So, I am one of those oddly rare humans that actually loves working out. I crave it. But I will admit that the work overload can take the reigns in more ways than one. My go-to solution? YOGA.
If my body hasn’t been moving enough, I’ll easily begin to feel sluggish or gross, both physically and internally. It’s simple: feeling “off” or unbalanced means it’s time to find the balance. Although running a business (and life in general) has its (many) moments that put working out on the back burner, reality will rudely awaken us all from time to time if we don’t commit. Here’s my guide to finding zen in a city — why yoga is a secret weapon to a major key in life: mental, physical, emotional, stress-reducing b a l a n c e.
I began my yoga practice about eight years ago, but didn’t really commit to the value of it until four-ish years ago. Trust me, I get it — at first it seems so slow — It takes a minute to get into if you’re used to high-intensity workouts or cardio-based routines, but once you understand the practice and what you get from it, it’s the greatest gift.
I’m also a firm believer in continually going to a studio/instructor that feels good to you.
my local yoga recommendations:
Y7 Studio, Melrose Ave — ANY hip hop candlelit class. Thank me later. I’m typically here on Sundays!
Hot Pilates Studio, Sunset Blvd — Yoga-lates, particularly with Ariel McFadden for words of inspiration to take home with you.
Casey Lane Anderson, Instructor, wherever in the world you might find her — I cried during my very first shavasana through Casey’s guided meditation at the end of my first Power Yoga class with her at Hot 8 Yoga in Beverly Hills. Casey cracked open a world of magic for me; she is a GIFT to this planet.
Stylistically? From power to kundalini to vinyasa flow (and/or heated) to something low key, there are so many different types of yoga offered — something for pretty much anything your body is craving. Every form of yoga will help bring balance to your world. We all need a little yoga in our lives, just trust me on this. Here are just a few of the amazing things you’ll gain by keeping yoga on a consistent weekly basis in your world:
energy balance: As you twist and move during yoga, you’re removing toxins from your system — including anything negative lingering. You’re as grounded as you’ll ever be, and connecting to your body and the Earth gives balance. I never feel more like my true self than when I leave yoga. It’s like a shake out from any bad jui-jui, stress, emotions, etc.
strength + flexibility: Yoga gets a rep for being easy or not a great workout — which simply is not the case! My arms, arbs, and legs have gotten significantly stronger and more toned thanks to the practice. You’re using your bodyweight to make you stronger — there are no outside forces, it’s all you. And being flexible isn’t only wonderful in the way that it feels, but it improves all other aspects of your fitness routine. Lastly, it’s so beneficial to your body and injury prevention as you age.
mental clarity: Again, huge benefit for the brain. Since you’re incredibly focused on your breath and stability during yoga, there’s literally no time to think about work or outside noise. For X amount of time during your day, yoga provides a happy, light bubble to live in.
WOOSAH / recharge: As you go through yoga poses and breath, you’re essentially meditating and recharging your body and mind. Linking breath to movement provides energy while restoring your system as a whole. I find the practice especially helpful if I’m in a creative or personal rut, as I leave inspired and eager. This point here alone is enough to keep my commitment to my yoga practice happening at least once every week.
spiritual connection: I’m not talking about religion specifically, but having a spiritual connection to something in life is crucial, in my opinion. Connecting to something bigger or different than yourself and surrendering to other forces — some openly practiced in yoga — opens your spirit and mind.
gratitude: Yoga teachers often talk about being thankful for your body during a class and it’s such a simple yet invaluable reminder. I leave yoga feeling gracious for every aspect of my life, my body, who I am, exactly who the people I love and choose to surround myself with are, for the people around me, my family, my friends, my clients, everything that inspires me, e v e r y t h i n g. It’s a chance to reconnect to your inner-self and to feel thankful for everything outside of it.
SPORTS BRA: lululemon.
SIDE-TIE YOGI PANTS: shein.