As a small motivation for the beginning of a new day, I’d like to share something I’ve encountered (yet again..) about two weeks ago during my trip to Amsterdam. I took a (GREAT!) Vinyasa evening yoga class with Chantal Soeters at “Delight Yoga”
It was the day I’ve arrived in Amsterdam and I was actually tired and didn’t feel like my most fit self. However, I (luckily) still decided to go to the yoga class and at the end didn’t regret it at all.
Tomorrow is the start of a new month AND the meteorological beginning of spring! So, after February’s “Green Smoothie” and “Plank” challenges, I noticed that I ran out of breath very often, thinking about too many things I have to do besides holding the planks and preparing the smoothies. I even caught a cold and had to take a break from both challenges.
Have you ever been in a situation in which you had to stop for a minute and ask yourself if what you’re doing (or going to do) is REALLY what YOU want to do?
Do you want to get rid of your winter fluff or get toned again, but you don’t have time to go to the gym very often?
Here’s my TOP 7 of my favorite home workout DVD’s that help me stay in shape without a gym:
~A beautiful metaphor and reminder~
The Cracked Pot
A water bearer had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house.
Are you using the same mat when practicing yoga and Pilates?
Have you had (back) pain while doing some Pilates exercises like “the 100” or simply felt uncomfortable or had trouble keeping your neutral spine?
Maybe you’ve used the wrong mat!
What many people don’t know (including me in the past): There’s a difference between a yoga and Pilates mat:
Yoga and Healing Research
Have you ever wondered why Yoga is getting such an increased attention from scientists?
Yoga is not only a great way to stay in shape, focused, and happy, researchers also found that it has therapeutic benefits for healing diseases like heart failure, anxiety, panic attacks, cancer, infertility, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, pain … etc.
Have you read “Don’t sweat the small stuff … and it’s all small stuff” by Richard Carlson? It’s a book with 100 great tips on how to simplify and de-stress your life. I absolutely love this book! Richard Carlson’s way to write is easy to understand and practical because he uses little stories and examples that many of us can identify with.
It helped me stay focused, optimistic, grateful, and taught me to prioritize and to put things into perspective again. Definitelyworth reading!
Do you have a resistance band at home? If not, you can get it at every store that sells sports equipment, and even some grocery stores sell those bands nowadays.
So many people don’t even know that a resistance band can help you build strength and endurance easily, aaaand it’s fun! You can do it while watching TV or even disguised in a game with your loved ones.
Here are 4 great, beneficial, and easy beginner moves to try with a resistance band:
Stay yogilated 🙂
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