30 minute yoga

Here’s the thing about yoga

Originally posted by kundalini427

I’ve been doing yoga for a little under a month now, and my general fitness and flexibility has improved so much already

At the start I could barely hold downward dog for twenty seconds, now I’m practically begging to get into it as release after a thirty second plank

I’m still (BMI speaking) obese, yet yoga at home is helping me improve my fitness and tone my body in ways that going to the gym just can’t

I honestly recommend yoga to anyone

You don’t have to be into the spiritual side of it, the health benefits are so great regardless

I’d recommend this twenty minute beginners video if you’ve never tried it before. Keep coming back to that video until it’s easy - you don’t need blocks or resistance bands, you don’t even necessarily need a mat, just 20 minutes and enough space to comfortably move (a front room or bedroom is perfect)

Once that video is easy, you can comfortably hold all the poses without needing breaks, you can move onto the 30 day yoga challenge - linked to Day One

Granted, I’m still a newbie when it comes to yoga, and fitness in general, but this is a fun, relatively easy, and most of all free way to get in shape and feel healthy

I love it, and I hope y’all do too

#NoFearFriday

7 Reasons Why You Need To Try Yoga

In the spirit of No Fear Friday, let’s talk about trying something new - yoga! Here are some of the benefits practicing yogis experience both on and off their mats:

1. Yoga brain. Yoga is a great way to destress, moving into the body in this way leads to what some refer to as “yoga brain” which is an intense feeling of calm & relaxation that follows us for hours after our session.

2. Increased flexibility. Being flexible leads to better posture and the ability to perform better athletically, it can also make sex more enjoyable. Flexibility is important for our muscles because it allows nutrients to enter the tissues and let toxins out with ease.

3. Increased muscle strength and tone. Fad diets and supplements are always raving on about how they can help us to lose weight, get strong and tone up; well here’s something that won’t fail and doesn’t have any dangerous side effects - practicing yoga regularly.

4. Improved vitality. Yoga is all about the breath and moving into the body - the breath is the life force energy and when we concentrate on conscious breathing we can feel the energy inside us rise up. A regular yoga practice can reverse conditions like chronic fatigue - if accompanied by good nutrition.

5. Balanced metabolism. The movement of the body flowing from one pose to another helps to boost our metabolism which burns calories. An essential component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is burning more calories than we put into our bodies.

6. Heart health. Yoga is considered moderate exercise and just 30 minutes of yoga a day can protect our hearts from diseases like heart disease and COPD. 

7. Protection from injury. Moving into the body and stretching regularly prevents injuries because we are not sitting stagnant which causes joints and muscles to become stiff and tight - which makes them more prone to injury.

Yoga is not for the flexible, it’s for the willing.

Peace & positive vibes.

It’s Monday. Reminders as you start your week, my loves.

- Take 5 minutes and sit somewhere quiet. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply.
- Stretch. It’s good for your body and mind. This can be a 30 minute yoga session, or a simple 30 second roll-your-neck kind of stretch. 
- Take a walk outside. Look at the leaves. Appreciate the cute houses. Appreciate the cracks in the sidewalk. Look at the sky.
- Drink water. It’s okay of you can’t make your 6-8 glasses a day. Just do what you can.
- Veggies and fruits are your friend.
- Don’t feel guilty if you didn’t exercise this weekend, or if you ate garbage. That’s alright. It’s a new day. And we all deserve to indulge on occasion.
- Money is just money. You can’t take it with you. Be responsible with it, but spend it on that little thing that catches your eye on occasion.
- Most importantly: we all feel lost and inadequate at one time or another. These feelings are fluid, and you are not alone. They will pass. They will rise and fall like hills and valleys. But you are important, and unique, and I LOVE THE HECK OUT OF YOU.

Originally posted by andthensuddenlycats

Sometimes being productive in the morning can be very difficult, so here are some tips on how to boost your productivity and stop procrastinating in the morning!

1. Get plenty of sleep-try to get at least 7-9 hours sleep at night so that you actually feel awake and willing to get up in the morning!

2. Change out of your pyjamas-although they are so comfy, keeping your PJ’s on is more likely to make you feel sleepy and want to go back to bed. You can still stay comfortable by putting on workout clothes or yoga pants.

