5 tips on How to include yoga into your life. -Hacking Parenthood

5 tips on How to include yoga into your life. -Hacking Parenthood

5 tips on How to include yoga into your life

The minute anyone says exercise, our minds shut down and starts finding reasons why we can’t do more than we are already doing. There no space in my mind to do anything else other than what I’m already doing. Yoga is not exercise.

Yoga is said to be the ea brunette woman staring at a lake with trees in the distance, holding her hands above her head stretching.lixir of youth. I agree, I also think eat plant based food is an extra elixir of youth. I’m still young, so how could I say or know anything about getting old. I don’t know, but I love seeing and speaking to older woman and men who do know. You can see the youth in them. They walk and talk as if old age is far away. One of the most common sayings is ‘if you don’t use it, you will lose it’. Yoga is about constantly knowing your body, it’s not about flexibility, or strength or ability. Those things come from yoga. People don’t need these to do yoga. What you do need is the ability to get a mat or blanket and put it on the floor. That is all. As its part of my resolutions, I wanted to help you get to your mat.

15 minutes of time a day. 

That is all you need to start. If you can sit on a couch and watch tv then you can find the time. Yoga is about relaxing and refreshing. You will feel great doing 15min of yoga before sitting down to watch some tv. When you wake up, do some just before you check Facebook. Then you can have guilt free Facebook checking.

 Kids love seeing you do yoga.

Yes, they will hold your leg, want breastmilk, pull your hair. This is part of mum yoga. If you lower your expectations of what yoga is, especially if you have kids. Then you will enjoy yoga more. You will also start to notice that they want to try it out as well. Yoga has some really fun positions that kids would just love to do. Sneak in some breathing and hey presto, they are meditating. Even if it is just for a few minutes.

Lower your expectations

Moving on from the previous tip, lowering your expectations is key to enjoying the time on the mat. Yoga is all about breathing and seeing where you are at. Slow moving and never pushing yourself too far. All about reaching your own potential, not the person next to you. Yoga teachers have done yoga for years, they know their own potential and constantly work at it. When I started yoga, I couldn’t do 1 pushup. Now I can do 1. I hope to do more but for now, I will perfect this one.

Put ‘yoga’ into YouTube. 

YouTube is full of everything you ever want to learn. Tutorials, classes for beginners and professionals. Just pick a video and start. Do what you can and don’t do what you can’t. This is very important. Don’t do what you aren’t ready to do. Simple. Just breathe through it. there is nothing wrong if you can’t bend down or struggle to hug your knees. Eventually, you will be able to do it, for now, just be easy on yourself. Yoga lets you be easy on yourself, this helps for when you are not doing yoga.

Let go of the ego. 

Ego is the worst human trait. It’s what makes us angry and resentful. It hurts others. It stops you from experience the fullness of what life has to offer.

Ego has been a massive thing for me to let go of. I still struggle. They say, only you can be happy. This is true. You control your feelings. No one can make you happy, they can make you feel good, but that is not happy. Stop blaming others for your own mistakes. They have their own mistakes. We all do. We are all trying. Ego comes in and says it’s their fault that you feel like this. It’s not. Let go and you will feel what happy is.

So get your laptop, put a blanket on the floor and click play. See where your journey takes you. I feel like, without yoga, I would be where I am. It’s helped me to be mindful, be happy and let go of so much that was keeping me down. I might be young but you’ll be surprised what is keeping you stagnant.

Putting the blanket/mat is the hardest part of doing yoga, just do it.

5 tips on How to include yoga into your life. -Hacking Parenthood

 

 

16 Comments

  • Reply Rhian Westbury January 30, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I try and do some yoga in the morning’s when I first wake up and I do feel like it sets me up well for the rest of the day x

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood February 6, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      I agree with you, its refreshing. Do you follow a video or just do it freely? x

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus January 30, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I was happy to see you mention the Ego, as I did a module in Literature called ‘ psychoanalysis in Literature’ as well as how it related to Education as well and it is true, when we hold onto the ego it makes us resentful x Yoga is great 🙂

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood February 6, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Its so important that people realise that the ego is breaking us. We all need to let it go and live freely. Thats so interesting about psychoanalysis in Literature, i might start some research of my own. 🙂

  • Reply Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops January 30, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    My daughter (who is three) and I have actually started to do some yoga together recently as we found some to help children calm down. And we both love it, she can already remember what positions to do when I say certain phrases to her it’s wonderful!

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood February 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      That is so lovely to hear, and its amazing for her to know a fun way to move her body and share time with you.

  • Reply Lyndsey O'Halloran January 30, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I did baby yoga for a while with Erin. Does that count?!

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood February 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Totally counts! Why not do some more?

  • Reply Tracy Morgan January 31, 2017 at 9:00 am

    I’ve dabbled with yoga a little and think it would be perfect for me. I don’t want anything too energetic, but I do want to increase flexibility and get my body moving a bit more. Great, interesting post!

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood February 6, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you! Yeah its not about being fit and flexible. Just start some, you will love you for it!

  • Reply Vai Chin @Rambling Through Parenthood January 31, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    It’s been years since I practised Yoga. I need to find those minutes to do it, really. Thanks for this post.

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood February 6, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Yeah, the hardest part is setting out your mat. I have faith that you can!

  • Reply Anosa January 31, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I attend Yoga classes 3 times a week at my local gym and it’s the best thing ever and leaves me feeling refreshed and relaxed.

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood February 6, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Wow, thats amazing! Well done! you are doing your body the world of good!

  • Reply Mrs H January 31, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I love yoga. I don’t find anything else quite as relaxing. And I love the warm tingly feeling I get once I have done a session. And my daughter loves watching me do yoga too. She will often put my mat down and put one of my yoga DVDs on for me. She is my mini personal trainer. Hugs Lucy xxxx

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood February 6, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Oh that is just amazing, I love how our little one are so eager to help us out during the day. They are such amazing human beings!

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