I’ve been experimenting with yoga and my exercise routine over the past few weeks. Exercise has always been a stress reliever for me, and I’ve always enjoyed a high intensity activity like cardio or weight lifting. I love the CCR (Core, Cardio, Resistance) classes at my local gym and regular sessions with my trainer.
Last year I signed up for a [super affordable] monthly subscription to My Yoga Online [dot] com with the full intention of incorporating a few yoga videos a couple days a week into my weekly exercise routine. Everyone knows how beneficial yoga is and what a stress reliever it can be. And trust me – some of those poses are no joke!
Getting the yoga routine right …
I was off to a great start, but my enthusiasm started to fizzle. I couldn’t focus on my poses because I’d get distracted and I’d start thinking about my to-do list, the scheduled phone calls I had later that afternoon, or the laundry that wasn’t going to fold itself. Pretty soon, I stopped going through the “trouble” of logging into the yoga website, and my stress levels weren’t getting any better.
A couple weeks ago, I noticed myself getting more stressed than usual, and for some reason, I decided to log back into the yoga website. My breath was irregular, my shoulders were tense, and I couldn’t focus on work. I felt this sudden urge to bust out my yoga mat. After all, I was already wearing the yoga pants. :)
I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it another shot, and I’m really glad I did.
If yoga was going to be a stress reliever …
During my practice that day, something clicked inside my brain. I turned off my phone, logged off Facebook, and eliminated all other distractions. That 30 minutes was the best yoga session I’d ever had. I didn’t keep checking the clock to see how much time I had left in the video. I chose to be fully present. I was breathing deeply and enjoying every single Vinyasa flow, savoring every delicious moment. Then it hit me – every time I tried yoga before, my head wasn’t in the right place.
I wanted to be sure this wasn’t a fluke. I started incorporating yoga into my daily routine over the past few weeks, and I’m happy to report it’s quickly become my favorite stress reducer. I’ve enjoyed my new routine because it’s my new sacred time that allows my brain to stop moving and my energy to start flowing.
If you’re a high-energy, always-on-the-move busy lady like me, give it a shot. Start with a quick 15 minute yoga video when you feel yourself unraveling, and be amazed at how much better you feel and how much more productive your day becomes.
Have you tried yoga or do you have another secret stress reliever?