Yoga & Stretching: Why I Practice It Daily

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Hi, my loves!

Happy Sunday! It seriously seems that the weeks are coming and going so quickly lately! I hope your week has been an enjoyable one. Today’s post is going to be part of self-care Sunday, which I always partake in personally. Self-care is important for not only making you feel good for one day, but it can truly change your entire life if you keep up with it. There’s an activity I like to incorporate in not only my morning routine, but my afternoons, and evenings. This activity is yoga and stretching.

We can become truly sedentary creatures due to the fact that a lot of us work indoors or our main activities are done indoors. Our bodies are not meant to be sitting all day so it can cause some stiffness or even pain in some cases. Yoga is my way of making sure my body is aligned not only physically but emotionally.

Whenever I partake in yoga, I do not do it for my workout but rather because it is deeply rooted in self-care. We are feeling what our body needs and we are giving it just that. If our neck or shoulders are tense, we are stretching the muscles to relieve this. When our legs are stiff or our feet are sore we are making sure we tend to them.

To me, yoga is about feeling balanced. It encourages reflection and physical grounding. You can even use music or essential oils to move through the poses with fluidity. When you are in a yoga class, you are connected to the energy of the class and may find yourself happier and at ease when you walk out. I personally love watching yoga instructors on YouTube as well if I’m struggling to find a flow that works for me.

I strongly suggest if you are struggling to find the time to workout or feel like you just can’t because you’re not in the right place, to start with stretching and yoga. Stretching can make you feel so much better if you’re not living the active lifestyle you want because it is able to reintroduce you to the mindset you want to be in for more endurance driven workouts.

I have days where I am so depressed I can barely move from a chair and when I decide to do some stretching I literally feel like a new person. The act of getting out the yoga mat, making a calm space in the house and using positive self talk has made me feel empowered again.

If you don’t know where to start, definitely look up Yoga and Stretching on Pinterest, YouTube, even Instagram, or online in general. Don’t feel like you need to go stand on your head the first day either, just do what comes naturally.

I hope this motivated you to try this if you are feeling low or like you can’t get to the gym today and just need to feel a little better. I will talk to you guys soon!

Love, Julie

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