Are you looking to get into Vinyasa (flow) yoga? Are you interested in incorporating mindful movement at home? Have you tried and failed?
I totally understand. Our bodies need variety, challenge, and rest. And our mind needs motivation and reward to keep coming back.
That's why my team has 7 FREE days to help get you started. Practice Yoga, workout, and try on mindfulness practices with an instructor that is working right alongside you. And all of us are real-deal teachers that work day in and day out with clients like you. So it will feel warm, friendly, knowledgeable. and like you have your personal yoga and fitness instructor in your own living room... because you sort of will!
What you MUST know before you get started ...
1. There's no shame in your modification game!
So many people think taking a reduced version of an exercise or a modified version of a yoga pose is like wearing a Scarlet W for Weak. FALSE! Modifications are some of the strongest things you can do - why? Not only are you telling your ego to back off for a bit (hello mental fortitude!) but you are also committed to a path that invites a more regular routine. When we are open to understanding how our body is responding, on a daily basis, and adapting our practice to accommodate that observation we are less likely to end up burnt out or injured.
2. Variety really IS the spice of life (and fitness)
When it comes to keep our bodies feeling good on a daily basis we can't do the same thing everyday. So even if you love, love, love your Vinyasa practice (I get it, me too!) your body will super-duper thank you if you incorporate a day or two of strength training, and a day of gentle walking and releasing exercises to complement your routine.
3. Build Your Cross-Training Around What You Love!
I typically tell people to prioritize the type of movement they love with 2-3 days per week, and then support it with 1-2 days of the other stuff. If your yoga practice is vigorous you may only need to add 1 additional day of cardio per week.
If you love yoga but want to cross-train around it your weekly program might look like this:
Monday / Wednesday / Friday : 30-40 Minutes Yoga Flow + 10 Minute Meditation & Breathwork
Tues / Thurs : 30-40 Minutes Stability & Strength Training
Saturday : 40-50 Minutes of your favorite cardio
Sunday : Reset
If you want two rest days per week, substitute one of your flow classes for a yin or restorative class! And remember that unless you are recovering from illness or injury a "reset" day does not have to mean no movement at all. I like to use my reset days for long walks and leisurely activities.
3. Motivation Sometimes Happens AFTER You Begin
I have always been intrinsically motivated to move my body - I simply love it. But in working with more and more clients I know that this is not the case for everyone and also that for some people seasons of life and life events have dramatically change their outlook with movement. So I had to adapt my assumptions about motivation.
... and THIS realization came as a huge surprise to me but being motivated is absolutely NOT a requirement to get started. In fact very often motivation starts to creep in after you have begun.
So if you are not motivated right now, don't beat yourself up. And also, don't let that stop you. Just start! And pretty soon you will feel those endorphins pumping and the motivation you are looking for will arrive!
Body. Mind. Spirit.
Hi there! You found me. My name is Julia Marie Lopez. For 22 years I have studied meditation and mindful movement as my primary tools for healing. For the past 13 years I have worked as an instructor, a wellness business owner, the Founder of Practice Everywhere, and now I am embarking on a new adventure to expand how we define our Personal and Public Practices.
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