Finding Yoga in Every Day Life…Even My Accessories!

Finding Yoga in Every Day Life…Even My Accessories!
One-of-a-kind earrings and ring by Dance Darling www.DanceDarling.com

Ever since I decided a few months ago to go all-in with yoga and train 200 hours for my teaching certification, I’ve been trying to cultivate a pure love for yoga. You would think that someone who decides to devote a huge CHUNK of their personal savings and time (a year) to focusing on yoga must already really, really love it, but such is not the case. I don’t hate it or anything, but I’m definitely not a hardcore yoga enthusiast…yet.

My interest in yoga has been off and on since I was a little girl, doing meditation and tai chi moves with my mom’s long time boyfriend and taking classes here and there as an adult. I partially blame Beyonce for the latest resurgence in my quest to do yoga. I’ve determined this woman must have
absolutely NO bones in her body and it would really be awesome to be that flexible.

Beyonce’s spinelessness aside, I also want to reap all of the associated health benefits – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Focus and discipline are two things high on my “I’m a work in progress” list, and yoga seems to be helping with those so far. I’m not super duper flexible, which has made my current yoga practice not the most fun, but I’m at the point now where instead of feeling discouraged, I’m choosing to go toward the challenge and do even more yoga. The only way to get better is to practice. So, I’m embracing the yoga of life wherever I find it.

The other day, I was looking at the tile in my shower and I could see yoga poses. The other week, I picked up Essie’s new “Yogaga” nail polish because of the name. Today, I bought the cutest earrings at the African Festival from my girl Stacy of Dance Darling because they looked like people doing yoga poses. I could see lotus, tree pose and forward folds. If nothing else, I can look fly while I’m spending hours every week attempting to learn to look like I know what I’m doing.

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  • I figured once a week because my job was just stress. For that purpose, it is good, but I'm not a contortionist.

    The former health club owner and the yoga instructor there both said they started it for back problems, the owner after carrying around her baby that eventually grew to 275 lbs. So, the "absolutely no bones" rationale didn't apply there.

    The question is how much, as an instructor as opposed to someone like me just trying to get a stretch, you have to engage in the "highly controversial" positions (her term).

  • In reply to jack:

    "How much" is a really good question...for me, I've been using the rule of "just do SOMETHING every day." It's not always a full out practice or a class. Sometimes, I just do three sun salutes and call it a day. I'm definitely not a contortionist, either, but it helps me get the crunchy feeling out of my back when I wake up in the morning. Inevitably, you'll get better/looser the more you practice.

  • Agree those earrings look like in yoga poses. Just for sharing, here are some Yoga Poses Videos from an Olympian (http://e1fit.com/articles/yoga-matters) I found it interesting and easy to follow.

  • In reply to CarlRooney:

    Thanks for sharing this link, Carl!

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