Great point! Yogis should use yoga as a way to develop a relationship with their bodies, not try to force their bodies into “cool” positions. There is a lot to learn along the way and unfortunately, injury is one of the loudest wake up calls our body can send us. YogaJournal.com is one of my favorite websites for yoga research :) Thanks Christina
1. Appreciate your life.
2. Choose friends who make you feel good.
3. Keep learning everyday.
4. Compliment others.
5. Always look for the solution, not the problem.
7. Take a moment to enjoy life, and stop to see how far you’ve come.
8. Forgive people and stop holding grudges.
9. Keep your promises.
10. Live clean. Live honest.
11. Love unconditionally.
12. Invest in the people you love.
13. Never give up.
15. Believe in yourself.
Thought this may brighten up your day! Anything you would like to add to the list?
…after 1.5 years being gluten free. It’s such a silly story though.
On Sunday (2 days ago) I decided last minute that I was going to go my my fiance’s basketball games to support him as a new coach. I forgot my snack and ended up getting really hungry. It wasn’t until after we were done with the games that I realized I hadn’t eaten since my smoothie in the morning (it was 4pm at this point.) On our way home I was on the edge of hangry and mentioned we should go to Red Robin so I could inhale some bottomless fries while eating a gluten free burger and slurp on a milkshake. This is obviously not my everyday kind of meal, but my starving self was super excited and ready to inhale food.
I didn’t realize until halfway through my burger that I forgot to order it with a gluten free bun!!!! Are you kidding me?! I haven’t eaten gluten in a year in a half and I just ate half a burger. wow. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was a little scared at what kind of mess it was going to make with my insides so I went home, drank peppermint tea with a ton of water and waited it out.
Yesterday (the next day) I felt really tired, slept almost 12 hours through the night and took another 2 hour nap later in the day. I felt super foggy and tripped over my words a lot while teaching.
Today I am achey, my scoliosis especially hurts. But I’m not surprised because since I have a severe intolerance (not celiac) to gluten it would increase inflammation within my body and I would feel all those little aches and pains, like I have been.
Luckily my Ulcerative Colitis was already totally under control and in a healthy state of remission so my digestion didn’t go haywire. If I was in flare though, whoa that would be another story.
So now I’m just eating as clean and healthy as I possibly can, shaking my head at such a silly mistake, and picking up my life like it never happened. Thankfully the reaction was minimal. I much prefer my life gluten free though.
Have any of you guys accidentally eaten gluten?
On March 30th you posted a question by a yoga newbie asking if yoga can harm your joints. This isn't about yoga harming joints, per se, but I found out AFTER having surgery to repair a torn labrum (ligament that stabilizes the shoulder) that my upper body is hyperflexible. It's something that's not unusual for people who practice yoga, but yogis should definitely do some research if they start to hurt! Yogajournal has an article on shoulder care that's helped me a lot in my recovery -Christina
Bedtime Yoga Practice (15 minutes)
This video has become so popular on YouTube that I’m considering making a second Bedtime Yoga Routine to upload! If you haven’t tried it yet, check out these comments and hopefully you’ll have a similar experience :)
How silly that I feel so successful when people tell me I put them to sleep. What specifically would you like and not like in a Bedtime Yoga Routine? Message me :)
Sarah Beth, what are your favorite yoga clothes?
Athleta! They sell yoga, running, swim & lifestyle clothes. I love that store! I get a great discount for being a teacher and their return policy is amazing. I brought my favorite jeggings back because there was a hole in the crotch and they exchanged them on site! They would have given me a cash refund but I really wanted the jeggings. For their specific yoga clothes, the fit is hit or miss, but they are still my favorite :)
Can yoga be harmful to your joints or your back? I feel like I always have a problem with either one.
Yoga can help or hurt. It really depends on how you’re practicing, what you’re doing and if you’re listening to your body. Forget about what the poses should look like and find the way they fit in your body today, keep your abs engaged so you don’t dump into your back and make sure your joints are stacked. It might help you to sign up for a private lesson to have an instructor work with your body and alignment.
I'm a beginner to the yoga world. I was wondering if maybe you or some of your followers could suggest what kind of mat and/or other equipment I should buy to begin.
Considering that I don’t have any fancy mats maybe one of you yogis might have a recommendation? Include some details about why you like it as well. That always helps ;)