As with any good habit, the best time to start a yoga or meditation practice was yesterday, but the second best time is now. Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t committed to your New Year’s resolutions as strongly as you’d planned. Sometimes life gets in the way! Happily, this month’s yoga roundup has plenty of tips for starting a new practice—or for restarting one if you’ve fallen a little behind.
How To Start A Yoga Routine If You’ve Never Done It Before, According To Experts—Interested in yoga but not sure where to start? Not to worry. This article shares eight practical tips for beginning your yoga journey, including starting small and scheduling yoga into your routine so it becomes a habit.
30 Day ‘Dedicate’ Yoga Journey by Yoga with Adriene—Yoga with Adriene generously offers a free 30-day yoga journey every year, with daily yoga videos to help you build a habit of getting on your mat. Each year has a different theme, and this time it was Dedicate. Although Dedicate has almost concluded, it’s a free collection of YouTube videos and you can start (or restart) any time you like! We’re linking you to the full playlist so you can bookmark it.
How Do I Bring More Mindfulness Into My Life?—A mindfulness practice brings a sense of peace to your life, even when things around you feel chaotic. But the prospect of starting a formal mindfulness practice can feel overwhelming. These six practical tips will help you find ways to inject a little mindfulness into your everyday tasks so you can increase your comfort level with mindfulness before diving into a formal practice.
How Yoga and Breathing Help the Brain Unwind—Speaking of mindfulness, this article from Psychology Today gives a scientific look at why mindfulness-based practices like yoga and pranayama are so good for us. When our neurotransmitters are firing too quickly (anxiety) or too slowly (depression), yoga and breathing help smooth things over. This is a must-read!
4 Surprising Ways to Use a Yoga Bolster—Yoga props are awesome, and not just for beginners! If your yoga bolster gathers dust between yin sessions, give it a new purpose with these four unique moves that challenge your core and improve stability.
Nike Dropped Its First Collection Made Specifically for Yoga—Nike has been in the athleticwear game forever, but did you know that they’ve never released a line specifically for yoga? That all changed this year, and there are options for women and men. Our favorite part about the launch is that Nike used a diverse lineup of models of all shapes, sizes, and abilities to showcase the collection.
Here’s your 2019 fitness inspiration: She’s 95 and is doing the splits—Even the most dedicated yogis could use a little inspiration now and then, and they’ll definitely get it from Phyllis Sues. She’s 95 years old, lives in New York City, and does yoga every morning. Her advice is simple: “To be sedentary is terrible, so move.”
How a Yoga Teacher is Saving First Responders Across America From Depression – With Downward Dog—Yoga instructor Olivia Kvitne Mead founded nonprofit organization Yoga For First Responders in 2013 and has been teaching yoga classes to help first responders deal with the mental and physical demands of their jobs ever since. While fulfilling, she says her job isn’t always easy.
How to Find Your Self-Care Squad—Do you have people around you to offer support in tough times? If not, here’s how to find them and why having a community of care is so important.