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HERE IS WHY I STARTED YOGA AND SO SHOULD YOU

I started practicing yoga because I was genuinely concerned about my health at a very early age. Growing up my parents always inculcated the habit of eating healthy and staying fit so that kind of influenced me to always stay on top of my diet and wellness regime. To be honest, I initially portrayed yoga to be only for people who are recovering from an injury or for those who just want to stretch or relax. It never crossed my mind that practicing yoga would be one of the most challenging things I could put myself through. Even more challenging than your usual gym routine.

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What pushed me towards Yoga?

I remember my parents dragging me to my first yoga class in the name of family bonding time and boy did I find SO boring. Little did I know I would end up turning a yoga teacher… After a few classes over 6 months or so, I found my body craving the calmness I felt after practicing yoga and how I started noticing little things in my body that I wouldn’t not usually pay much attention to. In a nut shell I was able to prevent my body from several injuries. Going for one or two classes in a month was still not enough for me to call it a regular practice. After moving to Toronto to complete my Masters, I found myself getting burnt out often, not eating the right foods and even having this lingering feeling of being lethargic all the time. And mind you this was inspite of me exercising on a regular basis (2 to 3 times a week). I remember complaining about it to my parents and they immediately advised me to start practicing yoga again.

Here’s how I did it

Now here I am with my mind boggling engineering workload, balancing family and friends and more importantly keeping up with events and posts on Kfashionstop. Bottom line is I let stress get to me once again. A couple of weeks later, I had enough of it and decided to concentrate on my mind & body wellness. With so many types of yoga and meditation techniques out there I found it difficult to understand what should I even be doing? Every morning, I started my day with a few stretches. Forward folds, side stretches to even just breathing. With my body tight as ever, I did not let that dampen my spirit. I pushed myself to do this for me. After a couple of months of figuring out my own sort of yoga sequence and a ton of reading, I was able to find that head space and calmness in everything I did during the day. I found myself getting less irritable, I was able to balance my social life and moreover, not get stressed out. That’s when I made it my mission to talk about the significance of yoga and the positive impact it has had on my life and I want to share that with you because I do not want anyone to feel the way I did when stressed.

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If you are someone who is on a budget and cannot afford to join a yoga studio, that should not stop you from learning more about yoga and practicing. Yoga is something you can even practice at the luxury of your own home. There are so many e-books out there that cater to beginners or any level for that matter. If you are keen on starting today, check out my e-book here. If you are injured or pregnant please consult your doctor before taking it upon yourself to practice.

Here’s how you can make a change starting today

  1. To help with clearing your mind, download a meditation app – spend 5 to 10 minutes in the morning or right before going to bed. Some of my suggestions are The Mindfulness App, Headspace and Calm.
  2. Either sign yourself up at a yoga studio or use an e-book for beginners (theyogic) to get started.
  3. Practice about 2 to 3 times a week to see the difference sooner. I would recommend trying out various forms of yoga to see what your body is most comfortable with. Again it’s not a race or a competition to see how soon this can bring a positive change to you instead use your practice time to listen to yourself. Your body is your temple and if you cannot treat it with love and respect, then do not expect others to do so too.
  4. Every time you find yourself in a situation where you hurt someone, apologize and ask what you can do to make things better. If you are in a situation where someone else has caused harm to you, let it go. Holding on to such anger and hate will not change anything. When you are meditating, us this time to send positive energy and thoughts to that person.
  5. SMILE. When I find myself in a situation where I feel the world’s burden is sitting on my shoulders, I force myself to smile. It’s shocking to notice how our minds change instantly and release endorphins. To read more about this, click here.

You can always DM me on Instagram (@kfashionstop) or send me an email (karen@kfashionstop.com) if you have any questions or concerns about starting yoga or if you are confused about something. I’m here for you!

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