Breath is one of the Pillars of your Strength Temple. It's there for a reason as it's so important for health, both physical and emotional. One of the most amazing ways to focus on breath is through Yoga practice.
Here’s a beautiful article from Shona Vertue around treating yourself to some Yoga love. We thrive on this at The Strength Temple and invite you to let Shona into your lives too. She’s a force of nature.
How many of you find the thought of practicing yoga intimidating? Daunting even? Putting the body in compromising positions, confronting situations, discomfort, stillness … it’s pretty scary stuff right?
I’m going to be honest here and tell you that it scares me too. And no word of a lie, about 2 minutes into my daily practice my brain has pretty much written a thesis on why I should stop and do something else.
That’s where the #yogaquickie concept came from … I thought – 5 minutes every day (or #yogaeverydamnday in the land of instagram) is better than 90 minutes once every month or fortnight.
6 minutes of deeply concentrated, joyful and breath-synchronised movement, is far more beneficial than 90 minutes of a pseudo-yoga class with a front row ticket to your own internal monologue ranting on about your likes and dislikes, to-do list and see-through lululemon pants.
10 minutes, 5 minutes, just 3 deep breaths even – it’s all yoga. To me an advanced yoga practitioner is determined by the quality of the connection between their body, mind and breath, not by how well they can impersonate a german pretzel.
I live in a busy city, time is more valuable than money and ironically more scarce – so I understand the need for fast, effective results. In my experience as an elite gymnast, yoga teacher, personal trainer and massage therapist, I know that nothing works better and faster than good old consistency (remember that concept of sticking to something for longer than it takes to go through your Facebook news feed?)….
So – give me roughly 3-5 minutes. Every day. Try a quickie, and see how you feel. I've quite flexible! Don't force any of the moves and only do what feels comfortable. If you are unsure speak to your trainer or GP before you start on any type of new fitness campaign.
You’ll be amazed that you’re actually doing yoga. Every damn day and your body will thank you for it.