Starting Yoga can be intimidating. It's hard to go to a class for the first time, not knowing what to expect and not knowing if you're able to do the exercises asked of you properly. It's even worse if you're surrounded by yogis who seem to have been practicing for a long time. However, knowing the five basic yoga exercises I'll teach you today, you are surely ready for your first yoga class. I hope you will love it as much as I do.
Fitness isn’t always easy and we’ve all hit that bump in the road, the setback. A lot of the time it takes hard work and a lot of time to be able to see the first results. Many people even quit before having had any success. Others saw the first results, only to fall behind them after some time. What’s important is how you react to that bump. Are you one to give up or are you taking back control and steer yourself up? Today I want to share with you my strategies I am using when I am frustrated with my fitness results.
If you've followed my blog, you know that I travel a lot and therefor love a good bodyweight workout. However, after a while, always repeating the same exercises at the same pace can get a little dull. That's why I researched for ways to get my bodyweight workout on the next level. I also wanted to know why it is that bodyweight exercises are so effective and how they perform compared to weight training. Read here what I found out.
Today I want to present you a guest post from the wonderful fitness and health coach Margaret Dunn. Margaret is traveling a lot, especially in South America, where she likes to do her workouts at the beach with nothing but her bodyweight and whatever she can get her hands on. In this post, she shares her secrets on how to stay fit while traveling the easy way. This guide is for everyone, who doesn't want to spend hours of training while on the move and who is lacking the right equipment, yet still wants to stay in shape. Margaret explains first hand how she does it, and so can you!
Practicing Yoga in Bali was amazing. I honestly thought it couldn't get any better. I've never heard of Lombok as a yoga island but rather as a surfer island. But then I found the most amazing yoga place, with a breathtaking view while practicing, awesome and super nice teachers and the most amazing fresh food. Ashtari Yoga really got me stoked.
A strong core is super important in your day to day life. It will improve your posture and prevent you from having backpain. Especially if you travel a lot, like I do, and have to carry a heavy backpack, a strong core is even more important as it has to work hard to stabilize your spine to keep you in an upright position. Because the core is such an important part of your body and there is a lot of confusion as to the core being just a synonyme for abs, I created this article along with some great core exercises.
During my time in Luang Prabang, Loas, I met the traveling yoga teacher Tasha. She was teaching Vinyasa yoga at Utopia Bar, where I happened to take classes. I talked to Tasha after class and felt immediately connected to her. However, I guess she is the type of girl who can connect easily with anybody. That's just the type of person she is. I found her story of being a traveling yoga teacher absolutely inspiring so when she agreed to this interview I was more than happy. I hope that you too will find it interesting.
Right now, there seems to be no better place to practice yoga than Bali. More specifically Ubud. During my travels, I visited the yoga mecca myself to see if it was worth the hype. And it was. I tested several different yoga studios to see which suited my style best and did yoga on a daily basis. There is just something about Ubud that makes you want to get on your mat everyday, drink smoothies and eat clean. Maybe it’s the strong community, some sort of positive peer pressure that makes you want to change your lifestyle forever. Whatever it was, I didn’t mind it. Read here all about my yoga experience and about the studios I tried out in Ubud.
Yoga at Utopia Bar was an amazing experience. I got the recommendation to go there by our lovely host and she had only but praise for the place. When I got there I wasn't disappointed. The class took place on a beautiful terrace with view on the river and palm trees. In this post, I gathered all the information you might need if you want to experience this one of a kind class yourself.
Practicing Yoga in Thailand was a whole new experience for me. I am very used to the 'western' yoga style, but the way Thais do yoga is very different. Yet I absolutely loved it. It was challenging, sometimes even a little painfull, but it showed me that I can actually go much further beyond my limits and go deeper into the poses than I thought I could. This helped me so much in my yoga practice as it gave me new strength and new confidence. Read here all about my experiences with yoga ananda in Chiangmai, Thailand.