I think comes a time in life where you begin to look back at what you’ve done, how you grew up and what made you into the person you have become today. When I look back onto my growing years, I feel like even though I may have known that there are things I could be doing to prevent future breakdown, I never gave it a second though to incorporate it into my lifestyle.
Take stretching for example. I would never, ever stretch, it wasn’t something that ever came to mind. I remember one time when I was in grade 2, I was in gym class and my teacher had the whole class sitting around in a big circle. She was showing us different stretches and has us sit down, fully extend the legs out in front of you and reach for the toes. I had no issue with this at all, but while looking around, I would see my classmates, which most of them couldn’t even come close to reaching their toes.
At that point, I felt good. Like, I was flexible or something! And I remember my teacher telling us that if we practice, one day we would be able to touch our toes. My silly grade 2 self thought I didn’t need to get better because “I could already reach”.
Today when I think about that time in my life, I feel like,um…. those were totally thoughts of a grade 2 kid, who didn’t even try harder to become better, because she thought she was already good enough. Silly kid.
In life right now, the feeling of wanting to improve doesn’t stop. I feel like touching my toes is for losers, I want to reach my full elbows past those toes! Haha! ( really kidding, but see my point though?!?! ) If there’s one thing that fitness has taught me, it’s that there is never an end. Just like your mind when it comes to dreams, your body will keep delivering as long as you push it. Endless.
Never give up my friends, because there’s always so much further to go!
Although my fitness goals have me nowhere near being the best yogi, I do work on my flexibility and range of motion. Now that I’m older, ( and of course, much wiser ) I make stretching & yoga a part of my daily workout and it’s been that way for a while now. Actually, just last year ( 2015 ) I made a little New Year resolution to incorporate yoga into my life outside of when I workout. There’s even been times where I’ve done a few yoga videos, but I much prefer to spend time working with a few different stretches that feel good for me.
There’s been a few times now, where I’ve done the following 3 minute relaxing bedtime yoga sequence before moving into bed and really, it is relaxing! I had to take some pictures and show you guys because this definitely helps me sleep better! Is it possible to sleep deeper when you roll from your yoga mat to your bed? #IThinkSo 🙂
These yoga poses are perfect for beginners, and are super easy to perform. You can flow though each one slowly, doing the full sequence a few times, or you can hold each pose for 45 – 60 seconds. ( or whatever is comfortable for you ) Depending on the pose, I usually prefer to hold because I feel like I get more of a stretch/good feeling this way.
+ to breathe slowly and take deep breaths
+ take it slow, there’s no rushing through these poses, slow equals success!
+ use a comfortable exercise mat
+ allow your mind to free itself from thought
+ really push your breath into any muscle tightness you may feel
These yoga poses together, are a great way calm down and prepare for bed.
I like to spend about a full minute just moving between the cat and cow pose, which really opens my core/back/butt/shoulders/chest/pretty much gets my whole body feeling freaking amazing. 🙂
Are you someone who tries to improve on a regular basis?
Do you have any grade 2 left in you? Haha!