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I have a confession to make.

I haven’t always been a yoga fan. And definitely NOT restorative yoga.

In fact I often thought, without trying it, that it is far too slow and boring for my active mind.  I thought that if I have one hour to give myself it will not be in a slow yoga class when it can be in a high intensity muscle building, endorphin pumping, calorie burning class.  Boy was I wrong!

 

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While higher intensity classes build strength, muscle and endurance, it is s important to slow down in a life that already tends to be fast-paced and stressful.  We do not realize the pressure we put on ourselves on a daily basis increasing the stress level cortisol which, in turn, causes weight gain, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Restorative postures are supported with props such as blocks, straps and blankets designed to maximize your comfort and allow you to ‘let go’.  Research has shown that Restorative Yoga decreases cortisol levels while relaxing your muscles, lowering your heart rate and giving your nervous system the time to restore.

 

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An intense workout is rewarding but it comes with a price – stiff, sore and achy muscles.  Restorative Yoga helps release tense muscles and relieves joint aches.  Apart from the bodily benefits, this practice quickly transitions the mind and body from stress to calm almost immediately! For those of you who find falling sleep (or staying asleep) difficult Restorative Yoga and sleep complement  one another.

With such an active lifestyle and an active mind, I find I search for calming practices such as Restorative to allow me to sort my emotions and thoughts.  After a Restorative Yoga class I find myself more relaxed, calm, focused and I am far more effective.

As most of my clients know, I truly believe and encourage everyone to add in a Restorative Yoga class once a week into their lives.  If you’re feeling overworked, stressed, anxious, achy or simply have an injury you are recovering from try this sacred practice you will not regret it.

Starting an exercise program is one thing but sticking with it is another! Stay motivated with these 5 simple tips:

  1. No Excuses: Tear down those mental walls. The mind is a powerful thing, it can help you get through tough times, or it can cause you to crumble. It is important to learn how to handle and control the mind when it starts to rant, rave and tell you not to do something you know is good for you because of fear, failure or a challenge. Controlling the mind will stop your negative thoughts from getting the best of you!

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   2. Everyone needs a motivating partner! Whether this partner is your spouse, friend, family member or a personal trainer you need to be accountable to someone! Find      your motivator and work with them to achieve your goals.

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3. Don’t get caught up in an “all or nothing” mindset – Exercise shouldn’t be complicated! If you find you are having an overwhelmingly busy week and cannot fit in your 3-4 workout days then 1-2 days is better than nothing!

 

4.   Make your workouts fun! Life is too short not to have fun everyday! You are more likely to stick to a fitness routine if you enjoy what you are doing. Whether your thing is guided fitness classes or 1-on-1 personal training choose something rewarding enough to make you feel good about doing it. If you’re having a good time you will look forward to it week after week!FullSizeRender-5

5.  Join communities that build positive habits – surround yourself with positive people and positive spaces that motivate, encourage and inspire you to push harder and reach your goals. Everyone is on their own unique and personal journey so do not get caught up in counting calories and tracking steps walked that you miss out on how powerful a community, a workout buddy, or family and friends, rooting for us can be. It can make all the difference.

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