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Yoga: For the Mind, Body & Soul

Yoga has been on an upward trend with more Americans practicing today than ever before. A new study by Yoga Alliance has shown that “Approximately 37 million Americans practice yoga today – up significantly from 20 million in 2012.”

Originating in India over 5000 years ago, the tradition has become a worldwide practice gaining more popularly more so now than ever.

Yoga is intended to strengthen not just your physical body but your mind as well. Benefits include many such as: balance, increased flexibility, protection against injury. As well as higher self confidence, reduced anxiety, depression and mental clarity.

This may seem like an amazing deal for a workout. However, some aren’t too keen in starting their yoga practice. Why? Well some feel as though the yoga community is for those who are already flexible, spiritual or in good physical shape.

Yoga is made for everyone!  “Whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style,” says Dr. Nevins. “The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection. It is a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self.”​

There are plenty yogi’s around the valley who wants to help you get in touch with your inner self.

Some of my favorites:

Salt Lake Power Yoga

Scholé Yoga-SLC

Core Power Yoga

 

6 Ways You Can Tackle Monday

Monday: that six letter word we all dread. After spending two days in the leisure of your own home, on your own schedule — Monday is a pretty daunting day to get back to that daily routine. However, this is one day we can’t dodge so we may as well tackle Monday with a strong cup of coffee and a smile. Here are 6 ways you can tackle Monday head on.

1.Wake up early: Yes, that’s almost just as bad as Monday. Especially for the more snoozy types who enjoy mornings in bed like myself. Allowing yourself to wake up earlier, allows you to prepare for the day in a positive manner instead of rushing into your day.

2. Wear a fun outfit: Now I know, work makes you keep it professional, doesn’t mean you can’t add a little flare to your daily attire to keep things interesting. Wear your favorite colorful top or find that perfect dress to rock on those mundane Mondays.

3.Eat a good breakfast: Doesn’t even have to be healthy! If you want a donut on a Monday, have a donut on a Monday!

4. Change up your music choice: There are so many great musical options out there, try switching up your daily commute radio to something different. Whether that be a new radio station or a new playlist — you’ll be surprised at how much awesome music is out there that might inspire you to have a great day! Podcasts are great too for that Monday morning motivation!

5. Meet up with a loved one: Whether you can meet for lunch or go to a movie with your family, do something out of the ordinary so you can look forward to your day.

6. Plan ahead: Instead of rushing out on Friday, to come back to a load of work Monday. Organize your week so you aren’t stressed going in to work Monday morning. This will allow your work flow to go more effortlessly than trying to coordinate all your meetings all at once which in return leads to stress and needed “me time“.

These are just a few things that can put a little pep in your step when it comes to Monday Blues. Consider your Monday “my day” and allow yourself to set goals for yourself for the week! You can do this!

 

Have a great week!

Why “Me Time” is so Important in the Life of a Woman

We’ve all been there at some point – where you barely have time to breathe. Whether you are a stay at home mom with kids, or you’re a woman in the workforce, life is busy and it doesn’t slow down for anybody. Sure, it would be nice to just go hide from all the responsibilities that come at you each day. Take that vacation that you mark on your calendar each year but somehow passes you by, or even just get away from the house to have a glass of wine with a pedicure. The difficulty with doing those things being a busy woman, is you won’t relax until you get your check-list completely marked off.

 

According to Statistic Brain, 48% of studies have reported that stress has a negative impact on their personal and professional life and $300 Billion in annual costs to employers in stress related health care and missed work. Even if you have a moment to yourself, it can decrease stress by taking simple steps that will allow you to have a more fulfilling day.

 

Wake Up Early: Waking up a little earlier allows for some quality time to enjoy your own company. I personally have never been a morning person, but since I’ve been getting up earlier; even if it’s only 30 minutes on some days it allows me to take time to myself before I start my day. I usually wake up at sunrise, do a quick meditation or yoga session and make me a healthy breakfast. Not only does it start the day off on a positive note, it allows you to slow down instead of rushing into your day.

 

Journaling: I’ve always been an avid user of a journal, it allows me to declutter my brain. Everything from lists, to what’s on my mind in that exact moment. Dealing with the monkey mind, it can be difficult to shut your brain off for a second. Combining this with a daily meditation, you can reduce stress, clarify your thoughts as well as get to know yourself better!

 

Exercise: This one is even a tough one for myself, I would much rather be eating my feelings than trying to be healthy about them. Let’s be honest though, exercise is the one thing all doctors agree on when it comes to health. The great thing about exercise though is it doesn’t have to be a vigorous work-out. Going on a walk for 20 minutes out of your day can eliminate stress, allows you to have a moment to yourself, or allows you some time with a loved one.

These are just a few things I’ve incorporated in my daily routine to allow me to have some clarity. Being a college student, working almost full time – I have been exposed to so much stress. My quality of life has become increasingly better due to taking “me time”. The great thing about this is, just remembering to do what you enjoy. You’re limitless when you’re happy!