With March’s intention beginning tomorrow, I wanted to send out some resources and tips before our journey begins.
Yoga is the connection of breathing and movement and the mindful, inward attention. I challenge you to begin your practice with 1 hour a week. You will see the benefits of your practice within that first week, and you will start to naturally add on to your practice looking forward to your time on the mat. You do not need to be an expert or have had the experience of yoga classes prior to beginning this intention. You just need to have an open mind to practice every single day for the next 31 days.
Throughout this month I will refer to a few essential items that will be getting me through my intention.
- Wanderlust by Jeff Krasno- This book provides the yogi/yogini with a unique way of understanding the practice of yoga. With instructional ideas, music playlists, recipes, healthy food options, beautiful art/photos, and thought provoking ideas I can’t wait to dive in.
2. My mat, laptop, phone– I plan on my practice being done at home, for the most part. I may venture out and take a summits yoga class every now and then. But my phone- My Aaptive app will be guiding a lot of my practices. (Cost/month is 9.99 or a year for 59.99) Worth the cost, if you are looking for a year of coaching workouts, meditations, and guidance. along with youtube videos
3. YouTube videos– As I am practicing at home, I plan on using some yoga videos that have great reviews, a lot of followers, and some ‘down to earth’ blog posts.
yogabycandance – her website will give you options for your 30 day challenge, healthy recipes, a great blog, and a modern way of looking at yoga.
Yogawithadrienne- this is very similar to the previous link, but she also has an app that can be downloaded (recommended by a friend)- the reviews show that this may be best for beginner yogis.
Both of these yoginis have great YouTube videos.
4. Yoga Dice – I purchased these on a whim, but I am so glad I did. Each block focuses on a different chakra, and as you shake and dump the wooden cubes out they generate a variety of yoga practices for practitioners of all levels. ($15.00 on amazon)
This month, my intention is not on how YOGA makes me look but, rather, how YOGA makes me feel. Rachel Scott has a great blog about what yoga can do for you internally, and I recommend this become your mindset for the practice this month.
I also encourage you to dedicate 10 minutes a day for the first week and then start adding on time as you start becoming more comfortable. I have also been to a lot of classes where the music can make or break a class. If you don’t need to ‘hear’ the yoga cues, go ahead and blast your own music.
The most important part of our practice is consistency, BREATHING into the movements, and being nonjudgmental for 31 days. Progress, NOT perfection.
Lean in to the practice. It may be boring, it may even be difficult, BUT lean in to that discomfort because it is all about mental self-care. There are so many benefits to a consistent yoga practice. Go ahead and lean in.