I’ve always loved yoga but it wasn’t until a few months back were I rediscovered it. Due to my hectic work schedule I knew that I would need an outlet soon where I can find peace (body and soul). If you don’t know, yoga is a mind-body practice. It brings together physical and mental disciplines that help me achieve peacefulness of body and mind. Practicing it helps me relax and manage my stress.
Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities. Some are more intense while others are slower pace and easier movements. Hatha yoga, in particular, is a great choice for stress management and it’s also one of the most common styles. In today’s post I am practicing Hatha yoga. It is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.
Hatha yoga pretty much consists of three (3) core components such as:
- Poses. Yoga poses, also called postures, are a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility. Poses range from lying on the floor while completely relaxed to difficult postures that may have you stretching your physical limits.
- Breathing. Controlling your breathing is an important part of yoga. Yoga teaches that controlling your breathing can help you control your body and quiet your mind.
- Meditation or relaxation. In yoga, you may incorporate meditation or relaxation. Meditation may help you learn to be more mindful and aware of the present moment without judgment.
When do I work out?
I wake up early (around 5:45AM) to do yoga for at least 45min each day. It’s sets the mood for my day ahead + it helps me stay focus throughout the day. This is the only workout that truly enhances my mood and my overall sense off well-being. I’m a positive person to begin with but yoga brings it out even more. I feel more zen and energized.
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