3. Drink a glass of cold water-it’s honestly so refreshing in the morning. Keep a bottle or glass beside your bed.

4. Exercise-anything from 30 minutes of yoga to a walk to the park. You don’t need to go to the gym, but any form of exercise gets the blood pumping round your body, leaving you wide awake and ready to be productive.

5. Lay out everything you need the night before-this includes the clothes your going to wear, work you want to do and anything else you might need. Because it is already laid out you’ll feel less need to procrastinate.

6. Plan your time effectively-making a schedule for the day or using a planner/ bullet journal is great as you can allocate time slots for each task you have to do and it is extremely satisfying to tick things off. It also gives you a structure to stick to, meaning that you will know what you are doing at all times. Just remember to give yourself breaks!

7. Bye bye electronics-make sure to switch off all electronics you won’t be needing and put them in another room. You can even get someone to hide your phone from you if you think you’ll be tempted!

8. Download “Forest” app-I just downloaded this app recently and it’s amazing! It allows you to plant a tree and this tree will grow if you don’t use your phone. It’s super satisfying and really boosts my productivity, especially in the morning!

9. Eat a healthy breakfast-don’t skip breakfast, make sure that you eat something nutritious and filling, as this will make your brain more switched on and alert. I’m going to make a post soon about healthy breakfast ideas, so stay tuned for that. Some include: oatmeal, berries, bananas, smoothies, wholemeal pancakes, yoghurt.

10. Switch up your location-working/studying can be much more fun if you get out of the house sometimes. Try going to a coffee shop, library or a park if it’s a nice day. You’ll be more likely to want to wake up if you’re going out somewhere. ( I’m also going to be making a post soon about study locations, so stay tuned for that as well!)

hope this helps!

No gym this morning, but still need to stretch with 30 minutes of yoga. That is the reason for yoga pants right.

Brett always likes to watch me stretch, he always smiles.

I did not know he took this till he showed me and said we should post.

Unfortunately we both have a schedule today, so we had no time for anything more then him watching this morning. We will count this as foreplay till tonight.

Free online Power, Vinyasa, Hatha & Restorative Yoga Videos

Now you can get your practice on anytime! Try one right now!

Power:

Vinyasa: 

Hatha:

Restorative: 

What is the difference between Restorative, Hatha, Vinyasa & Power?

What is the Difference Between a Yoga Routine & a Yoga Practice?

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Power:

a guide to ineffectively dealing with your AoS-related trauma

1. okay, the first step is acknowledging you have a problem.
2. rewatch some scenes just to really lean into your pain.
3. curl up on the couch in a fetal position.
4. don’t worry about the cleaning today; it’s not worth it.
5. eat all the junk food.
6. maybe you should get drunk?
7. remember that you live in a country where you can’t just buy alcohol at a store and also a beer is $12.
8. eat some more junk food instead.
9. 30 minutes of yoga!
10. how can you spend 30 minutes of yoga obsessing over Leopold Fitz thinking he’s a bad person?
11. maybe you should watch some of your favorite Fitzsimmons music videos.
12. hoe don’t do it.
13. hoe you did it.
14. you brought this on yourself. YOU DIDN’T EVEN WATCH HAPPY MUSIC VIDEOS.
15. writing fanfic is really cathartic! *open new word document*
16. “AHHHHHHHHHHH NGJDSNGJKFSNFKJ EO EENJKV EVERYTHING HURTS AND I’M DYING”
17. maybe don’t save changes when you close that word document.
18. god this junk food is so addicting.
19. ponder your own mortality.
20. send husband out for more junk food.

