Some people find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, but not vinyasa yogis. They are up and at ’em from sun-up to sundown. What’s their secret? Yoga! Vinyasa yoga is a type of yoga that focuses on linking breath with movement through various poses or postures that flow together one into another. It has been proven to improve physical fitness, mental health, and spirituality as well as reduce stress and anxiety. The nine habits below will help you become an even more effective vinyasa yogi so you can experience all the benefits this practice has to offer.
You are effective when:
1) Practice daily: You don’t have to be at your mat every day for hours on end, just try to practice at least once a day. When we practice regularly, our body memorizes postures and strengthens muscle memory so that it becomes second nature.
2.) Drink water: Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water during your practice and every morning.
3.) Practice in the morning or evening when the body is more energized and rested.
4.) Use props such as blocks, straps, blankets to assist with poses if needed.
5.) Don’t forget about your diet! Eat nourishing foods rich in vitamins A & C like carrots, broccoli, and oranges which help prevent stress on joints (and also keep the skin glowing). Take care not to overeat as it causes weight gain which can be detrimental to your practice.
6.) Sit in silence for 5 minutes and practice your breathing. With each breath, feel the energy that surges through you like waves crashing on the shore of a cool salty sea. Watch as emotions rise up to meet with one another and then pass away just as quickly before being replaced by new ones from underneath the surface or below our feet where we cannot see them yet they are there nonetheless waiting to be felt until it is their turn again when someone will notice once more what has been left behind.
7.) Look outside and connect with the Earth, Grounding your energy through it. Look up to see how high you can reach for in order to feel connected enough. As we have been disconnected from nature for so long, this reconnection is crucial as a way of grounding ourselves back into balance again. The power of nature is a powerful thing. It’s true that technology and modern life are amazing, but they can never replace the beauty of natural surroundings – even if you only have to take five minutes outside your office or home.
You’ll be so glad you did because now when things get too fast-paced during work hours, being able to look out over trees and feel cool breezes will make all the difference.
8.) Let go of bad habits: It’s easier to give up on addiction for a day than it is giving them up forever. Take one day off from your worrisome habits and have something already planned that will be more productive in the end.
Simply stopping without any other option can lead you back into old patterns of behavior, but with intentionality, it could truly make all the difference in how we live our lives free or not.
9.) Live gratefully. Gratitude is the key to a fulfilling life that will be filled with joy and love. Be grateful for your friends, family members, job–everything you have been given in this world because it all comes from someone who cares about you!
The best yogis know that practice makes perfect. If you want to become more effective on the mat, be consistent and work hard. Practice will make your movements second nature and give you increased confidence when it comes to executing difficult poses with ease. Progress faster by practicing consistently and increasing proficiency over time – we can help! Try our new yoga programs today for a healthier tomorrow!
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