Determination and Downward Facing Dog

downwardfacingdogIn my last post, I talked about doing yoga regularly because I felt that it would be good for my mental and physical well-being. I went to Yoga class this morning and it was much different from the last 2 classes I attended back in April. There are different types of Yoga and back in April, I tried Alignment Hatha Yoga which focuses on stretching poses mainly and while I was a bit tense, the poses weren’t that difficult. Since that type of yoga class was done for this session, I decided to use my 3 remaining classes and try a more vigorous type of Yoga called Vinyasa Yoga. This type of yoga required more movement and balance and the poses flowed into each other. I realized just how tense my muscles are and how I lack balance for the most part. I heard of the pose “Downward Facing Dog” but actually doing the pose back to back was work! I didn’t sweat in Alignment Yoga but today, the room felt like it was on fire! I always thought of Yoga to be relaxing which it was but it also makes you aware of your body and what you need to work on. My instructor was very nice and patient but I felt like I was the only one who required extra help multiple times throughout the class. Granted, it was my first Vinyasa class but I didn’t think I was so out of shape. Although I struggled throughout the class, I am glad that I went and I look forward to going back next week. In the meantime, I am going to look for some Vinyasa videos on YouTube so I can practice my downward facing dog along with a few other poses lol. I am determined to do Yoga throughout the summer and hopefully for the rest of the year because I love how aware and connected I am with my mind and body. My body may feel drained afterward but my spirit feels renewed and that feeling is priceless. If there is something that you find passion and purpose in, don’t give up when things get difficult. Nothing worth having comes easy so keep pushing through the pain (whether it be mental and/or physical) until you reach your goal! Much love to you all:)

Always remember to love and live luxuriously!

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The Power of Positive Thinking

Positive thinking 1Every year, I tell myself that things will be different as far as the way I look at situations. I would always say the Maya Angelou quote “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude” to myself and live life through that perspective. I realize that it is easier said than done and when things go badly, I am quick to resort to the old patterns and behaviors. I tend to let negative situations consume me and while I end up getting out of the rut eventually, I end up feeling emotionally drained and have to work harder to put the pieces back together. Two of my goals at the beginning of the year were to start working out and start meditating so I would be able to strengthen my physical and mental state of being. I worked out at home at the beginning of January and went to 2 yoga classes in April before I lost interest in each activity. I knew why I lost interest in working out (I wasn’t ready mentally) but yoga was something that was supposed to help the mind, body and soul and I enjoyed the classes I went to but that spark that I had at the beginning of the sessions faded away as weeks went by. I let other issues caused by things out of my control bring me down and take away my passion for Yoga and anything else that would be a positive influence or change in my life.

I had an epiphany last night while thinking about what to write today and wanted to share it with all of you. As much as I want to work out and be fit, I first need to work on my mental and spiritual state and I want to start by reading books that will motivate, enlighten and encourage me. I plan on reading “Super Rich” by Russell Simmons( which I have had for years now and never got around to reading it) and finish reading “The Art of Seduction” by Robert Greene.  I will also look to others who have faced adversity and come out on top. I feel that Oprah is definitely one of those people who have been a positive influence on my life. I am so excited about going to her  “The Life You Want” tour in September because I feel that being around like-minded people and hearing one of my inspirations speak about bringing positive energy into your  life will uplift my spirits. I also promised myself that I would continue with Yoga because I felt better about myself and my life after leaving the classes and I won’t let anyone or anything get in the way of that. Last but not least, I want to speak positive quotes and affirmations into my life every day especially when I am feeling down and out. I feel that these things will improve my mental and spiritual state and when you feel good internally, I feel that the external will follow. If you have any quotes, affirmations or tips on positive thinking, post them here and I’ll share some of mine throughout the week. Much love and happiness to all of you!

Remember to Love and Live Luxuriously!