Trying to find balance in life can be hard. We all have responsibilities we need to take care of and there are only so many hours in the day to take care of them all. I’m a full time self-employed esthetician (read how I became self employed here) and now with this blog, it’s a struggle to find time to exercise. Both of these responsibilities take up a huge chunk of my time and not to mention all the travelling I do to maintain my long distance relationship (read My Long Distance Tips here). The way only way that I find time to workout is by changing the way I categorize it. I treat exercise as an appointment, just as I would a doctor or dentist appointment and I don’t dare miss those!
One of my favorite workouts is hot yoga. The room is heated to over 90 degrees with humidifiers to add moisture to the air. It sounds as if it’s a recipe to pass out, but it’s the most challenging and relaxing workout I’ve ever done. Makes no sense, right? How can it be challenging and relaxing at the same time? It’s hard to explain, but the heat puts me in a state of Zen and the flow itself almost seems effortless. I completely shut off my mind, ignore the heat, and prepare myself to SWEAT. It has done wonders for my body in more ways than one. I’ve noticed a huge improvement with my overall body strength, especially in my upper body. I couldn’t even do a push-up to save my own life (sad I know), but there are so many strength poses incorporated in yoga that play a huge part in your arms and upper back. Every muscle in my body goes to work and I have toned and leaned out as a whole. #heckya
My life as an esthetician has my movement throughout the day limited and we all know how horrible it is sitting in a chair all day. I try to stand up, drink a lot of water, go the bathroom (the most walking I do at work, seriously), and try to stretch. Yoga has forced my body to stretch and loosen up and get back to feeling like a human being again. It’s released so much tension for me, especially in my neck. Which has ultimately reduced my tension heads caused by having a tight neck and shoulder area (from sitting at work all day). If I miss a yoga session because I’m travelling or sick, I can totally feel a headache coming on and if you’ve ever experienced tension headaches, they are excruciating. I’ve gotten them so bad before that I’ve puked. #worst
Aside from the physical part of yoga, the mental part is the best. With my psychotic schedule I always end my workweek with a hot flow session and I calm my state of mind. Yoga has encouraged me to remain positive, deflect negativity, and leave my work life at work. During my yoga practise, there is nowhere that I have to be, no one that I have to talk to, and more importantly nothing I have to think about. It’s extremely therapeutic and basically hits my reset button to have another hectic, yet rewarding work week.
I always try and stay hydrated and get my flow on. Do you?