Fit Friday|Off the Mat

I fell in love with yoga this year. I tried it about 10 years ago and it wasn’t for me. I was in better shape and while the poses were challenging I went to class thinking cardio was a workout. I didn’t leave feeling the same way I did after a spinning class and so I stopped going. Now I realize that it’s just as much if not more about off the mat than during the session. 

I became interested in yoga about four years ago when I started to go through a transition in my life. I can’t remember what peaked my interest but I started reading about it and that’s how I discovered that yoga is so much more than an expensive class at a gym. I started learning about chakras and mantras and I was fascinated! I loved that I could train my body to do these difficult positions and that I could also train my brain to deal with difficult situations. Yoga was great for my physical health but also for my mental, spiritual and emotional health as well!

I love the way my mind and body connect when I do yoga. I push myself to get myself into these poses, hold them properly to the best of my ability, and for as long as I can. During that time, I’m completely focused on what I’m doing. My mind isn’t wandering, I’m not able to run lists through my head, or engage with my mind’s chatter. Everything within me is focused on learning and doing the poses. For me, yoga is a form of meditation which I love because it’s so much easier for me to get into that meditative state as I move my body. I’m not trying to clear my mind of anything, I’m focusing my mind elsewhere and it clears itself of the clutter. I always end a session feeling physically energized and powerful, mentally recharged, spiritually connected, and emotionally balanced.

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My favorite little yoga partner ❤

 

My youngest who is almost 2 loves doing yoga with me, she’s actually pretty good for such a little person! I can’t help but think how much she’ll benefit by growing up learning these principles from such a young age. From learning gratitude by being aware and connected to her breath and appreciating it, to showing herself she can do things that are challenging, and living each day with intention. I can’t help but wonder what a generation of kids that grow up learning yoga on and off the mat would do. There are more and more facilities and programs teaching yoga to kids. Some schools are even incorporating yoga and meditation into their curriculum. Maybe we’ll be able to see the benefits of a generation raised learning yoga ❤


What are your thoughts on this post? Are you a yoga lover? Has this made you consider giving yoga (another) chance? Have you tried yoga with your kids? What’s your favorite thing about yoga off the mat? Is there a yoga program for kids in your area? I’d love to hear, feel free to share in the comments!

20 thoughts on “Fit Friday|Off the Mat

  1. I love yoga. I started doing hatha yoga it because of a back injury and I was doing it with my kids when they were younger but I stopped because my teacher left and the new one taught kundalini.
    I just got back again. I do it almost everyday but on my own at home.
    My kids are teenagers now and I couldn’t convince them to join me.
    One of my bucket list is to be a yoga trainer. I wish to live in an ashram for a few weeks some day.

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    1. I started taking classes in a small studio in May. That’s what made the difference because of the teacher I had. The schedule changed and it’s hard for me to go to class but I do yoga at home with my little one while my oldest is at school because she’s not as interested to do it in the morning. I love starting my day off with yoga. Have you checked out https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene? Her videos are awesome!

      Those are great goals! Wishing you all you need to make them come true ❤

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  2. I love this post Niki and really relate to it. I found yoga about six years ago but initially dipped in and out of it. But for the past two years I’ve been doing it regularly and it has been amazing for me in many ways. I used to suffer very badly with anxiety and between yoga and meditation, I rarely have bad bouts of it these days. It’s still there, but on a much lower level than it used to be. I think everyone should practice yoga for peace of mind! 🙂 x

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    1. Yes! I was so surprised at how much it helped me in ways I didn’t anticipate! Combine that with a daily dose of gratitude and I’ll bet you’ll find it will be at an all time low! I start each morning watching the sun rise and journaling about the thing I’m most grateful for. I write for half an hour non-stop on that one thing and my heart feels so full after that! It’s a great way to start my day followed by yoga with my munchkin and setting my intention for the day ❤

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    1. Yeah that’s how I felt years ago as well. I’m not as in shape as I used to be so I got into it to ease me back into an exercise routine. Turns out my instructor was awesome and really pushed me to do things I told myself I couldn’t. Have you tried https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene? I really like her videos. She does various variations of the poses and is very engaging. I loved her yoga camp, she has an affirmation for each day which I really like. It’s not a cardio workout because it’s yoga but it gets me moving. Her videos are anywhere between 20 and 45 minutes. Yoga camp is generally 30 minutes a day.

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  3. I have tried yoga once…with a video in my house. It was not as relaxing as it could have been because my little one was annoyed I was not entertaining him haha. I can’t decide how I feel about it. Sometimes I dont like I have the patience…other times I am intrigued to know more. When I am back at the gym I will give it a try and see how I feel :). My little one does love playing with my mat lol

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  4. I love that there is something like this! I have done at home workout videos with the little around and they always seem to climb on, under, or around me. This makes them part of the action!

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    1. My little one loves it! She tries to do the poses, gets all excited that I’m on the floor and climbs on me. I love it! 🙂 Keep having fun with your little ones Momma!

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    1. I’ve never done a live Zumba class, I got the DVDs when they first came out and I loved it! My mom prefers cardio, high intensity, and fast paced workouts. I think I like yoga because of the connection I feel when I do it. Otherwise, I like to go for hikes 🙂 Keep doing what you enjoy, as long as you’re moving that’s important 🙂

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