you can *here*
Is yoga part of your life? Have you ever tried Yoga before? Is style important to how you feel during your workout?