Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self
I have practiced yoga on and off all my life. It was the only exercise I did growing up. But it’s not until a year back I started to see yoga more than just a physical exercise.
I use to love yoga for various reasons, for the flexibility, for the refreshed feeling it left me every time I practiced and for the judge free zone, it created. Every yoga class, I attended, I’ve seen people of all shapes and kind- some acing every pose, some struggling, some pushing to reach to the next level.
And for someone like me who never lifted weights before, who didn’t know how half of the equipment in the gym work, yoga was a safe place to hide and workout. It was also a medium to connect to my roots and to pray.
It’s after I started practicing Vinyasa / Ashtanga Yoga and completing the Inner engineering workshop by Isha foundation I’ve realized yoga is not just a physical exercise or a rejuvenating session-
Yoga is a way of practicing mindfulness and self-awareness
The slow and rhythmic movement of postures in correlation with breath helps you quiet your mind, stay in the moment. Practicing yoga regularly improves your presence of mind and helps to focus your energy entirely in the present.
Yoga leads to spiritual path by connecting to your self and with everything around you
Yoga means “to unite”, the union of body, mind and the spirit. It builds an awareness of your body, your feelings, your surroundings and imparts a sense of oneness in you.
Yoga helps relieve anxiety and cope with everyday stress
The attention to breathing in yoga calms and improves your nervous system. By regularly practicing yoga, you will find yourself being calm and composed in stressful situations rather than freaking out.
Yoga keeps you grounded and look outside of yourself
The sense of oneness yoga creates in you helps you to think beyond yourself. You start focusing on your surroundings and caring for the beings on this planet.
Yoga helps you deal with curveballs better
Life is unpredictable and filled with inevitable moments of joy, worry, anger, and sorry. Although you can’t control the complexities in life you can choose how you react and respond to these situations. By practicing yoga and meditation, you can respond to the curveballs life throws at you from a place of peace and composure rather than reacting from a place of judgment or fear.
My Favorite Yoga Clothing
I have been practicing yoga every day since last week and trying to make it a part of my lifestyle. In the effort to do that, I attended the Inner engineering workshop (will be sharing my experience soon on the blog), got myself a new yoga mat and obviously some cute yoga clothing from Kohl’s.
There is enough distraction happening already in your mind while practicing yoga/ meditation, you don’t want your clothes to be one. I always opt for round neck and form fitted (not too tight) t-shirts so I don’t have to worry about exposing while bending or twisting into a new position or constantly pulling the shoulders of the t-shirt up. When it comes to pants, I love wearing leggings, sweatpants and harem pants.
As much as I love Nike and Adidas brands, they are also really expensive. That’s why I always check my local Kohl’s for deals on yoga clothing and other workout gear since they offer the best price always plus you can earn Kohl’s cash everytime you shop. They are currently having 25% off on most of the activewear brands like Nike, Adidas, Under Armour. Everything I am wearing in the post is on sale.
Yoga Clothing I’m Wearing
Outfit#1&3: Under Armour Tee in both black and blue (wearing size S) | Nike Legging | Gaiam Sports Bra (all these pieces are on 25% off + use code QUICK15 for extra 15% off) c/o kohl’s
Outfit#2: Adidas Sweatshirt (wearing size M)| Nike Legging | Nike Sports Bra c/o kohl’s
Favorite Yoga Clothing on Sale
Sports Bra– Gaiam Wire-free bra | Nike Sports bra (I love these) | Champion Sports bra | Full figure sports bra | Camisole Sports bra
Tops– T-shirts 1, 2, 3 | Sweatshirt- 1, 2
Bottoms– Sweatpants- 1, 2, 3 | Leggings- 1, 2, 3 | Shorts –1
Do you practice yoga?
When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace!