Today we are super lucky to have a beautiful guest post from Ariana at “Happy Life Healthy Life“…on why she vows to honor the integrity of her body and soul. Check it out, below. Thank you Ariana! We are inspired by your dedication and self-love!!! 🙂 #PassLove over to her and be sure to follow her blog, Facebook page, and Instagram account y’all! 🙂
Here’s Ariana! Everyone, meet Ariana! Now read on to see how she takes care of herself and is establishing a weekly yoga practice alongside her usually fit activities!
I run. I cycle. I lift. I walk. I occasionally swim.
But rarely do I practice yoga.
My consistent practice usually coincides with an offer from a daily deal site, or a two-week trial pass for new students. Each time I start I always say “I forgot how good this feels!” and yet as soon as my pass is up I stop.
When I practice yoga my hips and glutes that are chronically tight from running actually feel free and mobile. The ache that is almost always in my right glute disappears, as does the tightness behind my right shoulder blade.
My poor calf muscles who are so tight I don’t even realize how tight they are until I stretch them get a breath of fresh air when I hang out in downward dog. In August I ran the Lululemon Seawheeze half marathon which included two yoga sessions before the race and one after. I woke up the morning after the race feeling like a million bucks without any of the usual post-race aches and pains.
When I’m lifting in the gym I’m able to coordinate my breath with the contractions as I did during Vinyasa flows. I’m able to activate those deep abdominal muscles thanks to all the breath work I’ve done in Hatha classes. And at the end of my workouts I often spend minutes in a single stretch, able to tune out all thoughts and distractions thanks to my Yin practices.
And when I’m consistently practicing yoga, I notice I’m generally just calmer. Little daily annoyances tend to bother me less. I’m less affected by others’ negativity, and I find I’m more open to suggestions and constructive criticism.
So why don’t I practice more yoga? The honest answer is I really don’t know. My excuses are the same as any other individual who avoids doing what they know is good for them. “I don’t have time.” “It’s too expensive.” “I just enjoy doing other things more.” And yet these are obstacles I help my clients overcome and am able to provide solutions to.
Yoga is one of those things where I love the benefits, but I don’t love the act of doing it as much as I do the other things. I guess it’s like a nutrient-packed green smoothie that’s a little scary in taste, but makes you feel so amazing afterwards. Sometimes you just have to suck it up to reap the rewards.
In honor of maintaining the integrity of my body (and my sanity!) I am going to vow to practice yoga weekly, even if it’s just a 10 minute flow in the morning or 15 minutes on the mat after a run. I want to be able to run and lift and cycle and swim for many more years, and I know that practicing yoga, even if just a little bit, will allow me to do so.
Thank you so much Ariana for sharing your journey with us! You are an inspiration. Will the rest of you join Ariana in a weekly yoga practice? Every athlete and every person can find at least 10 or 15 minutes to get on the mat! Will you?
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And, of course, let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