One of the BEST things about being blog partners & great friends is we can challenge and hold each other accountable with goals, and we love a good fitness goal!
Midst of Its February’s fitness challenge was an hour of yoga every day. 28 days of yoga consecutively. Both of us typically prefer high-intensity workouts so this was a very different sort of challenge, but that’s half the fun!
Diana: I recently moved to St. Lucia and found the perfect place to do yoga, check out my post from last week “My BodyHoliday Fitness Journey – Yoga” to read all about the classes that I took and the one that I enjoyed the most. I also wanted to do yoga as an activity and medium to de-stress. I have always looked up to people who do it and have this type of lifestyle; especially how lean their bodies are after practicing it for many years. There is something about them, and their inner glow that has always fascinated me, it seems that yoga helps people center their soul and being. I also like challenges that are outside of my comfort zone, and this one seemed just about right.
Jodi: I work-out all the time and know how important stretching and cooling down my muscles are, and I’m ashamed to admit how badly I’ve been neglecting stretching and just focusing on lifting heavy the last few months. My flexibility was at an all-time low, my muscles (especially back and hamstrings) weren’t recovering well and I was constantly in pain. Something needed to change and this yoga challenge kick-started me to do just that, change.
Yoga has many health benefits, both physical and mental. In this short amount of time (28 days) the top benefits we found:
+ Increased flexibility
+ Relaxes the mind & body
+ Releases muscle tension
+ Helps to sleep faster/deeper
+ Eases pain
Yoga Apps We Love To Do AT HOME!
Yoga Studio by GAIAM
Our fav app to practice yoga from the comfort of your home. It offers Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced classes, with option of 15, 30, and 60 minute classes. Combination, strength, flexibility, and balance are the four choices for complete classes with Yoga Studio, but they also include Sun Salutations, Deep Relaxation Meditations, Quick Yoga Fix, Yoga for Back Pain, Yoga for Runners, and Earth Salutations. You can also pick your own background music, schedule classes, and see what classes you have participated in. So many options and features makes this App our go-to for at home yoga practice.
Meditation by Insight TimerGAIAM
It is one of our favourite apps to meditate. It is a fun app as it is sort of a social media channel where you can join challenges all year, and meet people from all around the world that encourage you to meditate every day and calm your soul and find inner strength. Insight timer has all type of meditations, from gratitude guided meditations, to better sleep meditation, to binge eating control, and guided podcasts to just relax. There is a zen proverb that is so powerful and we absolutely agree on “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” In this crazy world we live in, full of goals, and bettering ourselves in every part of our life, we think is important to give time to strengthen our mind and spirit. Meditation goes really well with yoga, and insight timer is a great help along the way.
Starting as beginners and having the opportunity to learn from amazing Yoga Instructors, where their passion for the practice shows in their classes, is half the reason we will continue including yoga in our weekly fitness regimes.
Meet Natasha from Zeller Yoga, Instructor at the exclusive BodyHoliday in St. Lucia
In My BodyHoliday Fitness Journey – Yoga Diana talked about some of the classes she attended during the challenge that were taught by the lady behind ‘Zeller Yoga,’ travelling yogi Natasha.
We interviewed Natascha to learn about her passion for yoga! Take a glimpse at this small portion of our interview where we covered topics such as her background, drive and ambitions!
What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
I started practicing yoga when I was in my mid 20´s. In my mid 30s, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and I didn’t want to take steroids, so I found a yoga teacher to give me one on one classes for a year where she tailored the practice around my health issues. Believe it or not after this year, my health issues were just about gone. She was the person that inspired me to take a foundation course in yoga, which later took me to pursue my training with Simon Low, the co-founder of Triyoga in London. He has been teaching yoga internationally for over 24 years and became the mentor in my yogi career.
What do you love the most about yoga?
I love that yoga is all about BALANCE. It is a practice that you have to see as a living tradition and have to constantly look at it, go back to it, and learn from it.
How does yoga benefit your personality?
Practicing yoga every day is a fascinating ride. It gives me tools as a person to be better every day and that has benefited my personality greatly. I was the type of person that could get stressed easily or would be too critical of myself, through yoga, and especially through teaching yoga I have learned to defeat these feelings; now I can convey that learning to the people around me.
My two mantras are “Inner calm and silent strength”, and “No gain with pain.”