Sometimes, all we need is a little inspiration like these yoga essentials to start a new habit! Whether you’re new to yoga, you’re an advanced yogi or you’re going to take your first yoga class after this post (woohoo), this one’s for you. Here’s a sweet little list of my current favorite yoga essentials that are rocking my world along with my story of becoming a fierce yogi girl! Plus a giveaway with my friends at Affirmats, signup below.
When I first started yoga, all I brought with me was a water bottle and a whole lot of courage! My reason for going to yoga was to try something new, to manage my anxiety and to become more flexible. What I remember most about my first class is that I was nervous to try something new and had no idea what kind of yoga I was actually taking that day. From what I heard, there was bikram yoga, hot yoga, infrared yoga and regular yoga. I had no idea how to choose! To be honest, I felt like a rockstar just showing up and taking that first step forward those few years ago.
Within the first ten minutes, I was a hot mess! I remember looking over at the girls to my right thinking about how bendy and beautiful they were. They weren’t even sweating and there I was dripping and red as a cherry already. When the hour ended, I wiped the sweat from my forehead with my hand, rolled up my rented mat and walked out feeling…defeated, yet hopeful.
I knew that when something feels hard, I should stick with that thing because there’s something in it for me.
Fast forward a few years and now I’m a girl who genuinely loves and relies on her yoga practice. Aside from the fact that it’s my life teacher, yoga creates a calm in my day that I look forward to each morning. And I’ve even built rituals around my practice that support my forward movement…that support me being my best self.
My Ritual Goes Like This
Every morning when I wake up, I read a page from my favorite book (The Book of Awakening, see link below!) that inspires me by setting the tone for my entire day. Before heading out to my yoga class, I slip on my Gratitude bracelet and give thanks in my journal for three things in my life. When you write what you’re grateful for, it becomes an even brighter light than just thinking about it.
Writing my goals down, my affirmations, my daily thoughts and my gratitudes, helps me have an even fiercer focus on them!
After I do that little ritual, I fill up my water bottle with iced lemon water, grab my Affirmat, towel and blanket and head out the door. On my twenty minute drive to yoga, I look down at my intention I chose for the day (usually grateful lately) and repeat to myself what I’m grateful for in my life. Then I think about my top 3 goals and visualize them already being alive in my life, like they’re already here. That’s how I manifest!
Every little ritual you perform throughout your day is gold.
It all makes a difference. Sometimes we’re doing rituals that don’t propel us forward, that actually keep us bound, and all you have to do is remember that you create your life. At any time, you can redesign your life by redesigning one thing in your day. Start there, start small. Soon enough you’ll be so in love with your daily ritual that you’ll crave more.
Grab Your Yoga Essentials Here
- Mexican Yoga Blanket $12.99. Colorful, fun and perfect for savasana
- Namaste’ Yoga Mat Bag $9.99. Carry your yoga mat easily
- The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo $11. Read a page every morning in your morning ritual practice pre-yoga
- Stainless Steel Rainbow Water Bottle $13.99. Hydrate all day!
- Affirmats Yoga Mat $66. Non slip great for hot yoga
- Relaxo Yoga Mat Towel $24.95. For extra hot and sweaty girls like me
- Grateful Fierce Forward Intention Bracelet $33. Infuse your bracelet with any essential oil
Enter the Giveaway
One fierce girl will win her very own Affirmat yoga mat! To enter, all you have to do is follow these 3 steps:
- Comment below when you first found Fierce Forward and how you define a fierce girl
- Follow Affirmats & Fierce Forward on Instagram
- Subscribe to Fierce Forward here!
Winner will be chosen on Monday, June 4th and announced on Monday’s Newsletter, hot in your inbox!
Love & fierce,