11 Apr The Nature of Yoga
This year I decided to include more yoga into my exercise regime. Since my outlook on fitness has changed and I am taking a more holistic approach – I wanted to challenge and test my limits as well as restore and rehabilitate my joints and muscles in order to get the best out of them.
Yoga was the ideal way in which to do that and have ‘active rest days’ in between the more vigorous exercising. The special thing about yoga is that it is so much more than just stretching and holding postures, it’s about connecting with oneself and shutting out all the distractions of the outside world. In order to execute those postures successfully, one has to be fully committed to the moment which is so important when trying to find balance and relief from stress.
I was recently lucky enough to do some yoga in Cecilia Forest in Cape Town. What a magical experience! The connection between my body and the nature around me was somewhat spiritual and made my practise that much more special.
I started drinking VitaCoco water during all my workouts, and I can honestly say it has become a welcomed addition. Even Yoga sessions I attend can be quite physically challenging and I build quite a sweat – so the coconut water provides the right replenishment of my electrolytes, glucose and water lost during my practise. Apparently, yogis across the globe agree and have also started swearing by using Vita Coco Coconut water during Bikram, Power, Hatha or Ashtanga yoga practise.
I strongly urge you to incorporate some yoga into your weekly exercise routine it will have a positive effect on all your work outs as it will strengthen your muscles and joints making you a more efficient athlete. Remember, yoga studios are non-judgmental spaces and it’s not about doing the postures perfectly, it’s about doing them to the best of your ability, so don’t feel intimidated if you do not have much flexibility.
Happy Health Fabulous
What I am wearing: Leggings: Adidas Originals, Top and sports bra: Lorna Jane South Africa
Photography: Tegan Smith