I am becoming A yogi

5 reason why all moms should too

Exercise has always been a part of my life but I hate admitting that it never stuck around for long. Though I hold records for my high school in track and ran in college, I never really was a runner. Not the kind you think of when you think of runners. Working out for me has been come and go and never really stuck. Due to the different sports I did when younger, I have quite a few muscle and joint pains…not to mention that bouncing around is hard on my chest (yes I said it DD-DDD are not fun to run with).

In my adult life the main reason for exercise has been my looks. I wanted to lose weight, tone up, reduce my bust size…Sadly, I was never really able to stick with it. Even during my time as a Beachbody coach I really struggled with consistency, which caused a lot of guilt on my part. I felt like a fraud.

Recently I have been struggling with very bad neck pain. It has been so bad that I have been waking up with terrible tension headaches. I totally believe people when they say you turn 30 and your body suddenly gets old but I don’t what that to become my reality. So, my focus has shifted from how I look to how I feel. My body is showing me that I am asking too much of it and not getting enough back.

A while back I started a journey to self love. Putting myself first is a huge part of that and yoga fits right into my journey. It forces me to slow down and care for my body but also gives me quiet time to meditate and focus my intentions for the day.

I did something I swore I would never do, I canceled my Beachbody On Demand account. Even after I stopped being a coach I loved having access to all of the at home workouts. Being the introvert that I am, dragging my kids to a gym sounds like WAY TOO MUCH work. Instead I went to YouTube and found an awesome yoga workout Today I am on day two and I woke up this morning for the first time in over a week without a headache.

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5 Reasons why you should do Yoga

First off, I will say yoga is unlike any other workout I have done. It is a very personal practice and your reason for starting can be personal as well. It is not something that is achieved overnight and there is always room to grow.

1.Yoga Relieves Pain

There are so many different types of yoga out there. Depending on your level of pain, watch YoutTube, go to a Studio, or work one on one with someone. You will be amazed at the outcome. As a mom, I don’t have time to be in pain and I am sure you don’t either. If some yoga at home, or at the gym helps relieve your pain, then trust me, its worth it.

2. Yoga Relieves Stress

No matter your lifestyle, you can always benefit from slowing down, more oxygen (deep breathing), and endorphins. Today I found myself surrounded by two kids and a puppy that insisted on laying on my lap, yet I was still about to relax and relieve some of the stress I was holding.

DOUBLE BONUS

The American Psychological Association reports that 25% of all Americans suffer from high levels of stress while another 50% say they experience moderate chronic stress levels. When you combine emotional and physical stress with an aching neck or shoulder, you can wind up with chronic irritability, fatigue and even depression.

3. Yoga Combats Mom Brain

If you are anything life me, mom brain is so real! According to Runer’s World Exercise (Yoga in particular) may help boost brain function and improve reaction time postworkout. Even if you are not a mom yet, you can still benefit from some yoga poses.

4. Yoga Is A Good Workout

You don’t have to run 5 miles or lift weights at the gym to get in a good workout. Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, gain strength, and even lose some excess fat. Not all yoga is created equal, so be sure to find a class or video that specializes in what you are needing. Don’t be afraid to start slow and work up some some awesome power yoga or advanced poses.

5. Yoga Makes You Happy

Happy people don’t loose their cool with their kids…well at least they are less likely too. Studies suggest that yoga has a greater positive effect on the mood and anxiety levels than¬† other forms of exercise.

There ya have it! There are so many more reasons why you should give yoga a try. Find the right yoga for you if you want to stick with it. If you severely lack flexibility, don’t go to an advanced yoga class. You are more likely to push yourself too hard and not see the benefits. YouTube has some amazing video sequences, Beachbody On Demand offers a great 3 week beginner program, or look at your local gym or studio. Your body will thank you. I have found that yoga helps me to be a better mom and gives me some time to myself to really focus on my day.

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