1. Yoga is not a religion. Because of where yoga came from and who practices it, some people think that it is a religion. But yoga is a way of life, a type of exercise, not a religion. Yoga is all about moving your body, finding out who you are, not who the world says you should be.
2. Yoga is not a “push until you drop” practice. Child’s pose has an important purpose. Use it. If you cannot keep your Ujjayi breath steady and on point, it is time to drop to Child’s pose and regain your breathing and composure. If you are not breathing correctly, the yoga is not going to do what you need it to. It is okay to drop and meditate and get back on track.
3. I did not lose weight the first month. I was so frustrated. Thankfully I did not join to just lose weight. I started to get my life back from cancer, as a recovery, so I kept going. The second month I lost barely anything, but the third month I dropped 15 pounds. My theory is that those first two months I was developing so much muscle and muscle weighs more than fat. It is working, keep going! After 6 months of yoga practice I lost 30 pounds. Don’t stop. Get rid of the scale for the first few months.
4. Get a good mat. I used to doubt there is much difference in the mats. I was dead wrong. It completely changes your practice to have a mat that is thick and comfortable but most of all grips well. I believe a great mat is worth the extra money. I can be dripping with sweat and I still don’t budge from my poses. Get the mat. Pay the money. You won’t be sorry.
5. No one is watching you. Seriously, I used to be so paranoid about how I looked with my gut hanging out, etc. Once you really get involved in yoga you realize it is just you and your mat. Say hi to your neighbors when you get there, and then forget about them until the practice is over. Everyone else is in the same position. Do you have time to watch others? Not really. Close your eyes and dive in. It is just you and your mat. Stop worrying about others. The same goes in life.
6. When you wake up “too sore” to go to yoga, go anyway. One of the best things you can do for your soreness is stretch it out. You will learn to crave that soreness. The more you stretch, the faster it goes away.
7. Always practice on an empty stomach. A light, healthy snack may be good before cardio, but this is not the case in yoga. You are bending and activating the core so much, you want to come to class with an empty stomach and an open mind. There is plenty of time for an amazing post-workout meal. You don’t want your breakfast to end up on your mat. Bring water, that is all you need.
8. Take pictures. I know a lot of you will never post any, and that is totally fine. I have found that when I am down on my practice or get discouraged, I look at old pictures and compare with current ones. It will shock you how far you’ve come so quickly. Getting involved in yoga challenges is great because you take pictures of the poses and meet other yogis. Even if you are not a social bee, take the pictures, you will be glad you did. I love laughing at old failures and celebrating new victories.
9. That moment when you are stretching, it is painful, and you want to give up and get out of the pose, give it one more full Ujjayi breath, breathing into where the pain is. Try to surrender. If you can get past this and just surrender, the pain stops. It is a mind over matter game. Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose, but if you can push past that initial panic and use your breath to calm yourself down, that is when you can truly progress. That pain is just you fighting. Surrender.
10. Have fun. This is your journey. It is never over. How exciting that each day it is like we are born again. We get to try all over again with some victories and some failures that we learn from. Treasure your yoga. It is a gift.
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Professional mermaid Katrin Felton shows you some of her mermaid exercises to become a better mermaid. If you practice this mermaid erxercises regularly you will be able to hold your breath for a longer time. Mermaid exercises are also good for your inner body balance. To improve your skills as a mermaid start your mermaid exercises today.
Focusing on the breath is one of the most common and fundamental techniques for accessing the meditative state. Breath is a deep rhythm of the body that connects us intimately with the world around us.
Below you will find five different breathing exercises. It is important to be aware of your breathing, and be able to switch in to abdominal breathing for all of them. Become comfortable with “Basic Natural Breathing” first before moving onto the other more advanced breathing exercises. Please remember that even though the exercises can be learned very quickly, it may take months of practice to see the effects of practicing them.
Basic Natural Breathing
Make use of this simple breathing exercise before grounding and centering, meditation, more advanced breathing exercises (below) or other activities where you need to feel relaxed.
Sit, stand or lie comfortably with your back straight. Slouching inhibits your ability to breathe.
Name anything that is worrying you.
Allow these thoughts to remain for only a few seconds, then let them go.
Relax your arms and shoulders and place one hand on your belly.
Slowly exhale through your nose, releasing all the air without straining.
Take a deep inhale, filling first your abdomen, then your chest.
Continue to exhale and inhale in this way, remaining conscious of each breath until your breathing is steady and feels natural.
Whenever you find your attention wandering away from your breath, gently pull it back to the rising and falling of the breath.
Gradually, you will become less aware of your breathing and you will become more centered inward.
Somewhere behind you, you could hear Sam yelling your name, pleading with you to stop.
“–near him when he’s like this,” he was saying, but you kept your eyes on Dean. You were so close now, and forced yourself not to focus on the murder in his eyes, the frightening and scorched red light looking like poison in his arm. Instead, you reached for his hand, twining your fingers tightly around his.
“Dean? Hey, it’s Y/N,” you said firmly. He held the first blade in his other hand, his knuckles white. And Sam was almost to you now, about to pull you away from his brother, when Dean’s eyes finally slid away from that middle distance he’d been looking into. He blinked twice, let his eyes refocus on you in front of him.
“You’re ok,” you told him with a nod, though the words were just as much for you. He let out a breath and you watched his whole body relax the smallest bit. The blade fell to the floor and he reached, almost desperately, for you with his now-free hand.
You let him pull you to him, enfolding you to his chest, and you stood there together as he came down from wherever it was the Mark had taken him.