January 1st shouldn’t be the only day you decide to start something new and beneficial for yourself. Everyday we should embrace healthy habits that make us smile and bring us closer to meeting our goals and resolutions – whatever they may be.
As students, it’s very easy to become sidetracked and to forget about taking care of ourselves. However, it’s not too hard to carve out time for yourself again. Finding time to “unplug” yourself from technology just for five minutes will be refreshing. Flossing your teeth at night, or savouring a nutritious breakfast will probably make you feel invincible! For me, it’s the little stuff that improves my mood and motivates me to consistently give my best.
And what’s one thing that really makes me feel energized and refreshed?
(No, not coffee!)
Many assume that to practice yoga you need time, flexibility, or a calm mind. In actuality, you just have to step on your mat and the rest will come.
Improving your sleep, maximizing your fitness, and managing your stress are just some of the benefits of yoga. (Hello, last month of classes!)
So, are you ready to join me for a yoga challenge?
Starting March 1st, I am making a point to incorporate yoga into my everyday. My goal is to gradually build up to 12 Sun Salutations, by beginning with one on March 1st, two on the 2nd, three on the 3rd and so on. My yoga teacher says that practicing Sun Salutations is a complete at-home practice. And, when you’re ready, you can drop into a yoga class at CBU – or do a video online to enhance your practice.
The Sun Salutation sequence (seen below) is a yoga basic and can be done anywhere and anytime. Get one in before class, in between studying, or right after you get up in the morning. They don’t take long and you will feel great after. Promise.
Yoga mats are available at the Fitness Centre at CBU, or you can purchase one at Winners for under $20.
So, won’t you join me on March 1st by bringing a little yoga into your life?
For a great beginner’s demo of a Sun Salutation, click here.