Let’s Talk About Yoga…

     “Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.” -Amit Ray

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At the age of six, a woman my mom worked with asked me if I wanted to join her cheerleading team, promising it would be full of good times and high energy performances. Me being the young, optimistic adolescent I was of course jumped at the opportunity and joined right away. The beginning of my cheerleading career was of course fun and games, but as the years went on, it got more and more competitive. The girls became more unkind with age, the topic of social class and money was top priority, and the only way to be relevant is if you were apart of that group. It wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that I had my revelation. This isn’t the life I want for myself.

I didn’t have my spiritual awakening until the summer before my junior year. This is when I realized that I was almost letting myself go; I wasn’t eating the healthiest, I wasn’t exercising anymore, and I didn’t have my usual hunger for life. Realizing this, I knew that it was time for a lifestyle change. I had heard through the grapevine that yoga was a beneficial way to relieve stress and become one with themselves, which of course led to me giving it a try. Turns out, this was the best decision I could have made for myself, my body, and my life.

I’ve always been an artistic person, as well as athletic, and the fact that I am able to practice an art form that allows me to get a lil sweat in makes me feel like the luckiest person in the world.  The practice of yoga is one of the few things in my life that is one hundred percent just for me. I do not do yoga for anyone else, I do not practice to please anyone, I practice in order to gain self-confidence, self-love, and self-respect. The amount of freedom I feel when I light my candles at 8 P.M. when the sun is going down and I can just be myself while I do my practice is an indescribable feeling.  It’s a never-ending learning experience, seeing that I know that I will never be a master of yoga. I will forever be learning more about the art form, I will forever be learning new poses, new breathing techniques, and new ways to love myself.

I’m going to leave things off with this; if you are searching for new ways to start off a healthy lifestyle or if you are having a hard time with your self-confidence, give yoga a try. It is not for everyone and I cannot guarantee that you’ll fall in love with it like I did, but at least you can say you tried.

 

 

Let’s Talk About My Morning Routine…

Summer is usually the time for most teenagers to catch up on their much needed rest, but let’s start off by saying that I’m not like not like most teenagers.

My mornings start off at 6:30 A.M. when the calming sounds of Oh Wonder play through my phone, waking me up from my usual eight hour slumber. After getting out of bed, I’ll normally go through a series of three minute stretches that starts with a pike stretch and ends with the lotus (which, by the way, took me about a year to learn how to do). Once my morning stretches are complete, my workout clothes are thrown on, the hydro flask is filled, the sunflower backpack is prepared, and I head out the door to my community gym.

I’m one of those rare species that actually enjoys using the elliptical. Every time I say that to anyone, I get a series of strange looks followed up by an “absolutely not”. When I get to the gym, the first thing I do is turn on inspirational videos (ex: how to stop comparing yourself to others, how to be confident, etc,) because it allows me to get into the right head space, then it’s time to use the elliptical for about twenty-five to thirty minutes. Once that is complete, I use the bike for thirty, then it’s weights, legs, and then it’s time to go home!

Getting home from the gym is probably the most peaceful feeling because it’s usually around 7:50, I’m able to open all of the windows, light some candles, and just be. Making breakfast, my go to being egg whites, mushrooms, whole wheat toast with vegan butter, and a cup of cinnamon coffee with coconut milk creamer, with music on allows me to wind down from the gym and clear my head for a bit. After breakfast then comes my shower, but I’ll spare the details.

After my shower is usually the time I like to sit down with my laptop and start to write for my blog. I’ll either have music or a video playing in the background, being that I’m not one to work in silence, and write my new post for the day, which then concludes my morning routine!