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Creating a Weekly Yoga Practice

FITNESS - Zara Durrani - September 28, 2017

Weekly Yoga Practice

Working in film/tv full time, which is 14-16 hour days 5 days a week leaves little time to sleep forget getting to a yoga or gym class. I have major praise for my coworkers who wake up early to go for a jog or a lap in the pool.

After a summer of barely working out, I had to have a chat with myself regarding the monthly $126 fees going to the yoga centre. The sad part is the studio is not even a block away from where I live. Even sadder – I used to teach yoga. But there’s something divine about being in a class, for 60-90 minutes where you can let the outside world go, and just focus on getting your balance and breath right.

I’ve been listening to Mel Robbin’s book on audible ” The Five Second Rule” which I must say has inspired me to get back to my yoga practice. In her book she talks about not giving yourself time to back out of  a commitment, 5-4-3-2-1 like a rocket launch into whatever you need to do, whether it feels comfortable or not does not matter.

As the weather gets cooler, it’s good to heat up the body through workouts and regular stretching and breath work. It helps eliminate toxic waste, improve the texture and quality skin and overall energy. These are things we all know, and the magazines and research preaches zillions of benefits. But what does one do when you haven’t seen the inside of a gym or a yoga studio in a while. You just have to push yourself, not just for the external appearance benefits, but also what yoga or hitting the gym can do for the internal organs.

Last night I had to literally talk myself into going to the yoga studio, and once there I opted for the yin class instead of  power. But I was proud of myself of getting out of that rut, of staying at home and netflexing and eating brie cheese with crackers. Then i promised myself to go to another class this morning, and boy did I feel good after.

So I am making a commitment to myself to practice yoga at least 3-4 days a week preferably at a studio, if not then at home as well. It’s easy to want to stay at home by the fireplace as the temperatures drop, but 60-90 minutes of physical activity using body strength can create lasting changes in overall health.

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