Yoga Workouts

Get sweaty and toned at home with these Power Yoga Workouts:

My Typical Meditation Session:

  1. Clear my meditation space of clutter.
  2. Cleanse hands, face and feet.
  3. Light candle.
  4. Light incense coal and sandalwood powder.
  5. Strike singing bowl for a long energy cleansing tone.
  6. Perform the salute to the sun (surya namaskar) postures.
  7. Perform “cobra” (bhujangasana) to stretch back muscles.
  8. Sit in half lotus (ardha padmasana) with prayer beads (mala).
  9. Strike singing bowl for long mindfulness tone..
  10. Do Pranayama exercises starting with “breath of fire” (agni prasanna) for clarity, “alternate nose breathing” (anuloma viloma) for calmness.
  11. Strike singing bowl to begin concentration practice using the mantra of compassion “Om Mani Padme Hum” counting on the mala for 108 repetitions or more depending on time. Holding the mala in one hand and the mudra of compassion with the other and practicing three part yogic breathing.
  12. Strike singing bowl for short tone and begin contemplation practice. Using my focused mind I focus on an idea or question. Sometimes I use an object like a tarot card, a flower, a crystal or a stone and focus on it in mindful contemplation.
  13. Meditate on gratitude for my many blessings. Bless and thank my ancestors by saying their names.
  14. Strike singing bowl again to conclude session. Chant the “Om” 27 times.
  15. Perform “cobra” (bhujangasana) to stretch back muscles.
  16. Lay in “corpse” (savasana) position to relax and cool down.

Finished!  Total time: 30 to 45 minutes.

Day 1: Meal Plan

It’s been a long challenge, I’ve always liked ot relax on Sundays, but for the first time, I got it all done!! I created meals for the entire family for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it’s done!!  Here’s the rundown for tomorrow:

Breakfast: Blueberry Oatmeal Bake - 6:30 A.M.
Lunch: Copycat Panera Fuji Apple Salad with grilled chicken and an Apple Balsamic Dressing with fresh watermelon for dessert
Dinner: Homemade foil packs with chicken, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, and onions with reduced fat cheddar cheese. 

Exercise Plan: Walk up the steep hill by my house to gauge how much time it takes and 30 minute yoga session with sister. 

anonymous asked:

what are some basic yoga poses to try? Also what's your favourite one? Have a wonderful day!! xxx

Hi lovely, and thank you!

Here’s some Yoga videos:

For Beginner Yogis:

For Intermediate Yogis:

For Advanced Yogis:

For Everyone:

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Grounding Into Gratitude || 30-Minute Root Chakra Yoga Sequence

Yoga With Adriene writes:

This yoga practice guides you through a series of poses to balance the Root Chakra and cultivate grounding with gratitude. When the root chakra, or Muladhara, is out of balance a person can feel anxious, uneasy, fearful, worried and stressed. This can lead to low energy and low immunity and an overall sense of instability. Use the tools of yoga to strengthen and balance to the root chakra, the foundation of all the other chakras. Cultivate self love, stability, and sense of security. You are worthy and deserving. Remind yourself, you are awesome and you are supported!

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30-Minute Sequence || Yoga For Back Pain

Yoga With Adriene writes:

With so many requests for back relief and an over-arching need for self care and SUPPORT - I made this practice to help! Use the tools of yoga to heal your body and find support in the every day. Connect with your breath and practice going with the flow. It will change your life.

Don’t miss these other related yoga for back pain videos:

Yoga For Your Back:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLQsM…

Yoga for Lower Back Pain:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeXz8…

Yoga for Upper Back Pain:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6zJk…

Here it is! 

My fitness routine of 2014! I’m sticking with this routine the entire year to get in shape before August! I can’t wait to take every one of you on this journey with me!

Monday:

  • Yoga and meditation for 20 minutes
  • Running for 1 hour
  • Squats 

Tuesday:

  • Weight lifting/Burpees/Planks
  • Running for 1 hour
  • Blogilates

Wednesday:

  • Yoga for 20 minutes
  • 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels
  • 30 minute run

Thursday:

  • Yoga for 20 minutes
  • Running for 1 hour
  • Weight lifting/Burpees/Planks

Friday:

  • 45 minute run
  • 30 minute yoga/meditation
  • Squats

Weekends are optional, as I usually do my homework or have plans. I will probably do a minimum of a blogilates video each morning. I try to take breaks in between! If I want, I’ll increase this through the year. My diet is going to consist of vegetables, fruit, lean meat, and nothing but water! it is nice to indulge, and I won’t deprive myself of that at all, but getting in shape is the goal. Hopefully this will inspire you too!

Yoga for Flexibility
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30 Minute Power Yoga | Warrior Strength Level 2 (via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAZpoDKx9mc)