When I first started yoga, all I brought with me was a water bottle and a whole lot of courage to face my fear of trying something new. I wasn’t sure I’d be any good at it, coming from a background of weight lifting. Fear can cripple you if you’re not careful.
I said scr*w it and carried on to live my best life.
My reason for going to yoga was to try something new, manage my anxiety and become more flexible. I wanted to create a harmony between strength and flexibility. This is one of the reasons why I checked out Product Expert for some ideas on what kind of yoga mat to get. I’ve been lifting weights for years and I knew I wanted to have more balance in my body and also feel better with my stress management.
The first session I remember having 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 didn’t know what to choose but felt like a rockstar just showing up.
Within the first ten minutes, I was a hot mess. Legit, felt like a sweating heap of grossness. 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 both a little defeated for not being naturally better at something, but also super hopeful and proud of myself.
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 loves and literally 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 one of my favorite ways to move my body, mind spirit.
My Ritual Goes Like This
Every morning when I wake up, I read a page from my favorite book (The Little Book of Awakening) that inspires me because it sets 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. Starting a gratitude journal is one of the best things anyone could do for themselves.
I fill up my water bottle with iced lemon water, grab my mat, towel, blanket and head out the door.
On my twenty minute drive to yoga, I look down at my intention I chose for the day and repeat to myself what I’m grateful for in my life. Then I think about my top 3 current goals and visualize them already being in my life.
Then I head into yoga, inspired and ready for the day. Here are my favorite yoga essentials.
- Mexican Yoga Blanket $12.99. Perfect for taking your practice outside
- Masaya Yoga Mat Bag $24.99. Carry your yoga mat easily
- The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo $14.51. Read a page every morning in your morning ritual practice pre-yoga
- Stainless Steel Rainbow Water Bottle $14.49. Hydrate all day!
- Moon Phase Yoga Mat$14.38 Gorgeous moon phase mat to flow effortlessly on
- DYZD Yoga Mat Towel $26.98. A towel is always a good idea
- Grateful Fierce Forward Intention Bracelet$37. Infuse your bracelet with any essential oil
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