Working the Mind, Body, & Soul

If you know me you know I LOVE to dance. If you know me really well you know i also love to do yoga. If you didn’t know that..well now you do.

I love yoga for so many reasons. In this blog, I’m going to share with you all the reasons why I love it and all the benefits that come with doing yoga.

• Improves the quality of your sleep. I don’t know about you but I love sleeping. I basically nap every moment I can ( SHORT STORY TIME: one time I decided to take a nap around 4pm. Usually, the time I start to get really tired. I woke up from that nap at 8pm, went downstairs and got some water and a snack, then I was in bed and asleep at 9pm…Slept all through the night too. That’s freaking talent.) Although I still have those nights where I’m not tired at all and I just know I’m not going to be tired for a while. So around the time I want to crawl in bed I take out my yoga mat and do a 20-30 minute, low-key yoga sequence. Mostly focusing on breathing, stretching, and engaging and working the core. 

http://www.fitwirr.com/workout/plan/beginners-yoga-asana/

my suggested workout for improving the quality of your sleep 

Improves mental concentration and reduces stress. This is so true. Doing a yoga routine in the morning before anything else really puts you in a good place. If I know I have a busy day that requires a lot of concentration I will wake up early to do yoga. It basically works like magic. After my yoga routine (and my shower…) I feel ready to attack my day and everything I have written in my bullet journal.


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my suggested routines to help with mental concentration. 

stress loves to play a role in my life. along with Jesus and dance, yoga is my secret weapon. When I can’t go to the studio and dance I’ll pull out my yoga mat. Yoga is most definitely a great tool to de-stress.

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my suggested routine for de-stressing 

There are so many more mental benefits that come with doing yoga. Now I want to share with you some of the physical benefits of doing yoga.

Increased core strength. Just think about it. All that balancing in different poses, shifting your weight from one pose to another and not falling down! It’s a lot of work! But it all pays off when you have that healthy and toned core.

http://avocadu.com/free-20-minute-yoga-workout-for-weight-loss/  – this is my favorite yoga routine that I will usually do after this belly sculpting routine (http://skinnyms.com/fat-blasting-belly-sculpting-workout/) It says to give yourself a 30 second break in between each pose but I usually don’t do that. Gives me more of a challenge! 

Increases flexibility. Yoga isn’t just for toning your body. There are plenty of routines that mainly focus on flexibility. I try to include a lot of poses that increase flexibility into my toning routines. 

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http://avocadu.com/20-minute-beginner-yoga-workout-for-flexibility/

my suggested routines for increasing flexibility 

Like I said before, there are so many more benefits that come with yoga. Like, Pain and tension relief, Body detoxification, Improves posture, improves digestions and is great for you mentally. 

And those are all the reason I LOVE doing yoga. 

Beginner Yoga Sequence

Abs + Arms + Legs

Targeting all 3 in 1 Yoga workout.

I usually do this sequence at night because it is not a difficult routine. Though it is also a good morning routine to do before a shower just to get the heart rate up and your muscles engaged.

NOTE: this whole sequence only takes 10 – 15 minutes.


First: Start off in a standing position making sure your abs are already engaged, your ribs are closed, shoulders relaxed, and taking deep breaths. For the whole yoga routine you really want to focus on flowing from move to move & engaging your core and glutes in each move. 

ALSO breathing should be a main focus during this exercise.

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Standing position.
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Step out into Warrior pose. Hold for 16 counts.
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Arch back in Warrior pose in a high release – hold for 8 counts
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Bend forward and twist toward the sky *still keeping abs engaged* -hold for 16 counts
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move to plank + go into 12 plank dips.

 

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Stretch into downward dog into – hold for 8 counts

 

 

 

 

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Stretch one leg up an open up hips. – hold for 4 counts
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From there you take the leg that was up and move into a plank position with the your knee to your shoulder. Then take your leg back up to previous pose. Repeat that 8-12 times on same leg.

After you have finished the last move you go back to downward dog and make your way up to the standing position. Repeat again to the left. Then again to the right. . .then again to the left. So in the end you have done 4 sets, two on each side. 

NOTE: All moves can be adjusted to your own skill level.