As a somewhat OCD, ADD, City Girl who’s always on the go and lives life in the fast lane, I find it hard to do something as simple as relaxing and calming down.
I’ve realized that city life can be extremely stressful and chaotic. Even just walking the streets can bring about anxiety. (Don’t even get me started on driving in NYC!)
Even if you don’t live in a big city, life in general can be filled with tension, worry, and anxiety.
One of the best ways for me to help ease the negativity that life brings about is YOGA.
Yoga is also amazing at changing your figure (Bikini Season is almost here, Ladies!!!)
I find that it has made my body more toned, leaner, stronger…. and I lose a lot of excess fat.
Yoga has gotten a lot more popular in the past few years in Korea.
Ock Ju-Hyun (of the 90′s K-Pop group Fin.K.L) started her own Yoga DVDs and helped start the Yoga craze in South Korea.
I tried her DVD and it can be difficult… I was huffing and puffing~ I don’t think I even finished the whole DVD…=T
However, the good thing about Yoga is that you can go at your own pace.
Yoga is not about competition and being as bendy as possible.
You go as far as you can, and little by little, you’ll see changes in yourself (and your body) that you’d never thought possible.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to do Yoga. I’ve learned Yoga through DVDs. (Click HERE for the ones that I use).
If you are a complete beginner, I do think it would be helpful to take a few Beginners Yoga classes in order to learn the basics correctly, because you CAN hurt yourself.
* Here are a few Tips:
- Never let your knees go past your toes when stretching.
- Take it slow. Don’t pull or strain your muscles. The more Yoga you practice, the more flexible you will become.
- Make sure to take deep breaths in and out through your nose. This totally helps you relax even if you aren’t doing Yoga.
Yoga helped change my life. It helped me get through a bout of Depression when it seemed that nothing else could.
It also made me want to live a healthier life-style and change certain bad habits.
Am I living that healthier life and have I gotten rid of those bad habits? At times…. but the point is, that the desire is there.
Not everyone wears makeup. Not everyone needs to wear makeup.
I do feel that everyone should try to live a balanced life, live a life as stress-free as possible, and be in a healthy state of mind AND body.
I truly believe that Yoga helps to achieve these things.
I was lucky enough to meet my favorite Yoga Guru Sara Ivanhoe.
She is an amazing and talented person (and she gets the Cute Boy Seal of Approval from my guy friends).
One thing she said that really made me think:
“It’s like everything else. You get better with practice.
You practice the violin, you get better at the violin.
You practice stressing out, you get better at stressing out!”
So if you are feeling fat, over-whelmed, unhappy with life, blah, and/or all of the above…. try some Yoga and you just might be amazed.
*~ Have a Beautiful Day! ~*