Yoga is not rigid.  Yoga does not discriminate.  Yoga is for everyone. And every human on earth can benefit from the practice.  

From high level athletes, to people struggling with addiction, to the severely obese, and even the happiest person you know.  We all need it.

Here are the top reasons I hear why people don’t practice-

  1. I’m not flexible enough.
  2. I’m overweight or out of shape.
  3. I don’t know where to start.
  4. It’s too expensive.
  5. It’s too difficult.
  6. I don’t have time.

 

If you fall into one of these categories, I’m going to fill you in on a little secret.

You WILL increase flexibility if you practice. I promise.  And you will find that you love having more mobility in everything you do.  Any sport you do, you’ll become better at.

You WILL create more body awareness. You will think faster, you will sleep better, you’ll wake up more rested and feel good when you get out of bed in the morning.

Yoga will OPEN your MIND.  You will no longer think linearly.  You’ll be more creative and think outside of the box.  This would probably help you in your professional career too.

 

Yoga will OPEN your HEART.  Your relationships will become stronger.  You’ll be able to have more compassion and “show up” better for the ones you love most.

 

You will feel less alone.  Just ask my friend @theonelyyogi. You’ll start to understand that you are actually a part of everything, so you are never truly alone.  You’ll begin to understand what ONENESS and EQUANIMITY are all about. This will help you to BELIEVE in yourself more. You’ll gain more CONFIDENCE.  You will feel FREE.  And all of this will allow you to access your MAGIC.

 

You’ll REMEMBER where you came from.  You’ll remember that child with all of those DREAMS  and wonderment.  You’ll follow your HEART more closely. You will rediscover your PASSIONS and hopefully you will pursue them fiercely.  

Like I have done.  I believe in you.  You can do this too.

So…I encourage you to stop making excuses.  

What choices are you making with your time instead of yoga?

In order to receive these benefits from the practice you have to …

First, make a commitment to yourself and your practice.  Once a week to start or whatever you are comfortable with.  You don’t have to do 108 days in a row. Although that would certainly help. Even a seven day commitment would help ease you into a routine and build momentum.

Second, you have to be dedicated.  Once you commit, stick with your promise.  If you do miss a day, its ok, don’t be hard on yourself or judge yourself, this will only harm your practice.  Just start again tomorrow.

Third, think of a specific GOAL around a pose or a sequence that you’d like to achieve.  This will help you to stick with your plan. My goals help to keep me grounded and stay committed to my asana practice.  I am always working on something new and challenging.  Which keeps itfun and fresh.  It could be an inversion, like crow or even handstand. It could be around flexibility, like half pidgeon or fire log pose.  Whatever your flavor, just set the intention and make a plan, a process, for how you are going to achieve said goal.

 

Remember, if you write down your yoga commitment and your yoga goal, it makes it that much stronger.  Also, I encourage you to share your positive intentions with your family and friends, and even post on social media.  That will help keep you accountable during your new and exciting yoga journey. If you’d like you can use the hashtag #mindfuljess when you post and I can follow along.

Know that I am always here to support you in life and in your practice.  You can email me at jess@mindfuljess.com if you have any questions or if you are needing encouragement.  

GO GET EM!!!

You are love, you are light. Namaste.

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